The greatest in the kingdom

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 18

Text: Matthew 18: 1 – 9 ….. Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven ….. (ESV)

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Jesus’ language:

Jesus’ example:

  1. Becomes:




  1. Receives:

The least:

The Lord:

  1. Fights:

Tempting into sin:

Falling into sin:

  1. Chooses:

Spiritual good:

Eternal reward:

Heidelberg Catechism 123

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Ephesians 1: 15 – 2: 22

Text: Matthew 6: 10 Your kingdom come. (ESV)

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Q.123 What does the second petition mean?

A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way

that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil’s work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all.


The doing of God:

The glory of God:

1. Spiritual:

Jesus said to Pilate: My kingdom is not of this world.

The implications of our salvation: Paul writes to the Colossians: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. Jesus says to Nicodemus that new birth is the only way to enter God’s kingdom. This tells us a lot about the nature of biblical conversion. It is not saying a prayer. It is receiving Jesus as Lord or to use the words of Peter: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God…

The conversion of our neighbours:

The content of our preaching:

2. Ecclesiastical:

Increase our number: We pray that sinners will enter into God’s kingdom.

Increase our power: The apostles in a time of persecution pray that God would grant to his servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. We pray for God to give us strength in our duties.

Increase our faithfulness: By these words, your kingdom come, we show that as a church we want to be faithful to Jesus.

Increase our borders: Mission!

3. Universal:

Christ’s return: Come, Lord Jesus!

Christ’s victory:

Genesis 35

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 35

Text: Genesis 35: 3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone. (ESV)

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  1. Biblical truthfulness:

The failings of God’s people:

The sufferings of God’s people:

  1. Biblical headship:

The centrality of the family:

The need for instruction:

The simplicity of witnessing:

The impact of an example:

The role of worship:

  1. Biblical blessings:

God’s answering:

God’s presence:

God’s protection:

God’s appearance:

God’s power:

God’s commitment:

Matthew 17: 24 – 27

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 17

Text: Matthew 17: 24 – 27 ….. However, not to give offence to them, go to the sea and cast a hook and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself. (ESV)

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Different interpretations:

Different context:

Different views:

  1. Jesus’ obedience:

God’s law:

God’s righteousness:

  1. Jesus’ teaching:

His person:

His disciples:

  1. Jesus’ principles:




  1. Jesus’ provision:


Illustrative: …for yourself

Heidelberg Catechism 122

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Romans 11

Text: Matthew 6: 9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (ESV)

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Q. 122 What does the first petition mean?

A. “Hallowed be your name” means: Help us to truly know you, to honour, glorify, and praise you for all your works and for all that shines forth from them: your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth.

And it means, Help us to direct all our living—what we think, say, and do—so that your name will never be blasphemed because of us but always honoured and praised.

Question 122


Our confession:

Our regeneration:

  1. God’s name:

His person:

His revelation:

His works:

  1. God’s glorification:




  1. God’s priority:

His law:

His hymn book:

His example:

His kingdom:

  1. God’s way:

Our thoughts:

Our words:

Our prayers:

Our witness:

Our gathering:

Our actions:

Genesis 34

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 34

Text: Genesis 34: 5 Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. (ESV)

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  1. Jacob’s surroundings:

Sexual immorality:

Personal interests:

False pretence:

  1. Jacob’s family:

Sexual immorality:




  1. Jacob’s response:




  1. Jacob’s God:



Unchangeable: God says through his prophet Malachi: For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

Matthew 17: 22 – 23

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 17

Text: Matthew 17: 22 – 23 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed. (ESV)

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Christ’s knowledge: of himself and of his destiny

Christ’s instruction: to his disciples

Christ’s disciples:

  1. To be delivered:

Divine element:

Human element: Judas and the Jews

  1. To be killed:

Man’s unrighteousness:

God’s righteousness:

  1. To be raised:

God’s glorification:

God’s vindication: To the church in Rome Paul writes that Jesus was…declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead.

God’s confirmation:

Heidelberg Catechisms 120, 121

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew: 1 – 18

Text: Matthew 6: 9 This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (ESV)

Q. 120 Why did Christ command us to call God “our Father”?

To awaken in us at the very beginning of our prayer what should be basic to our prayer—a childlike reverence and trust that through Christ God has become our Father, and that just as our parents do not refuse us the things of this life, even less will God our Father refuse to give us what we ask in faith.

Q. 121 Why the words “in heaven”?

A. These words teach us not to think of God’s heavenly majesty as something earthly, and to expect everything needed for body and soul from God’s almighty power.


Biblical approach:

Biblical God:

  1. An incomprehensible privilege:

God’s grace:

God’ Son:

God’s love:

  1. A collective task:

With others:

For others:

  1. A powerful encouragement:

To trust God’s willingness:

To trust God’s power:

  1. A solemn reminder:

Childlike reverence:

Heavenly majesty:

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Genesis 33

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 32

Text: Genesis 33: 4 But Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. (ESV)

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Unnecessary fears:

Answered prayers:

Ongoing work:


  1. Leadership:

He precedes the family:

He protects the family:

  1. Humility:

His kneeling:

His speaking:

  1. Generosity:

His gifts:

His insistence:

  1. Spirituality: