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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Introduction:

Jesus’ language:

Jesus’ example:

  1. Becomes:

Dependence:

Trust:

Humility:

  1. Receives:

The least:

The Lord:

  1. Fights:

Tempting into sin:

Falling into sin:

  1. Chooses:

Spiritual good:

Eternal reward:

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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Introduction:

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:

Submission:

Sacrifice:

Others:

  1. Jesus’ provision:

Miraculous:

Illustrative: …for yourself

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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Introduction:

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:

Matthew 17: 14 – 21

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 17

Text: Matthew 17: 14 – 21 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.(ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. A mysterious overlap:
  1. A sorrows-full family:

A sick son:

A helpless father:

  1. A serious problem:

Jesus’ rebuke:

Jesus’ frustration:

Jesus’ teaching:

  1. A wonderful intervention:

Divine compassion:

Divine authority:

Divine power:

  1. A foundational requirement:

Little faith:

Powerful faith:

Matthew 17: 1 – 13

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 17

Text: Matthew 17: 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. (ESV)

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Introduction:

Jesus’ encouragement:

The disciples’ encouragement:

  1. The person of Jesus:

He is God:

He is man:

  1. The centrality of Jesus:

Moses:

Elijah:

Scriptures:

  1. The glory of Jesus:

His glory before:

His glory after:

  1. The description of Jesus:

God’s beloved Son:

God’s well pleasing servant:

  1. The role of Jesus:

Our substitute:

Our propitiation:

Our Lord:

Matthew 16: 24 – 28

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 16

Text: Matthew 16: 24 – 28 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (ESV)

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Introduction:

The second coming:

The transfiguration:

The resurrection:

The pouring of the Spirit:

The spread of Christianity:

The apostle’s John:

  1. The characteristics of the Christian:

Denies himself:

Takes up the cross:

Follows Jesus:

  1. The priorities of the Christian:

His Master:

His soul:

  1. The motivations of the Christian:

The coming of Christ:

The judgment of the Father:

  1. The hope of the Christian:

To see Jesus:

The kingdom of Jesus

Matthew 16: 21 – 23

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 16

Text: Matthew 16: 21 – 23 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Jesus’ self-revelation:

Jehovah’ servant:

A sinless servant: The Greek is σκάνδαλον(trap, temptation, offence, revulsion)

The suffering servant:

  1. Jesus’ musts:

Going to Jerusalem:

Suffering many things:

Being killed:

Being raised:

  1. Jesus’ opposition:

The chiefs of his people:

The chief of his enemies:

The chief of his disciples:

  1. Jesus’ rebuke:

Peter’s intention:

Peter’s instrumentality:

Peter’s offense:

Peter’s mindset:

  1. Jesus’ zeal:

The will of the Father:

The salvation of sinners:

Matthew 16: 18 – 20

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 16

Text: Matthew 16: 18 – 20 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock[a] I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[c] in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. The foundation of the church:

Peter’s role:

Peter’s confession:

Peter’s LORD:

The nature of the church:

Jesus’ building:

Jesus’ gathering:

Jesus’ property:

Jesus’ kingdom:

  1. The enemies of the church:

Spiritual:

Powerful:

Under attack:

Defeated:

  1. The authority of the church:

Christ’s authority:

Christ’s gospel:

Matthew 16: 13 – 17

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 16

Text: Matthew 16: 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (ESV)

Introduction:

A momentous occasion:

A favoured title: …the Son of man

A most necessary question: But who do you say that I am?

  1. The people’ saying:

John the Baptist:

Elijah: The prophet Malachi had prophesied; ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes’.

Jeremiah:

A prophet:

  1. The apostle’s confession:

The Christ of God:

The living God:

The Son of God:

  1. Jesus’ explanation:

The favour of God:

The revelation of God:

The Son of God:

Matthew 16: 1 – 12

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 16: 1 – 12

Text: Matthew 16: 1 – 12 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.(ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Jesus’ opposers:

Their alliance:

Their dishonesty:

Their inability: that Jesus was the sign from heaven they were asking for

Their nature: spiritually dead

Their doctrine: the teaching and heart of the Bible

  1. Jesus’ disciples:

Their unbelief:

Their failure to understand:

Their instructor:

  1. Jesus’ understanding:

Of those opposing him: He knows their hearts and their teaching

Of his disciples: He knows their conversation, hearts and risk.

Of his role: The fulfilment of God’s promises

  1. Jesus’ authority:

His judgment:

His refusal:

His rebuke: