Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week Pastor G preaches a message on Matthew 6:16-24 where Jesus teaches about fasting, wealth and desire.
Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. ~ Matthew 6:16-18
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! ~ Matthew 6:22-23
“The eyes are the window to the soul.” – A Common Saying, Paraphrasing this statement by Jesus.
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. ~ Matthew 6:24
#1) It’s the attitude of the heart behind what you do that matters. Be virtuous for virtue’s sake. DO THE RIGHT THINGS JUST BECASE THEY ARE RIGHT THING.
#2) Don’t acquire wealth for wealth’s sake, just to live in exorbitant luxury. Don’t let money be your master. Recognize that everything belongs to God.