Introduction

“Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, beside Lake Galilee. Then Jesus began preaching.” Matt 4:13,17

 
Jesus preached to the crowds in the open air; he trained his disciples, he challenged the authority of the religious leaders, and confronted their hypocrisy, and he lived out the values he preached.

 
The conversations Jesus had with His disciples and other people are recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

 

Jesus taught the message of what a Christian should believe and how he should live in relationship to God and our fellowman.

 
The Greatest Commandment
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40

 
The theme of all of Jesus’ teaching is to love God with all of our hearts and to love one another. Jesus taught us about love and forgiveness. He taught us not to judge others. Jesus taught us to give to the poor and to be careful not to let wealth become too important. Jesus taught us to be genuine and not hypocritical, to pray and to have faith. Finally, Jesus taught us to follow Him and to place our faith and trust in Him.

 
Jesus did not destroy the Old Testament Ten Commandments, He molded them into a new covenant (new commandments) having the same moral values as the old, but now personalized, expanded and empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ Messages

Part 1: Messages on Love
1. Love the Lord
2. Love Your Neighbor
3. Love Your Enemies
Part 2: Messages on our Relationship with God
4. Repent
5. Be Born Again
6. Follow Me
7. Ask in Faith
8. Fulfillment of the Law
9. Keep My Commandments
10. Ask, Seek, Knock
11. A House of Prayer
12. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper
13. Practice Secret Disciplines
14. Listen to God’s Voice
15. Take My Yoke
16. Deny Yourself
17. Fear God
18. Watch and Pray
19. Await My Return
Part 3: Messages on our Relationship with Others
20. Feed My Sheep/Take Care of Other Believers/Seek to Bring Others to Christ
21. Do not despise little ones
22. Judging Others
23. Forgive Offenders
24. Be Reconciled
25. Dealing with Sin in the Church
26. Honor Your Parents
27. Honor Marriage
Part 4: Messages on Character
28. Be Perfect
29. Keep Your Word
30. Go the Second Mile
31. Do Unto Others
32. The Narrow and Wide Gates
33. Be Wise
34. Do Not Worry
35. Rejoice in Persecution
36. Invite the Poor
Part 5: Messages on Money and Wealth
37. Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
38. Seek First the Kingdom of God
39. Beware of Greed
40. Render unto Caesar
Part 6: Messages on the Great Commission
41. Holy Spirit
42. Let Your Light Shine
43. Pray for Those who Spread the Word
44. Lead by Being a Servant
45. The Great Commission
46. Beware of False Prophets
47. Beware of False Teaching
48. Do not Throw Pearls to Pigs

Messages on our Relationship with God

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1. Repent
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Luke 13:3
Repentance is turning to God to be forgiven of one’s sins.
Repent means to turn from your sins. Internally we change our way of thinking; externally we change our way of acting.
Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of how you think and live.
Repentance begins by changing our minds about what is right and what is wrong.
A person who has truly repented will have a changed life. Jesus’ goal for us is to be like him in character and obedience. They would begin to develop the nine virtues of the fruit of the Spirit. These Christ-like virtues are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control.

2. Be Born Again
In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 5Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3:3-7
3. Follow Me
4. Ask in Faith
5. Fulfillment of the Law
6. Keep My Commandments
7. Ask, Seek, Knock
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 NIV
There is nothing that God would not give us if it is in our best interest to give it.
God actively encourages us to pray.
Be persistent in presenting your requests to God.
God knows which gifts are good for us and which are not.
God gives us what we ask for if they are in accord with his will.
Ask God for his help and his wisdom and his guidance. Petition God to meet your needs. Ask him to lead you, to protect you and to correct you.

8. A House of Prayer
9. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper
10. Practice Secret Disciplines
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1

Jesus taught us to love God genuinely and not to make a show of it for others. When we give and when we pray, we should do it privately.
Do good deeds to please God, not for the applause of observers.
Give charitably to please God, not for the admiration of men.
Give secretly.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:5-8

11. Listen to God’s Voice
12. Take My Yoke
13. Deny Yourself
14. Fear God
15. Watch and Pray
16. Await My Return

Work in progress….

Teachings on the Great Commission

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Teaching on the Great Commission

  1. Holy Spirit
  2. Let Your Light Shine

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men.” Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. John 5:1; 16
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50
Be obvious in your faith.
Christians have a responsibility to be an enlightening influence on society through how they live and how they treat others. They strive to demonstrate a Christ-like character in all of their dealings with people by exhibiting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

A Christian glorifies God by obeying him and doing his work. They glorify God when they love their enemies, forgive offenders, …
As he lives in the world, a Christian is evident to all. Their good deeds draw attention to God.
They give glory to God in all things. They let the world know how much they value God. They let their light shine when they do not complain in in the middle of life’s struggles, when they love others, and when they are honest and kind.

3. Pray for Those who Spread the Word

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38

Pray for God to send out people to minister unsaved.

Pray for people to bring Christ’s message to all people.

4. Lead by Being a Servant

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

True greatness is not wrapped up in title or position but rather in service.

Seek to serve rather than to be served.

A Christian leader is there to serve others.

5.  The Great Commission

 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16 NIV

God will give you the words to say and the boldness of when to say them.

We are to help spread the gospel. Teach others about Jesus. Parents have a big responsibility to teach their children about Jesus.

Loving others means that we care about their eternal destiny and their relationship with the Lord.
Believers have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus.
Jesus gave the authority and ability to us believers to carry out the great commission.
Believers are to encourage people to become followers of Christ.

6. Beware of False Prophets
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:15-20
Test the ideas that influence us through the persuasion of others.

False prophets, look meek, but are predators on the inside. False prophets are particularly dangerous because they appear to be genuine.
We should expect false prophets to be accompanied by unusual and spectacular religious works, done superficially in the name of God. A false prophet is often accompanied by deceptive signs and by seeming wonders. We should expect them to perform deeds which suggest miraculous power. And we should expect that these deeds be performed under the pretext of being done by God’s power and to His glory.
Mainly, they tell people precisely what they want to hear, rather than defend God’s word.

They attempt to lead men away from the truth of the gospel (Acts 13:8), and to deceive genuine Christians with false doctrine.
True teachers teach bible truths and not tradition or ritual.
A true teacher seeks God’s glory rather than his own glory.
A true teacher would not use religion as a means to financial gain. They are free from greed and laziness.
A true teacher would not be contentious or divisive.
True teachers exhibit the fruit of the spirit.
Although we are not to be judgmental people, we are to be discerning.
If we want to know about the character of people, look at the consistent fruit of their lives!
You can tell a true teacher by the character present in their life – the fruit of their lives.
False teachers lead cults and advance New Age thinking.
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
We must separate ourselves from false teachers and false prophets.

7. Beware of False Teaching
“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6
How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 16:11-12
False teaching is any statement that contradicts the bible.
Jesus wants us to have wisdom and insight, and not be deceived by false teaching. Learn to test the ideas that influence us through the media, in books, movies, and speakers.
To get the truth about Jesus, go to the primary source of information, the Bible, not the world.

8. Do not Throw Pearls to Pigs

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6
Use Your Time and Resources Wisely
Do not throw pearls before pigs. This means that we should use common sense and tact in talking about our religion—otherwise we may do our cause more harm than good.
Use your time and resources wisely. Learn to discern with whom to share the gospel. Spend your time and energy on the impressionable. Recognize that there are some people so hardened to receiving the Gospel message that they will not listen; we are to quit wasting our time in trying to convince them and use your energy to move on to others.
When you see your resources and time falling on deaf ears, cease and move on. They do not have ears to hear so you are just wasting your time.
Jesus is not teaching that Christians are not to share the gospel with unrepentant sinners in case they reject it and attack the one preaching it, because He teaches everywhere else that Christians must be prepared to die for the gospel’s sake if need be.

Jesus’ Teachings on Character

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Teachings on Character

 

1. Be Perfect
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 NIV
“In a word, what I’m saying is, grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 The Message
When God calls us to give an account for our thoughts, words, and actions, he does not do so to compare us to murderers, terrorists, or thieves; he compares us to himself.
If we have broken God’s law in any way, no matter how small the infraction may seem to us, compared to God we are offenders.

Christ is perfect and we will never become perfect. Jesus wants us to keep striving towards perfection in our relationships with one another.

As much as is humanly possible, we must aspire to be like Jesus.
Learn to compare yourself to the standard that is highest, rather than excusing yourself by comparisons to others
2. Keep Your Word

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:33-37
Be honest before God and with each other.
Keep your promises. Prove that you can be trusted.

There are many ways to be dishonest. One is to remain silent  in the face of untruth, in justice and unfairness.
Integrity matters. Truth matters. Promise keeping matters.
Misleading someone by not telling the truth or by keeping silent about something is deception.

As Christians, we cannot remain silent in the face of heresy or compromise with it.
We must always fight for the truth.

3. Go the Second Mile

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42

The principle of the second mile is to do more than is required or expected of us. Do beyond what is required. Give beyond what is required.

When we go the first mile we are doing what is expected of us. The second mile is given freely.

In Jesus’ day, if a Roman soldier saw a Jewish man or boy, he could command the man or boy to carry his backpack or burden for a mile. The Jewish boy or man was required by law to carry this soldier’s burden for a mile. However, most Jews would not carry this burden one inch or one foot further than the law required. This law caused terrible resentment among the Jews toward the Roman government.
When a Jewish man or boy is carrying the soldier’s backpack for the first mile, he is a slave. However, when he chooses to carry the burden for a second mile, he then takes control of the situation. The character mile moves us from slaves to masters. The first mile is the “have to” mile, but the second mile is the “want to” mile. The second mile changes the context of the relationship.

4. Do Unto Others

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
What we call the Golden Rule refers to Matthew 7:12.
The Golden Rule – doing for others what we would want done for us summarizes Jesus’ teaching about how to live for others. Jesus’ entire way of life is about concern for others.
Treat others as you wish to be treated.

The “Golden Rule” is the name given to a principle Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount. The actual words “golden rule” are not found in Scripture.

The Golden Rule says to actively pursue and treat others as we would like to be treated in all things.

 

5. The Narrow and Wide Gates

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14

There are many ways to live your life, but only one way to get to Heaven, and that is to choose the narrow way. The only way to enter Heaven is through the narrow confines of a Christian walk. Recognizing that the easy way does not yield the same reward as deliberately choosing the harder but superior way.

The narrow path is living the way Christ expects us to live, as stated in his commands. The narrow road involves following the teachings of Jesus. It is a harder road, as the Sermon on the Mount shows us – It is not always the easy way to turn the other cheek, it is not an easy road to love your enemies, it is not a simple path to refuse to judge the motives of others.

6. Be Wise

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16

A defenseless sheep in the midst of a pack of wolves would stand no chance of survival without the faithful protection of a courageous shepherd.
It is that sense of helpless and dependence that the Lord wants of us.
It is awareness of your complete inadequacy that enable you to be used so mighty by God.
He was alluding to the belief at the time that the serpent was smart, cunning and cautious and in that characteristic Christians are to emulate them… The snake knows to pick his fights.
Embody the characteristics of keenness and innocence.
Do not naively entrust yourselves to men
Do not without good cause make them angry.
Do not fall into the traps of their catch questions, but pray for grace to give them the appropriate answer.
Do nothing that might enable them to bring a valid charge against you.
In Biblical times, the word “shrewd” did not have the same derogatory sense of
meaning that it seems to have today. It was a more positive term meaning cautious,
wise, and prudent.

7. Do Not Worry

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:3 NIV
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:25-26 NIV
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 

Take your worries to God and leave them there. Trust God and let him be in control of your life. To worry is to have little faith.
Because we believe in God, we can have peace in our storms and struggles.
Worry exhibits a lack of trust in God. Instead of worrying, put my trust in God and know that all things will work together for the good of those that love him.
Trusting God means we come to the point that we can know that God will provide what we really need.

Rest content in Jesus’ protection and control of our lives.
Have inner peace knowing you belong to Jesus’.
God has the power to overcome your fears.

8. Rejoice in Persecution

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. John 15:18-21

Jesus said that if we are ridiculed or rejected because of following his way or speaking the gospel, then we should be happy.
Some people will find distasteful our religious beliefs. We are to expect opposition and hostility from unbelievers. When you experience hostility because of your beliefs, you are to maintain your allegiance to Christ but it will not always be the easy way.
You are persecuted because Christian values are in distinct opposition to world values.

9. Invite the Poor

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Luke 14:12-14

Do not perform good deeds/works on the basis of mutual invitation.
The real meaning of hospitality is found in inviting someone who cannot repay you, someone who is unfamiliar to you.
Show hospitality to people who do not have the means to repay you.

Do good deeds for those who cannot reciprocate the favor.
Befriend those who cannot repay you for your interest, concern, or time.
Others help people who can’t help them, by feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, or helping the handicapped.
True volunteerism is giving to those who cannot repay you.
Instead of inviting our friends or rich neighbors, we are to invite “the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind.” We are called to get past society’s balanced 50/50 arrangement. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. . . . But love your enemies, and do good, and lend expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great . . . . Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:32-36)
You are a steward and not an owner of your possessions and God is free to direct you at any time to acts of unselfish investment in others who cannot repay.

