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The Gospel

"There is none righteous, not even one"

The Bible teaches us that mankind is sinful.  All are born in sin and are sinners.  All of mankind is depraved and under God's righteous judgment; there are none who are good, not one.

As such, mankind is in need of a Savior.  The Bible teaches us that Christ is that Savior and He is the only One that can save us because He is God in flesh, the Son of God.  He has died for our sin and taken the punishment we deserved, though He is without sin; He is the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God.  He is our penal substitutionary atonement.  He is the only way, truth and life--we must go to Him to get to God the Father.

This is only possible through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.

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This Sunday's Sermon Info

Matthew 6:5-15

As we finish examining Jesus’ teaching on acts of righteousness (the first was giving and the second was praying), we end our exposition with fasting.  For the nation of Israel, “fasting had been commanded only on the Day of Atonement, but during the Babylonian exile, regular fast days for remembrance of past disasters had been instituted and had become a major part of Jewish religion.” (Boice, 101.) But fasting, like all the other instructions of the Law, had become something by which the scribes and Pharisees could display their outward sham of righteousness.  They would pronounce their fast and “neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men”.  Jesus revealed to them that the attention they received from men for their false righteousness was all the reward they would have.  Interestingly enough, God had provided teaching on fasting through the prophet Zechariah.  Jesus, once again, goes to the Old Testament and teaches the Jewish people from God’s Word how fasting should be accomplished and why they should do it.  The process concerning fasting that Jesus teaches is starkly contrasted with how the scribes and Pharisees approached fasting and their teaching on the subject.  Exegetical accuracy in studying and teaching the Word of God is once again brought to the forefront by the Master Teacher, the Lord Jesus.  This is a discipline that the scribes and Pharisees had abandoned for their own selfish purposes, reflecting their hypocritical, man-centered efforts at religion.  The pride of self is a devastating disease of the fleshly soul that has its outworking in surface religious works that are no better than painting the outside of a tomb full of dead men’s bones and calling it a nursery full of life based on the lively painted surface.  True life is given by God the Father to the dead sinner through regeneration of the heart from stone to flesh as a gift from God the Son and is revealed in true outworking of good works through sanctification by God the Spirit that brings glory to God the Father and points to Him alone.

This Sunday's Sermon Outline

 

Point I: The Attitude of Disingenuous Fasting (16)
Point II: The Attitude of Genuine Fasting (17-18a)
Point III: The Inworking of Genuine Fasting (18b)

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