Matthew

The wise and foolish builders – the wise man builds his house on a rock (Matthew 7:24 – 7:29)

Concluding his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his listeners: “Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house yet it…
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The narrow and wide gates – what the Bible tells us about bad behavior and the higher standard applied to Christians (Matthew 7:13 – 7:14)

Nearing the close of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction with many entering through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to…
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Ask, seek, knock – Jesus tells us to pray persistently because God wants to bless us (Matthew 7:7 – 7:12)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you, for anyone who asks will receive, the one who seeks finds, and the door will be opened to…
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Jesus teaches his followers to not worry (Matthew 6:25 – 6:34) and what the Bible says about worry

After instructing his followers to “store treasures in heaven”, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not worry about what you will eat and drink or about what you will wear. Life is more than food and water and your body is more than just clothes. Look at the birds in the…
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Storing up treasures in heaven (not attempting to serve two masters) (Matthew 6:19 – 6:24)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers, “Do not store your treasures on earth where mice and moths can destroy them and where thieves may break in and steal them. Instead, store your treasures in heaven where mice and moths cannot destroy and where thieves cannot break…
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Jesus teaches his followers how to fast (Matthew 6:16 – 6:18)

Jesus told his followers, “When you fast, do not look gloomy as the hypocrites do, for they twist their faces to show others that they are fasting and uncomfortable. Truly I tell you, they have already received their reward in full.” Jesus instructed his followers to put oil on their…
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Oaths and promises- embellishing broken promises with religious lace (Matthew 5:33-5:37)

Continuing the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples and followers: “You have heard it said, ‘Do not break your oaths. Fulfill before God all vows you have made.’ But I tell you, when making promises, do not swear an oath at all. You do not make your words…
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Adultery and lust (from the Sermon on the Mount) – even secret thoughts and minor actions constitute sin (Matthew 5:27 – 5:30)

Continuing his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers: “You have heard it said that you should not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman with lust has committed adultery with her in his heart. Therefore, if your right eye causes you to…
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Jesus and the fulfillment of Old Testament Law (Matthew 5:17 – 5:20)

During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told listeners: “Do not misunderstand and think that I am here to abolish Old Testament laws or Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Until heaven and earth disappear altogether, not the smallest letter nor least stroke of…
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