Seeking God First: A Study on the Sermon of the Mount
Treasure God’s Treasures Matthew 6:16-24
July 29, 2018
Pastor John Lloyd
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expresses His desire for us to live for Him in an upside down world. This greatest sermon ever given, is uplifting, yet challenges us to live a life with Jesus that is far better than any other! It is our prayer that you will be encouraged and challenged by studying and applying this great sermon to your life. Small groups are also available throughout the week to further discuss and put into practice the lessons taught from the Sermon on the Mount.
Today’s Passage: Matthew 6:16-24
How do we live securely in this insecure world?
Big Idea: Treasure His treasures!
I. Treasure the approval of __________ above human recognition.
Matthew 6:16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Leviticus 23:27)
The law required fasting on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27). The Jews fasted also on anniversaries of national calamities and in cases of great drought. Jesus is referring to the fasting of the Pharisees on every Thursday when Moses ascended Mt. Sinai and on Monday when he came back down again. Fasting and sorrow went together. It had its place in Judaism not as ascetic practice but as an accompaniment to prayer when expressing deep sorrow for sin and asking God to turn away his penalties away. But the Pharisees practice private fasting as a means to secure the reputation of great holiness among the people. Lenski
Treasure God’s Treasures!
II. Treasure heavenly _________________ above earthly treasures.
Matthew 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
A. Reject the ________ that earth’s treasures are the ultimate.
Do not lay up for yourselves-
“Treasures on this earth are corruptible and therefore insecure, whereas treasures in heaven are incorruptible and therefore secure. After all, if our object is to lay up treasure, we shall presumably concentrate on the kind which will last and can be stored without depreciation or deterioration.” E. Stanley Jones. (Luke 12:15, Proverbs 6:6-8, I Timothy 5:8)
Poverty Theology- Disdain for earthly possessions. Wrong to have excess.
Prosperity Theology- Prosperity is the reward for the righteous. If God is happy with you, He will bless you with many possessions.
Proper Theology- Possessions are a trust given by God-responsible to manage them. All belongs to Him. I Timothy 6:17-18, Ps.24:1, I Cor.4:7
B. ___________________ treasures are the ultimate. (Matthew 6:20)
Lay up for yourselves-
I Thess.2:19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Versus rust, moth and thieves)
“Earthly treasures will never fully satisfy. There will always be something wrong with them. Even the person with everything still desires something more.” John Stott
Worldly person says I own these things. Godly person realizes we are stewards who must give account of them. They are just leased to me. “I am leasing.” This is how I must view myself, and how I view my life in this world. These things will not be the center of my existence. Wiersbe
Reflective Questions: What makes a treasure truly valuable? What are your affections truly set on? Col. 3:2 (See Growth Group last question)
May what God treasures be what I treasure!
III. Treasuring His treasures ____________________ my vision.
Matthew 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
“We need to have spiritual vision, if our spiritual perspective is correctly adjusted, then our life is filled with purpose and drive. Our vision can be clouded by materialism, we lose our sense of values, then our whole life is in darkness and we cannot see where we are going. Covetousness causes us to lose our vision.” E. Stanley Jones
Acts 26:19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,” Acts 26:17-19
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:12
I do not cling to these things. They do not become the center of my life and existence. I do not live for them or dwell upon them constantly in my mind; they do not absorb my life. On the contrary, I hold them loosely. I am not governed by them; rather do I govern them; and as I do this I am steadily securing, and safely laying up for myself, “treasures in heaven.” Hughes
Lord, Give me a heavenly vision of what you treasure.
May my heart, soul and vision be what you treasure!
Growth Group questions for July 29th
Icebreaker: Besides your family and friends, what do you see as your most valuable possession? Why is it so valuable?
1. Read Matthew 6:16-24. Summarize in your own words what you hear Jesus saying. Ask God to speak to your heart and how these verses can be applied to your life.
2. Read Matthew 6:16-18, Leviticus 23:27, Acts 13:2,3. Describe what the Pharisees were doing? What is wrong with this approach? What is the right way to fast? What kind of fasts have you done and why?
3. Read Matthew 6:19-20, Colossians 3:2, I Timothy 6:17-18. How does materialism tie our hearts to this earth? How does generous giving tie our heart to the Father?
4. Read Matthew 6:21, Hebrews 11:13, Job 1:21. How can recognizing that we are pilgrims on this earth be an antidote to materialism? Discuss this quote: “The worldly person says I own these things. The godly person says I am leasing these things.” What things are the hardest for you to not feel like you own?
5. Read Matthew 6:22-24, I Timothy 6:19, I Peter 1:4, Hebrews 13:16. What are the contrasts given in Matthew 6:22-24? What truths are absolute from this passage? Reading the other passages, what kind of vision do you see being presented? How can this help you?
Personal Reflective Questions: Examine your heart and life before God
What occupies my thoughts when I have nothing else to do? What occupies my daydreams? Is it my investments, my position? If so, those are the things I treasure, and that is where my heart really is. Similarly, what is it that I fret about most? Is it my home or perhaps my clothing? If so, then I know where my treasure lies. Apart from my loved ones, what or whom do I most dread losing? What are the things that I measure others by? (This question is a very revealing mirror because I measure other people by that which I treasure.) Do I measure others by their clothing? By their education? By their homes? By their athletic prowess? Do I measure others by their success in the business world? If so, I know where my treasure lies.
Lastly, what is it that I know we cannot be happy without?