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
10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? (Just like Jesus, Christians shouldn't stay away from sinful people. This doesn't mean that Christians should say, think, and do the sinful things people who aren't Christians say, think, and do, but Christians should show love (they try to help their physical, mental, emotional, financial needs, visit or call them when they are in the hospital, and tell them how they can go to heaven when they leave this world, etc.) and interest towards sinners (For example, Matthew invited his tax collector friends to his house so they could meet Jesus and have their lives changed.). When Christians do this, sinners see that the Christians sincerely care about and want to help their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or financial needs. As a result, the sinners think good thoughts about God (Matthew 5:16), and they want to become Christians too.) 12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. (Someone who is physically well doesn't need to visit a doctor. In the same way, someone who is a proven Christian doesn't need to pray or make a decision to become a Christian. The publicans and sinners that Jesus ate with were spiritually sick, and they needed Jesus to make them whole by erasing their sins so they could go to heaven when they left this world.) 13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (People who refuse to admit that they are sinners, such as the Pharisees in this text, will not become Christians. Jesus died on the cross to erase our sins, but if we think that we don't have sins that need to be erased, there is no hope for us to become a Christian. Also notice that Jesus came to call sinners to "repentance". If a sinner isn't willing to repent (be consciously or unconsciously willing to live the way this website describes - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/chap39 from this moment on and for the rest of their life), they aren't ready to become a Christian. This concept is described in these websites - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/theanswer and http://chriswaug5.wix.com/nocontridiction)
(If you have prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, but you stay away from people who aren't Christians and don't show love (try to help their physical, mental, emotional, financial needs, visit or call them when they are in the hospital, and tell them how they can go to heaven when they leave this world, etc.) and interest towards them, please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/makingsure)
(If you have not prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, you must be willing to repent "from this moment on and for the rest of your life" before you pray or make a decision to become a Christian (This concept is explained in these websites - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/theanswer and http://chriswaug5.wix.com/nocontridiction). If you are willing to live this way, please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/howtogotoheaven
(If you have prayed or made a decision to become a Christian, but you are not sure that you are really a Christian (Hebrews 11:6, Matthew 21:18-22, 1 John 5:14, and Hebrews 11:1), you need to be sure - please follow this website - http://chriswaug5.wix.com/howtogotoheaven)