12 November 2023 (am) – Matthew 7:7-12
|Andy Bruins preaching from Matthew on Sunday 12th November 2023.|
These verses appear to complete a section of the sermon on the mount that began with Jesus saying that He came to fulfil the law and the prophets (5:17) – here v12 tells us that to do to others what we would have them do to us sums up the law and the prophets. The answer to how we will be able to live by this high standard of righteousness that Jesus has described in this section is to Ask, Seek and Knock (v7-8)…
Q What are some of the reasons that we neglect having a regular disciplined prayer life?
Q Read v7-8. What is Jesus instructing us to do in these verses? What are we to Ask and Seek? What incentive to do so is provided in these verses?
Q Read v9-11. What does this illustration teach us about God? Does God always answer our prayers? Why doesn’t He always give us what we ask for? (cf. James 4:3)
Q What are some of the wrong ways we think about God? How does what Jesus is saying here correct these misrepresentations?
Q Read v12. How does Jesus sum up the way we should treat others? How is this verse related to v7-11?
Q How can we put the principle of v12 into practice?