Summary: To show that we need to have faith as a lifestyle.
How big is your faith?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to have faith as a lifestyle.
Matthew 6:30 (Amplified Bible)
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
We need to have faith as a lifestyle.
A. Author: Matthew, also called Levi
B. Date written: 60 A.D.
C. Purpose: To show that JESUS of Nazareth was the Kingly Messiah of Jewish prophecy
D. To whom written: Jews
E. Main theme: JESUS is GOD's Promised Anointed Messiah, the King of the jews
F. Keywords: fulfilled
G. Key verses:
Matthew 16:16-19 (Amplified Bible)
Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD cares so wonderfully for grass, here today and gone tomorrow
"But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace,"
Psalms 90:5-6 (Amplified Bible)
You carry away [these disobedient people, doomed to die within forty years] as with a flood; they are as a sleep [vague and forgotten as soon as they are gone]. In the morning they are like grass which grows up—
In the morning it flourishes and springs up; in the evening it is mown down and withers.
Luke 12:28 (Amplified Bible)
But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith?
James 1:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
And the rich [person ought to glory] in being humbled [by being shown his human frailty], because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.
For the sun comes up with a scorching heat and parches the grass; its flower falls off and its beauty fades away. Even so will the rich man wither and die in the midst of his pursuits.
1 Peter 1:24-25 (Amplified Bible)
For all flesh (mankind) is like grass, and all its glory (honor) like [the] flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower drops off,
But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you.
Isaiah 40:6-9 (Amplified Bible)
A voice says, Cry [prophesy]! And I said, What shall I cry? [The voice answered, Proclaim:] All flesh is as frail as grass, and all that makes it attractive [its kindness, its goodwill, its mercy from God, its glory and comeliness, however good] is transitory, like the flower of the field.