Matthew 13: 53 – 58

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 13: 53 – 14: 36

Text: Matthew 13: 53 – 58 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his home town he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offence at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his home town and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. (ESV)

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  1. Jesus’ family:





  1. Jesus’ ministry:

Manifests wisdom:

Accompanied by power:

  1. Jesus’ audience:





  1. Jesus’ response:

His self-declaration:

His assessment:

His expectation:

Heidelberg Catechisms 92 – 93

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Exodus 20: 1 – 21

Text: Mark 12: 28 – 31 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall 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: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (ESV)

Q. 92 What is the law of the lord?


Q. 93 How are these commandments divided?

A. Into two tables.

The first has four commandments, teaching us how we ought to live in relation to God.

The second has six commandments, teaching us what we owe our neighbour.

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  1. The threefold aspects of the law:




  1. The use of the law:

To condemn:

To direct:

To lead:

  1. The foundation of the law:

God’s deliverance:

God’ Spirit:

  1. The summary of the law:

Love for God:

Love for man:

  1. The order of the law:



Joel Final prophecy

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Joel 3

Text: Joel 3: 16 The Lord roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. (ESV)

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From poverty to opulence:

From threats to promises:

  1. Divine vindication:

Fair judgment:

Certain judgment:

Fearful judgment:

  1. Divine leadership:

Full deliverance:

Longed return:

Abundant provision:

Enduring kingdom:

  1. Divine dwelling:

With his people:

For his people:

  1. Divine distinction:

Regarding judgment:

Regarding eternity:

The Kingdom of Heaven

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 13

Text: Matthew 13: 24 – 52 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, …… (ESV)

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Christ-given privilege:

Christ-given responsibility:

  1. Resisted:

The devil’s work:

The devil’s subtilty:

The devil’s copying:

  1. Mixed:

God’s patience:

God’s care:

God’s distinction:

God’s warning:

  1. Growing:

In its extent:

In its influence:

  1. Precious:

Heidelberg Catechisms 88 – 91

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Romans 6

Text: Romans 6: 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (ESV)

Q. 88 What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion?

A. Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new.

Q. 89 What is the dying-away of the old self?

A. To be genuinely sorry for sin and more and more to hate and run away from it.

Q. 90 What is the rising-to-life of the new self?

A. Wholehearted joy in God through Christ and a love and delight to live according to the will of God by doing every kind of good work.

Q. 91 What are good works?

A. Only those which are done out of true faith, conform to God’s law, and are done for God’s glory; and not those based on our own opinion or human tradition.

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God’s work:

Man’s work:

  1. Biblical dying away:

To be genuinely sorry for sin:

To hate sin:

To run away from sin:

  1. Biblical rising to life:

Joy in God:

Delight to obey God:

  1. Biblical good works:

God-given faith:

God’s law:

God’s glory:

Joel 2: 28 – 32

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Joel 2

Text: Joel 2: 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (ESV)

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  1. The Spirit of God:

God’s presence:

God’s power:

God’s blessing:

God’s Son:

  1. The day of God:

Divine blessing:

Divine judgment:

  1. The people of God:

Have the Spirit of God:

Called by God:

Trust in God:

Escape to the city of God:

  1. The promise of God:




Heidelberg Catechisms 86, 87

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Ephesians 5

Text: Ephesians 5: 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (ESV)

86. Since we have been delivered from our misery by grace through Christ without any merit of our own, why then should we do good works?
Because Christ, having redeemed us by His blood, is also renewing us by His Holy Spirit after His own image, that with our whole life we may show ourselves thankful to God for His blessing, and that He may be glorified through us; then also, that we ourselves may be assured of our faith by the fruits thereof, and by our godly walk may win others also to Christ.

87. Can they then be saved who do not turn to God from their unthankful, impenitent life? 
By no means: for, as the Scripture says, no unchaste person, idolater, adulterer, thief, covetous man, drunkard, slanderer, robber, or any such like, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

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A contested issue:

A difficult balance:

A most important order:

  1. The necessity of good works:

The word of God:

The kingdom of God:

  1. The foundation of good works:

Christ’s redemption:

Christ’s renewing:

Christ’s image:

  1. The purpose of good works:

Thankful to God:

Glory to God:

Assurance from God:

Lead to God:

Joel 2: 1 – 27

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Joel 2: 1 – 27

Text: Joel 2: 12 – 13 “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. (ESV)

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  1. Prophetic warning:

A incoming army:

A powerful army:

A fearful army:

A God-sent army:

  1. Prophetic exhortation:

Urgent repentance:

Wholehearted repentance:

Motivated repentance:

National repentance:

Motivated repentance:

  1. Prophetic encouragement:

God’s jealousy:

God’s answer:

God’s deliverance: No more fear

God’s provision: Gladness

God’s provision:

God’s kingdom:

Matthew 13: 1 – 23

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 13

Text: Matthew 13: 1 – 23 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.….. (ESV)

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  1. An unexpected statement:

Divine hiding:

Divine prerogative:

Divine judgment:

  1. A clear exposition:

Sovereign giving:

Further provision:

Undeserved blessing:

  1. A balanced position:

Man’s responsibility:

Man’s heart:

  1. A biblical fulfilment:

God’s kingdom revealed:

God’s kingdom coming:

God’s kingdom advancing:

  1. A solemn warning: