KINGDOM101: Matthew 7

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When Jesus said “Do not judge,” what was He really addressing? Although many quote these words of Jesus, not as many are aware of the verses that follow, much less its right interpretation. Henson takes the trouble to teach Matthew 7:1-6 in its proper context, sharing seven principles for deeper contemplation, consideration and application.

We know to pray and to ask. But do we know what we are to ask for? Contrary to popular belief, Matt 7:7-11 is not permission for believers to ask for anything and everything. Guided by proper context, Henson directs us back to all Jesus had been teaching throughout the Sermon on the Mount. Yes, it is very much still about the King and His kingdom. Learn about the five key items that we should be A.S.K.ing for, persistently.

When Jesus spoke the words in Matt 7:12, He provided the Big Idea of the Sermon on the Mount. This has become known as the Golden Rule. For kingdom subjects, this is to be the Gold Standard that we are expected to live by. Henson takes creative licence and imagines how the sermon would sound if it were preached upside down, starting from Matt 7:12 backwards. Enjoy, and don’t miss the examples and applications along the way.

Matt 7:13-14 begins the final section of Jesus’ concluding remarks to His kingdom message and manifesto. It is only one part of the entire conclusion. A familiar passage, but it cannot be understood if we have not first understood the Sermon on the Mount. A choice is clearly presented. The gate by which we enter will determine the way we travel, which in turn will determine where we end up and what we receive. How would you choose?

What exactly did Jesus say about false prophets? Read and understood in context, Matt 7:15-20 becomes much clearer. The believer will find proper markers and benchmarks to process and evaluate prophets and the prophetic ministry. Finally, more than a focus on false prophets, Henson directs the believer’s attention to his or her own walk. Follow Jesus, the Shepherd.

It is easy to disregard Matt 7:21-23 and think that it does not apply at all. However, these are still the words of the King and it is important to consider what He is saying to all who consider themselves people of the kingdom. In this teaching, Henson clarifies that there is nothing with the WOW of the kingdom – prophecy, deliverance, miracles. But as impressive as these are, the WOW must always line up with the WILL and WAY of the King. In that day, may we not be counted amongst the “not everyone” of this passage.

The King brings His kingdom message to a close. Matt 7:24-29 is not a new teaching, but a conclusion of all Jesus had already taught. If anything, there is an even greater emphasis for kingdom people to pay careful attention. He urges disciples to be kingdom wise, to choose correctly and to build upon the right foundation by hearing and obeying Him.

#54 Matt 7:1-6 Planks Pigs & Pearls

When Jesus said “Do not judge,” what was He really addressing? Although many quote these words of Jesus, not as many are aware of the verses that follow, much less its right interpretation. Henson takes the trouble to teach Matthew 7:1-6 in its proper context, sharing seven principles for deeper contemplation, consideration and application.

#55 Matt 7:7-11 A.S.K. For What?

We know to pray and to ask. But do we know what we are to ask for? Contrary to popular belief, Matt 7:7-11 is not permission for believers to ask for anything and everything. Guided by proper context, Henson directs us back to all Jesus had been teaching throughout the Sermon on the Mount. Yes, it is very much still about the King and His kingdom. Learn about the five key items that we should be A.S.K.ing for, persistently.

#56 Matt 7:12 The Gold Standard

When Jesus spoke the words in Matt 7:12, He provided the Big Idea of the Sermon on the Mount. This has become known as the Golden Rule. For kingdom subjects, this is to be the Gold Standard that we are expected to live by. Henson takes creative licence and imagines how the sermon would sound if it were preached upside down, starting from Matt 7:12 backwards. Enjoy, and don’t miss the examples and applications along the way.

#57 Matt 7:13-14 Choose Life

Matt 7:13-14 begins the final section of Jesus’ concluding remarks to His kingdom message and manifesto. It is only one part of the entire conclusion. A familiar passage, but it cannot be understood if we have not first understood the Sermon on the Mount. A choice is clearly presented. The gate by which we enter will determine the way we travel, which in turn will determine where we end up and what we receive. How would you choose?

#58 Matt 7:15-20 Where Wolf?

What exactly did Jesus say about false prophets? Read and understood in context, Matt 7:15-20 becomes much clearer. The believer will find proper markers and benchmarks to process and evaluate prophets and the prophetic ministry. Finally, more than a focus on false prophets, Henson directs the believer’s attention to his or her own walk. Follow Jesus, the Shepherd.

#59 Matt 7:21-23 Not Everyone

It is easy to disregard Matt 7:21-23 and think that it does not apply at all. However, these are still the words of the King and it is important to consider what He is saying to all who consider themselves people of the kingdom. In this teaching, Henson clarifies that there is nothing with the WOW of the kingdom – prophecy, deliverance, miracles. But as impressive as these are, the WOW must always line up with the WILL and WAY of the King. In that day, may we not be counted amongst the “not everyone” of this passage.

#60 Matt 7:24-29 Kingdom Wise

The King brings His kingdom message to a close. Matt 7:24-29 is not a new teaching, but a conclusion of all Jesus had already taught. If anything, there is an even greater emphasis for kingdom people to pay careful attention. He urges disciples to be kingdom wise, to choose correctly and to build upon the right foundation by hearing and obeying Him.

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