Teachings on Relationships

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Teachings on Relationships with Others

 

1. Feed My Sheep/Take Care of Other Believers
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again, Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:15-17

Jesus often describes his followers as sheep. Jesus was calling Peter to tend to the people of God. It was a calling that required sacrifice and commitment. Jesus tells Peter that if he loved Him, then he should take care of his fellow man.

Invest in the growth of other believers.
Feed, teach, support, and nourish other believers.

When we love Jesus, we must express our love to Him.

Besides feeding with God’s Word, we must also feed them by extending a warm welcome to the newcomer, befriending the lonely, encouraging the shy, loving the unloved, being role-models for the young, feeding the hungry, providing resources for the needy, offering hospitality, praying for all, etc.

When we love Jesus, we express our love to Him by teaching God’s word to all Christians, as well as guiding, warning, protecting, disciplining, and restoring them. It also includes warning them against false doctrines, protecting them from wrong associations, and disciplining them.

2. Do not despise little ones/Treat Other Believers with Dignity

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:10
Christ uses the term “little ones” or “child” to mean Christians. He warned that it is a dangerous thing to cause a believer to stumble morally.
Jesus wants us to treat other believers with dignity.
Treat other believers with respect, even if they practice their faith differently than we do. Do not think that what you do or do not do makes you more acceptable in the LORD’s sight.
Paul’s admonishment is to never take advantage of a fellow believer in anyway – socially, financially or any other way.
We are to love one another, to serve one another, to pray for one another, to help one another, to encourage one another, but never, never are we to take advantage of one another.
Remember the context of the command, it was the fact that the disciples were bickering among themselves over who was the greatest that prompted this whole teaching. In their selfish ambition to climb to the top, they more than willing to put each other down.

The Parable of the Wandering Sheep
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:10-14

3. Judging Others
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:1-2

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3-4

37″Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Luke 6:41-42

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

Whatever judgment you give others will be the very way you are judged by God. If you have been shrewd in finding out the shortcomings of others, remember that will be exactly how you will be measured.

Criticism and judging others is vindictive and cruel. People judge and criticize to make themselves look superior. Judging others means to criticize, backbite, gossip, censor, condemn, and grumble against another person. It means to talk about and to tear down another person; to share things about another person that cut and hurt him and that lower his image and reputation in the eyes of others. The word usually means to talk about a person behind his back, when he is not present.
Be merciful. Always assume the best and give people a chance to make their wrongs right. Look at others with eyes of mercy instead of criticism. Jesus is telling us to work on our own faults rather than judge others.
Christian believers are to be loving, caring, and looking after each other, not destroying each other. We are to be supporting, encouraging, and building up one another, not tearing down one another. Think of people’s good attributes rather than looking for their weaknesses.
We cannot believe that some people are acceptable and others are not.
Excluding anyone, or seeing ourselves or our group as inherently better than any other is wrong. We may disagree and discern another person or group to be wrong-but when that discernment causes us to value another person or group less, then we’ve crossed the line into judgment, condemnation, and exclusion.

4. Forgive Offenders
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12

4 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 14-15

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25-26
“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Luke 17:3-4
For Jesus, forgiveness is of paramount importance.
When we recite the Lord’s Prayer we are asking God to forgive us, as much as we forgive others.

Bitterness is related to hatred and anger. In bitterness we feel that we have been subjected to an injustice. We want vindication and vengeance. If we brood on the injustice we suffered we will become bitter. The bitterness will run our life. Hatred and anger will be near us and love and forgiveness will be far away. We have all suffered injustice. We also need to remember that we have created injustice ourselves. If all the unjust are to be punished we must remember that that includes us. If we want to be forgiven rather than be punished then we must grant that to others as well. So Jesus says to you, “How severely shall I punish injustice?” Not being stupid we respond, “Lord, please punish not but have mercy and forgive.”

Never take revenge on the people who have hurt you. Be quick to forgive, just as Jesus forgave you. Choose forgiveness over bitterness or revenge.

Forgiveness does not come naturally, it is an intentional, a conscious choice.
Forgiveness sets you free from bitterness, rage, and hatred toward others.

