When Jesus multiplies the bread and fish, he demonstrates the full scope of his earthly and heavenly ministry.
The Setting of the Sign
The Performing of the Sign
The Meaning of the Sign
What is required of us?
What are two insights from this passage that you learned?
How does this "sign" demonstrate his ministry?
What is the extent of Jesus' provision for us?
God knows your fears before you do
God will do whatever it takes to strengthen you
God wants you to see with eyes of faith
Seeing with eyes of faith produces worship and obedience
We consider the communion, or joint participation, we have in Christ shown in the common table, common bread, and common cup shared by those who partake of the Supper. We find that sharing the table, bread, and cup has spiritual significance and we should not go away from Christ's institution. Preached from 1 Corinthians 10:16-22 on Sabbath PM 02/20/22.
It is hard to wait. It is especially hard to wait for things that you long for with a strong desire. The Christian longs for the coming of the kingdom of heaven when God's glory will be displayed across the earth. And yet, this kingdom has not yet come, and so he must wait. How does the Christian wait for something as significant as the coming of the kingdom of heaven? Jesus provides the answer to this question in the parables of the mustard seed and the leaven from Matthew 13:24-43. Ryan explains in the following message entitled "The Mustard Seed and the Leaven."
The wisdom to live wisely and godly requires a dedication to prayer. Jesus emphasized this by returning to the issue as He continued His discourse.
He gave three commands that are to be regularly practiced in praying. Ask, and keep on asking. Seek, and keep on seeking. Knock, and keep on knocking. He gave the promise of all prayers being answered as God gives what is good and right and best to each of His children. We don't always get what we want, when we want, but we are promised our prayers are always answered even when they seem delayed.
His teaching about how to pray emphasized the need to be persistent. We must first come to God for salvation, beginning life as a child of God asking, seeking, and knocking as the Spirit brings conviction on our hearts as sinners. That new life then continues with that same fervency and intensity and constancy in prayer.
To fail to pray as instructed is very serious for it not only means we forfeit the promises of answered prayers, but we are in active disobedience.
CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON ON READING
'As the apostle says to Timothy, so also he says to everyone, 'Give
yourself to reading.' He who will not use the thoughts of other men's
brains proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.
Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic
writers, and expositions of the Bible. The best way for you to spend
your leisure is to be either reading or praying.'
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