Giving to the Needy

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 6

(verse 1 – 4)

“Beware of practising your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 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. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)

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  1. God’s honest assessment
  2. God’s challenging demands
  3. God’s perfect knowledge
  4. God’s twofold promise
  5. God’s clear purpose

Heidelberg Catechism 31 and 32 (part 3)

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 28

(verses 18 – 20) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Question 31. Why is he called Christ, that is, anointed?
Answer. Because he is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be
our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of his body, has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by his word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of) that salvation, he has purchased for us.


Question 32. But why art thou called a christian?
Answer. Because I am a member of Christ by faith, and thus am partaker of his anointing; that so I may confess his name, and present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to him: and also that with a free and good conscience I may fight against sin and Satan in this life: and afterwards reign with him eternally, over all creatures.

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Jesus Christ the King

  1. Jesus is King of our redemption – He is author, it is His work, He protects
  2. Jesus is King in our restoration – restores God’s image in us, restores in the fight against sin, restores to be presentable to God
  3. Jesus is King as He is our ruler – through the Spirit, through the Word
  4. Jesus is King as we rule with Him – He shares His righteosness, His holiness, His kingdom, His glory

The Church – a description

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

1 Peter 2

(verses 9, 10) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (ESV)

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  1. The Church is the assembly of God
  2. The Church is the body of Christ
  3. The Church is the temple of God
  4. The Church is the Israel of God
  5. The Church is the bride of Christ
  6. The Church is the Jerusalem of God

Heidelberg Catechism 31 and 32 (part 2)

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Hebrews 4: 14 – 5: 10 & Hebrews 8

(Hebrews 4: 15) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (ESV)

Question 31. Why is he called Christ, that is, anointed?
Answer. Because he is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be
our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of his body, has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by his word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of) that salvation, he has purchased for us.


Question 32. But why art thou called a christian?
Answer. Because I am a member of Christ by faith, and thus am partaker of his anointing; that so I may confess his name, and present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to him: and also that with a free and good conscience I may fight against sin and Satan in this life: and afterwards reign with him eternally, over all creatures.

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Jesus Christ the Priest

  1. Our high priest – appointed by God, offerrs Himself as a sacrifice for sin, faultless
  2. Our redeemer – bought by Christ, offers His body, we are His people
  3. Our intercessor – personally, continually,succesfully
  4. Our example – consecration, adoration, intercession

The People of God

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Hosea 12: 2 – 14: 9

(Hosea 12: 6) So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.” (ESV)

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  1. God’s description of His people – rebellious, forgetful, unwise, warned
  2. God’s self revelation to His people – your God, your leader, your saviour, your helper, your problem
  3. God’s requirements of His people – to wait on the Lord, to return to the Lord, to trust in the Lord
  4. God’s promises to His people – to deliver His people from death, to heal His people, to love His people freely, to enrich His people, to be among His people

Heidelberg Catechism 31 and 32 (part 1)

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

John 16: 1 – 15 and Luke 24: 13 – 35

(Luke 24: 19) And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people” (ESV)

Question 31. Why is he called Christ, that is, anointed?
Answer. Because he is ordained of God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Ghost, to be our chief Prophet and Teacher, who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption; and to be
our only High Priest, who by the one sacrifice of his body, has redeemed us, and makes continual intercession with the Father for us; and also to be our eternal King, who governs us by his word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in (the enjoyment of) that salvation, he has purchased for us.


Question 32. But why art thou called a christian?
Answer. Because I am a member of Christ by faith, and thus am partaker of his anointing; that so I may confess his name, and present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to him: and also that with a free and good conscience I may fight against sin and Satan in this life: and afterwards reign with him eternally, over all creatures.

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Jesus Christ the Prophet

  1. Origin of office – God ordained, God annointed
  2. Nature of office – necessary, complete, revealing, saving
  3. Means used in office – filling with the Spirit, inspiration of the Spirit, illumination by the Spirit,
  4. Sharing the office – sharing the anointing and Spirit we make Christ known

Jesus and the Law

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 5

(verses 17 – 20) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. (ESV)

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  1. Jesus’ declarations
  2. Jesus’ fulfilment
  3. Jesus’ challenges
  4. Jesus’ greatness