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Matthew 6:1-4

Give Without Fanfare

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 22nd October 2017

Text: Matthew 6:1-4

(Rev Colin Wong)

 I. Introduction

  1. Sometimes it is hard to judge a person's motive. 
  2. The Teaching of the Jew (Tobit 12:8).

 II. Meaning

  1. The word "alms" does not appear in verse 1 as the King James Version seems to indicate. 
  2. Jesus proceeds to show how it works in the matter of almsgiving. 

III.    Motive

  1. Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men (1a; Numbers 32:23).
  2. If you do, you will have no reward from your heavenly Father (1b).
  3. When you do your acts of righteousness, do not announce it with trumpets (2a).
  4. You will have your reward - the praise of men (2b).
  5. Do not let your left hand know what your right hand do (3).

 IV. Meed (Reward)

  1. Is it wrong to look for reward for faithful service rendered? (4; Matthew 25:21, 23; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 3:13, 14)
  2. What is the principle lesson here?

 V. Conclusion

         What is the conclusion of the matter? It is this: We cannot secure the praise for God when we are trying to secure praise for ourselves! This is incongruent! Amen.

 

Discussion Questions

  1. What is motive? In your own words, define it.
  2. Do you think you are a charitable person? If so, are you sure that your charity is pleasing to God? Why, or why not?
  3. If no one ever knows what you are doing (giving, serving, sacrificing), would you still do it?
  4. If those whom you are serving never show gratitude or repay you in any way, will you still do it?
  5. If others misunderstand or criticize your good works, will you stop?

         Why, or why not?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

November 19 & 26 - The End of the World

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10