How To Pray And How Not To Pray

A  Topical  Study

            In Matthew Chapter 6, Jesus gave us special instructions on how to pray and specifically HOW NOT to pray. He stressed the importance of keeping it private between you and God and then he stressed the importance of keeping it real without fake platitudes or repetitive phrases. As an example, he gave us a template to follow that's become known as The Lord's Prayer. In discussing these passages, we find enough material to offend just about everyone, the classic fundamentalists as well as the modern age charismatics. But as with all things, before accepting or rejecting what I say in this broadcast, keep an open mind while filtering everything through the scrutiny of Scripture.





36 Minutes
March 12, 2010


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SESSION NOTES
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
How To Pray And How Not To Pray.

            (a) Public Hypocrisy VS Private Intimacy.
            (b) The Habit Of Heaping Up Empty Phrases: A Danger In Any Language.
            (c) Praying In The Spirit: The Biblical Way VS The Demonic Way.

Matthew 6:5-8Romans 8:261st Timothy 4:1-2
What Has Become Known As "The Lord's Prayer".

            (a) The Command To Pray For The 2nd Coming: "Thy Kingdom Come".
            (b) The Purposes Behind "Allowed" Trials And Temptations.
            (c) The Danger Of Holding Grudges & Unforgiveness.

Matthew 6:9-15
How To Fast And How Not To Fast.Matthew 6:16-18


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Fulfilling The Law Perfectly

A  Topical  Study

            In a sermon addressed to His disciples, Jesus explained God's requirements for keeping the Law and He set the bar so incredibly high that one can't help but wonder if the goal is even possible. Jesus said that "their righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees" and they must "be perfect just as their Father in Heaven is perfect." How could any of us possibly fulfill those requirements? Fortunately for all of us, Jesus also began this lecture by personally claiming responsibility for fulfilling the Law on our behalf and said, "I did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall pass from the law till all be fulfilled."





40 Minutes
March 1, 2010


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SESSION NOTES
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Jesus Personally Takes Responsibility For Fulfilling The Law And The Prophets.Matthew 5:17-18
Righteousness That Exceeds The Righteousness Of The Pharisees.Matthew 5:19-20
Murder And Adultery Of The Heart.Matthew 5:21-30
Overuse Of The Phrase "In God's Eyes".Matthew 5:31-37
Loving Your Enemies & Turning The Other Cheek.Matthew 5:38-40
Where The Phrase "Going The Extra Mile" Came From.Matthew 5:41
Giving To Those In Need.Matthew 5:42
Loving Your Enemies & Praying For Those Who Persecute You.Matthew 5:43-45
What Makes You Different If You Only Love Those Who Love You?Matthew 5:46-47
"Be Perfect, Just As Your Father Is Perfect & Be Merciful, Just As Your Father Is Merciful."Matthew 5:48


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