Gospel of Matthew | Day Four
By: Taylor Cage | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
Today we’ll finish the Sermon on the Mount, jumping in right where we left off. Hopefully, you’ve had some time to process all the things we read yesterday and you’re ready to move forward in this passage!
Before we begin, take a few minutes to jot down some of the main ideas from yesterday.
Now, read Matthew 6:1-4.
In the age we live in, it’s practically impossible to do many things in secret unless it’s intentional. So why does Jesus tell us to be careful not to practice our righteousness in front of others?
Why should our giving be done in secret?
Read Matthew 6:5-8.
Prayer can be one of the most forgotten disciplines of the Christian life, partly because we don’t always know how to do it. But here in these verses, Jesus lays it out so plain and simple.
What about this prayer is similar to the way that you pray?
What about this prayer is different than the way that you pray?
Read Matthew 6:9-15.
Write out your own prayer, in your own words using the Lord’s Prayer as a template.
Read Matthew 6:16-18.
Have you ever fasted? If so, what did you fast from and what led you to do it? If not, why haven’t you?
Fasting is when we crave God more than we crave food (or whatever else it is that we give up). Fasting is a spiritual discipline that isn’t always talked about or practiced very often, and yet it’s one that Jesus prioritizes.
Read Matthew 6:19-24.
Consider verse 21. What does it mean for your heart to be where your treasures are?
What would it look like to store up treasures in heaven rather than on earth?
Why is it not possible to love both God and money? How have you seen evidence of this in your own life?
Read Matthew 6:25-34.
Anxiety is at an all-time high in the world we live in today. And still, the Bible speaks to us right where we are at.
Do you consider yourself a worrier? Why?
What does Jesus say about worrying?
Why is it difficult to not worry even though Jesus tells us not to?
Read Matthew 7:1-6.
What are we called to do before we judge someone else?
How often do you look into the mirror to check for splinters in your eyes?
Read Matthew 7:7-11.
Do you always feel like you find the Lord when you seek Him? Why or why not?
What do you think it means that the Lord gives to you when you ask? Surely He doesn’t give us everything we ask of Him?
God wants us to know that He is always available to us and He will never withhold good things from those who walk in obedience to Him. Read Psalm 84:11.
Now, read Matthew 7:12-29.
What does it mean that not everyone who calls out to the Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven?
These last few chapters have been A LOT! Take some time and do some self-evaluation in response to all of the things that you read. Ask God to open your eyes and reveal to you areas of your life that he wants to change.