Not Hypocritical but Real
Matthew 6:16–18; Matthew 5:1–6
Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe
1. THE STRUCTURE OF THE TEACHING
2. YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS VS. THE HYPOCRITES
3. BEFORE OTHERS TO BE SEEN
4. BUT WHEN ...
5. RECEIVED THEIR REWARD VS FATHER WILL REWARD YOU
… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
1 John 2:28–3:3
And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
They do all their deeds to be seen by others.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
The truth is, they were not giving but buying, and they got what they paid for. It is possible to be the most generous Christian around, both in the amount and proportion you give, and yet have no reward except what you immediately receive.
C. S. Lewis
We must not be troubled by unbelievers when they say that this promise of reward makes the Christian life a mercenary affair. There are different kinds of reward. There is the reward which has no natural connexion with the things you do to earn it, and is quite foreign to the desires that ought to accompany those things. Money is not the natural reward of love; that is why we call a man a mercenary if he marries a woman for the sake of her money. But marriage is the proper reward for a real lover, and he is not mercenary for desiring it.… The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
Come Christians Join To Sing
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
Lord I Need You
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Because He Lives (Amen)
Good Good Father
Community Group Questions
Read Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18. What makes a person a hypocrite? What is the object of the devotion of the hypocrite? What is the object of the devotion of the righteous person?
What are the practical means that Jesus gives for his disciples to avoid hypocrisy. How might you apply his wisdom to your own life.
Three times Jesus says, “But when ….” Jesus’ assumption is that the righteous will be a person of generosity, prayer and fasting. What has your experience been with these three practices of a righteous person?
What does the passage say about reward? How is does the example of Jesus in Hebrews 12:1-2 help us to understand faithfulness in pursuit of future reward?