Opening Prayer - Heavenly Father we thank You for the opportunity to learn about Your Word. We pray that you will help us to understand these verses in Matthew so we can fulfill our purpose in life. May everyone who tunes in this evening receive a blessing and learn from your Word and be able to apply what we have learned in our daily lives. We're eternally thankful for this ministry, and we pray that we can share these websites with others and many people can begin to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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For Wednesday evening services, the Lord has lead me to do a Bible study for practical Bible verses in Matthew. Please come back to these Bible lessons in order to review them and learn them. Whenever we have learned the meaning of Bible verses and think about them throughout each day, we will be in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Not only that, but when we are in a situation in our daily lives and are tempted to sin, we can think back to what we have learned from the Bible and say to ourselves, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation." This is what Romans 12:2 means, and it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This is also the pattern that Jesus used when the devil tempted Him to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Matthew chapters 5-7 are Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 4:17 means if someone wants to go to Heaven, they need to be willing to repent (change the way they live and think) from this moment on and for the rest of their life. Matthew chapters 5-7 explains how someone needs to be willing to live and think, from this moment on, if they want to repent and go to Heaven. Also, if someone wants to become a Christian, they need to be consciously or unconsciously willing to follow (imitate and obey) Jesus "from that moment on and for the rest of their life". If someone is not willing to live the way Jesus' Sermon on the Mount explains, they are not willing to follow (imitate and obey) Jesus. Therefore, that person is not ready to become a Christian by trusting Jesus' death on the cross and His shed blood to erase their sins and let them into Heaven. For more information about being willing to follow Jesus and it's relationship to salvation, please see these websites - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/nocontridiction and http://chriswaug5.wix.com/theanswer
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Pastors, evangelists, Sunday school teachers, and those who witness to others are not always true Christians. They could be doing it for money, power, or prestige. Even worse, there are people like this who try to hide important truths in the Bible and twist the meaning of Bible verses so others will believe what is false and go to hell as a result. Something is seriously wrong when someone goes to great lengths and expense to tell others they are saved because they prayed a prayer to get saved, but they try to greatly discourage others from paying attention to Bible verses that help people to know if they have really been saved (became a Christian) and other important Bible verses, such as -
Matthew 7:13,14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 6:12–15; John 14:15; James 1:26; 2 Corinthians 5:14–18; Revelations 3:15–16; John 15:1–11; Matthew 7:17–21; Luke 13:3; Luke 6:46; Acts 10:36; Romans 10:9–10; Luke 14:25–35; Luke 9:23–26; 1 John 4:13; Galatians 5:24; Mark 12:30–31; Ephesians 5:16; Galatians 2:20; Romans 14:7–9; 1 Corinthians 15:31; Philippians 2:12–13; James 2:14–26; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–22; Deuteronomy 6:4–7; Matthew 10:28; Ephesians 4:3; 1 John 2:6; Isaiah 26:3; 1 Timothy 5–6; Matthew 24:13; Matthew 6:31–32; Philippians 3:18–19; Hebrews 10:26–39; 1 John 3:8–10; 1 Corinthians 6:9–10; Ephesians 5:3–6; 1 Peter 4:1; Galatians 5:19–21; Luke 16:10–13; Proverbs 12:22; Romans 8:6; James 4:4; Romans 12:2; Psalms 101:1–8; 1 John 2:15–17; Matthew 5:28; Mark 12:30–31; Luke 17:26–33; Luke 14:15–24; 1 Peter:1:15–16; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Matthew 12:36,37; Mark 16:15; Matthew 7:24–27; Ezekiel 3:17–19; Revelations 21:7–8; 1 Thessalonians 2:16; Matthew 5:1–12; 2 Corinthians 7:9–11; 1 John 5:2–4; 1 John 2:3–6; Luke 16:15; Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 6:5–11; Hebrews 13:5; Luke 6:46–49; Titus 1:16; Romans 2:6–10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7–9; 1 Peter 1:14–17; Matthew 5:19; Matthew 3:8; James 1:12; Hebrews 10:32–39; Hebrews 11:6; 2 Corinthians 3:16–18; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Corinthians 6:17–18; Titus 2:11–14; Philippians 4:17–19; and John 15:18–21.
Not only should Christians be aware of these people, but the leaders of a church have the responsibility to remove people like this from their church who refuse to change their ways. This is what the Bible says about removing immoral people from churches -
1 Timothy 1:3 "As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,"
2 John 1:9-11 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
1 Corinthians 5:1-13 (with bolding and underlining added) "1It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person."
2 Corinthians 11:3-6 "3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 5For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 6But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things."
2 Corinthians 11:12-15 "12But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
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