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The Journey Through Matthew: Learning To Live Without Vainglory

Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18

February 25, 2024

Lane Moss

Sermon Notes:

Matthew 6:1-4 NIV

”“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.“


Jesus assumes they are already giving to the needy


Christianity is not about what you do, it is about what has already been done for you


The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached goes against every instinct of humanity


We are saved by grace through faith alone


Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.“


We are saved by grace through faith alone AND faith without works is dead


James 2:14-17 NIV

”What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.“


We are justified by faith alone, but the faith that justifies is never alone


Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV

”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.“


We are called to use our gifts, talents and passions to point people to Jesus as an act of worship

Next Steps:

  • Ask yourself “Is my faith producing in me, the kinds of things Jesus says it should and compelling me to care about the things Jesus cares about?”
  • Consider what kingdom work God is calling you to.