Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/23/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called God Wants You to Ask, taken from Matthew 7:7-12. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God’s promise to answer prayer (7-8)
   A. Ask, seek, knock
      – Matthew 5:3,6, 6:8-13,33; John 16:24; James 4:2-3
   B. Everyone who asks, receives (seeks – finds; knocks – opens)
      – Jeremiah 29:13; John 3:16, 6:37

II. God’s principle in answering prayer (9-11)
   A. Human fathers give good gifts to their children
      1) illustration of bread/stone and fish/snake
      2) human fathers are sinful, yet they give good gifts
   B. How much more will God give good gifts to those who ask him!
      1) God is perfect, loving and righteous
      2) God is your heavenly Father
   C. Two more principles in God answering prayer:
      1) your heart (Psalm 66:18)
      2) God’s wisdom and love (Psalm 34:10; James 1:17)

III. God’s positive rule for living – the Golden Rule (12)
   A. Phrased positively rather than negatively
   B. Phrased absolutely rather than specific circumstances
      – “in everything”
   C. Jesus’ reason for following the Golden Rule:
      – sums up the Law and the Prophets

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