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Sermon Notes – Matthew 6:19-24

Sermon Notes – Matthew 6:19-24

Scripture: Matthew 6:19-24 

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte 

Date: October 29. 2023 

SERMON OUTLINE

 

MAIN IDEA: 

  • As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, we must treasure that which is eternal, devote ourselves to that which is godly, and be mastered by God alone.   

 

PRACTICAL POINTS: 

  1. Be wise and generous with what you have by investing in eternal rewards.  
  • Matthew 6:19-21 
  • Colossians 3:1-2 
  • 1 Timothy 6:17-19 
  • “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot 

 

  1. What you value reveals what you are devoted to. Have the right devotion! 
  • Matthew 6:22-23 
  • (haplous – haplōs) Romans 12:8; James 1:5 
  • Proverbs 22:9 (NASB) 
  • One who has a good eye (is generous) will be blessed, because he gives some of his food to the poor.   
  • Matthew 20:15 (NASB) 
  • Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with what is my own? Or is your evil eye (envious) because I am generous (good eye)?’

 

  1. In Christ, God is your Master. Show that He is your master in the way you use money.  
  • Matthew 6:24 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

 

LEADER’S NOTES: 

  1. The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus. 
  1. There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group. 
  1. Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style. 

  

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS: 

  • What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)? 
  • What parts are the most challenging and why? 
  • What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why? 

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  

READ MATTHEW 6:19-24 

19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

 

22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 

 

24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 

 

  1. What are some specific, biblical examples of eternal investments (heavenly treasure) that God calls us to devote ourselves to? 

 

  1. (LEADER’S NOTES: one way to diagnose the idols in your life is to notice the kinds of things towards which your time and money flows most effortlessly.)
    If you were to examine your calendar and your bank account, in which areas would you notice your time and money being spent most effortlessly? 
  • What does this reveal about your priorities (or your idols)? 
  • In what ways could this be creating a barrier in your devotion to Jesus? 
  • What is one step that you could take to counteract this tendency? 
  1. How does the way you personally think about money (or use your money) shape the way that you view and treat others (vv.22-23)?  
  • (Consider examples of how you view people with no money as well as people with lots of money) 
  • How does your view compare with Jesus’ teaching on these subjects? 

 

  1. Share some examples of when you have experienced a conflict between serving God and pursuing wealth (or pursuing other idols in your life)? 
  • What was Jesus teaching you through these experiences? 
  • If you are having trouble thinking of any examples, why do you think that is? 

 

  1. How does the gospel free us from our devotion to earthly treasures and empower us to be more generous? (LEADER’S NOTE: as one example, consider how our idols demand sacrifice from us, whereas Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us) 

 

  1. How is God calling you to put this teaching of Jesus into practice this week?
    (Be specific and focus on just one or two key shifts).