The Kingdom Unveiled #10 – Matthew 6:1-4, 6:19-7:6

1. Give secretly

Matthew 6:1-4
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

2. Hide your treasure

Matthew 6:19-24
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

3. Don’t worry

Matthew 6:25-34
25 “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

4. Don’t parent

Matthew 7:1-6
“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. “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? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “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 turn and tear you to pieces.


The Kingdom Unveiled #9 – Matthew 6:5-18

1) Prayer is between you and God

Matthew 6:5
“Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. 

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

2) Fasting is between you and God

Matthew 6:16-18
16 “Whenever you fast, don’t be gloomy like the hypocrites. For they make their faces unattractive so that their fasting is obvious to people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting isn’t obvious to others but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

3) Prayer benefits you

Matthew 6:7-8
 When you pray, don’t babble like the Gentiles, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him.”

Battalogeō – To stammer, or repeat things over and over

> Prayer has more to do with your heart than your tongue.

> The point of prayer is to build communion with God.

4) Prayer benefits your community

Matthew 6:9-13
“Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

> The right kind of prayer has passion for:

  1. a) God’s name

9 “Your name be honored as holy.”

  1. b) God’s kingdom

10 “Your kingdom come.”

  1. c) God’s will

10 “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

> The right kind of prayer brings your need for:

  1. a) Daily provision

11 “Give us today our daily bread.”

  1. b) Continual forgiveness

12 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

> The forgiven should be the first to forgive.

  1. c) Strength to fight temptation

13 “And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

Peirasmos – tempted or tested

Rhyomai – to snatch up from danger

5) Communion with God requires forgiveness

Matthew 6:14-15
14 “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. 15 But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.”

> Judicial Forgiveness – eternal forgiveness granted at the time of salvation.

> Paternal Forgiveness – ongoing forgiveness that restores fellowship with God.

1 John 1:5-9
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The Kingdom Unveiled #8 – Matthew 5:17-48

Matthew 5:17
17 “Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill it…” 

> 6 Laws of the Heart

1) Do not Murder

Matthew 5:21-24
21 “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, ‘Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Whoever insults his brother or sister, will be subject to the court. Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be subject to hellfire.”

LotH (Law of the Heart): Live at peace with everyone.

 23 So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.” 

2) Do not Commit Adultery

Matt 5:27-30
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’  28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

LotH: Honor each other with your pure thoughts.

3) Do not Divorce

Matthew 5:31-32
31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’  32 But I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

Deuteronomy 24:1
1 If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house…

LotH: God desires that all marriages last for a lifetime.

4) Don’t Break your Oath

Matthew 5:33-34, 37
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, ‘You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord.’  34 But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all… 37 But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.”

LotH: Your character should be strong enough to verify your truth.

5) An Eye for an Eye

Matthew 5:38-42
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  39 But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

LotH: Overcome evil with good.

6) Love your Neighbor

Matthew 5:43-44, 46-47
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy…’ 

Leviticus 19:18
18 Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself;

44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary?”

LotH: Show love to everyone, no matter if it’s returned or not.

Matt 5:48
48 “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Teleios – complete, perfect

Romans 3:21-26 (NCV)
21 But God has a way to make people right with him without the law, and he has now shown us that way which the law and the prophets told us about. 22 God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same: 23 Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, 24 and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. 25 God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins. 26 And God gave Jesus to show today that he does what is right. God did this so he could judge rightly and so he could make right any person who has faith in Jesus.

The Kingdom Unveiled #7 – Matthew 5:1-16

Matthew 5:1-16
1 When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to teach them, saying:

> Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty?  It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.”  15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.

> Steps to Becoming Salt and Light

Beatitudes – “the blessings


1) The poor in spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

…receive the Kingdom of Heaven.

2) Those who mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

…will be comforted.

2 Corinthians 7:10
10 Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation… 

3) The humble

Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth.


…will inherit the Earth.

Romans 8:16-17
16 The Spirit himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—if indeed we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

4) Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

…will be filled.


5) The merciful

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

…will receive mercy.

6) The pure in heart

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

…will see God.

1 Corinthians 13:12
12 For now we see only indirectly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

7) The peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

…will be called children of God.

8) Those who are persecuted

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 11 “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

…will receive a great reward in heaven.

16 …so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

> The Take-away Truth:

Give the Spirit permission to develop you.