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:

Matthew 15: 29 – 39

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Revelation 21: 1 – 22: 5

Text: Matthew 15: 31 so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. (ESV)

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Introduction:

The church of Christ: Jews and Gentiles

The mystery of Christ: Fully man and fully God

The revelation of Christ: …he who has seen me has seen the Father

  1. The power of God:

Necessary:

Infinite:

Doubted:

Wonder-causing:

Purposeful: …to do good and to glorify God

  1. The goodness of God:

Towards needy men:

Despite sinful men:

  1. The faithfulness of God:

His covenant: through Abraham’s offspring the nations will be blessed

His kingdom: The OT (renewed by the NT) had promised a kingdom of prosperity and bliss.

His salvation: John 3:16-17 tells us that God gave his Son not to judge the world but to save it. God’s salvation is cosmic. The whole creation is longing for such redemption.

  1. The glory of God:

Man’s chief end:

God’s chief end:

Matthew 15: 21 – 28

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 15: 21 – 28

Text: Matthew 15: 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly. (ESV)

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Introduction:

A difficult subject:

An intense conflict:

A present reality:

A painful experience:

  1. Biblical faith:

The Word of God:

The character of God:

The Kingdom of God:

The Son of God:

  1. Tested faith:

The silence of Jesus:

The disciples of Jesus:

The ministry of Jesus:

The words of Jesus:

  1. Exemplary faith:

To persevere:

To be humble:

To love:

  1. Rewarded faith:

Unexpected statement:

Fulfilled desire:

Powerful healing:

Matthew 15: 1 – 20

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 15: 1 – 20

Text: Matthew 15: 3 He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Jesus’ view of the religious leaders:

Wrong priorities:

Vain worshippers:

False teachers:

Blind guides:

Deceived people:

  1. Jesus’ view of Scriptures:

God’s Word:

God’s standard:

God’s instruction:

  1. Jesus’ view of man:

Reveals our depravity:

Reveals our responsibility:

Reminds us of our need: for God’s forgiveness and sanctifying work

Matthew 14: 13 – 21

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 14

Text: Matthew 14: 13 – 21 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. ….. (ESV)

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Introduction:

A crucial event:

A misunderstood event:

A turning point event:

  1. Jesus’ humanity:

His reaction:

His need:

  1. Jesus’s grace:

Selfless:

Unmerited:

Practical:

  1. Jesus’ care:

Miraculous:

Satisfying:

Abundant:

  1. Jesus’ challenge:

Trust him in your need:

Trust him in your service:

Matthew 14: 1 – 12

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 14

Text: Matthew 14: 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison (ESV)

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Introduction:

Painful bondage:

Well meant discipline:

  1. A messy family:

Intermarriage:

Immorality:

Manipulation:

  1. An evil king:

He is an adulterer:

He is a fool:

He is weak:

He is a murderer:

He is unrepentant:

  1. A faithful prophet:

Fearless:

Acknowledged:

Persecuted:

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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Introduction:

  1. Jesus’ family:

Real:

Common:

Numerous:

Unbelieving:

  1. Jesus’ ministry:

Manifests wisdom:

Accompanied by power:

  1. Jesus’ audience:

Religious:

Familiar:

Astonished:

Offended:

  1. Jesus’ response:

His self-declaration:

His assessment:

His expectation: