Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/21/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Being a Secret Christian, taken from Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Hypocritical vs. authentic righteousness: “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (verse 1)

I. Giving in secret (2-4)
   A. The wrong way to give:
      • To be honored by other people (“with trumpets”)
         – already received their reward in full
   B. The right way to give:
      • In secret (“left hand / right hand”)
         – your Father will reward you

II. Praying in secret (5-8)
   A. The wrong way to pray:
      • To be seen by other people (“synagogues and street corners”)
         – already received their reward in full
      • Meaningless repetition (“babbling like pagans”)
         – think they will be heard because of their many words
   B. The right way to pray:
      • In secret (“go into your room, close the door”)
         – your Father will reward you
      • Simple, direct petitions (see the Lord’s Prayer: vv. 9-13)
         – your Father knows what you need before you ask him

III. Fasting in secret (16-18)
   A. The wrong way to fast:
      • To show other people (“look somber … disfigure their faces”)
         – already received their reward in full
   B. The right way to fast:
      • In secret (“put oil on your head and wash your face”)
         – your Father will reward you

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