Jesus used parables to illustrate various aspects of forgiveness.
During his conversation with Peter, Jesus told the parable of the unforgiving servant (Mt 18:23-35).
Luke’s gospel has a series of five forgiveness parables: the barren fig tree (Lk 13:6-9); the bent over woman (Lk 13:10-13); the lost sheep (Lk 15:4-7); the lost coin (Lk15:8-10); and the greatest forgiveness parable of all, the prodigal son (Lk 15:11-32).
Jesus was extremely kind and merciful in the way that he forgave those who sinned against others. After the Roman soldiers had scourged and nailed him, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them” (Lk 23:34).

5. Be Reconciled
6. Dealing with Sin in the Church

 

7. Honor Your Parents
For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother.’ Matthew 15:4

This is the fifth commandment in the Old Testament.
In our youth we are called to honor our parents through obedience, as young adults we are called to honor our parents through recognizing their wisdom and in our parents elderly years we are called to honor them by being there for them and treating them with kindness and caring.

 

8. Honor Marriage

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:6

Total commitment and total faithfulness are essential in honoring marriage. Be faithful to the person you marry.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matthew 19:9

Teachings on Money and Wealth

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Jesus’ Teachings on Money and Wealth

 

1. Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
“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 moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
The Bible includes countless verses about wealth and material possessions, and the futility of pursuing either.
Spend your assets on the things that count. Use your money to lead people to faith and being generous to the poor. Focus on things that matter – relationships with others and with God.
Use your material blessings for eternal purposes rather than personal, private pleasures.
The point of this teaching is that we must not become too focused on what we have in this world. We are here for but a short time, so we must remain focused on things that are important -loving and serving God. When we die, our possessions will mean nothing.

2. Seek First the Kingdom of God
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Make doing the will of God the highest priority in your life.

Getting to know God in a personal way should be our greatest priority in life. We should focus on how we will spend eternity rather than the present.

Our number one priority in life when it comes to spending our time, attention and energies is God. We need to choose wisely wit

h an eternal perspective on what is truly important. It is not self-importance, work, or play.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41
The very first commandment “Thou shall have no other gods before me” directs us to not allow any idol to come before God. There is a human tendency to put other priorities ahead of the seeking of God’s kingdom’s interests.
Seeking first His kingdom reminds us that our citizenship is in heaven. We are loyal to our nation, but we recognize that we belong to God’s Kingdom.

3. Beware of Greed
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
The most important things in life are not things. Love people more than material possessions.
Greed is a form of idolatry.
Jesus taught us to be faithful and generous in our giving back to God and giving to other’s who are in need.
Jesus never said that it was a sin to be wealthy, but He did teach that having wealth would make it difficult for people to follow Him. The wealthy may become too attached to their possessions and if we are to follow Jesus, nothing can be more important to us than He is. To prove his point, one very wealthy man who had kept all the other commandments came to Jesus and asked Him how to have eternal life. Jesus replied, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The man went away sad because he could not part with all of His wealth. When he saw this, Jesus said to His Disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

4. Render unto Caesar

“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

God requires honesty in paying what is required to secular authorities.

Give to the government what belongs to it, and give to God what belongs to him.

In its simplest form, Jesus tells that we should pay our share of taxes.
To God we owe worship and obedience.

Give to God What Belongs to Him— Matthew 22:19-21
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Matthew 22:21
Give to the government what belongs to it, and give to God what belongs to him.

Teachings on Love

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Jesus’ Teachings on Love

 

1. Love the Lord
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37-38
Jesus said loving God is the most important of all the commandments.
Love God above all people and all things. Guard your heart so that nothing is more important to you than God.
We demonstrate our love for God through obedience to his commands, doing his will, and seeking his honor.
This may raise a question about how I use my time and energy. I need to give God my best time for Bible study prayer, and service.

Jesus made it clear that He was asking for total commitment from His followers.
This is the first Old Testament Commandment.

 

2. Love Your Neighbor
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12–13

A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34–35

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39

 

3. Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:43-45 NIV
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Matthew 5:47
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. Luke 6:32-34
Jesus taught us to love not just our friends and family, but also our enemies.
Love your enemies, and pray for people that are against you. This expectation goes against every natural feeling we have.

Do not retaliate or take personal revenge on someone who wrongs you. Accept injustice without revenge.

Consider mercy, not justice, to those who wrong you. Jesus says that we are to do good to those who do evil to us. We are always to think of how to best benefit others in all circumstances.

With God’s help, forgive your enemies, be merciful to them, make peace with them, and pray for them.

Worldly values tell us to seek justice, to stand up for our rights, or to defend ourselves against slander.

Today, with God’s help, love the people who have hurt you and the people who reject you.
Only because we love Christ can we love our enemies.