The Disciples’ Questions in Matthew 24


Matthew 24:1-3

I. AN OVERWHELMING ANNOUNCEMENT

    A. The temple would be destroyed (Matthew 24:2)
    B. The troubled disciples ask, “When?” (Matthew 24:3)

II. “WHEN WILL THESE THINGS BE?” THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM

    A. A lot of things will happen that are not signs (Matthew 24:4-14)
    B. There will be a sign to flee (Matthew 24:15-28; cf. Luke 21:20)
    C. The fall of the Jewish state (Matthew 24:29-31)
    D. The parable of the fig tree (Matthew 24:32-35)

III. WHAT ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD?

    A. Of that day and hour – no signs or warnings (Matthew 24:36)
    B. Similar to the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39)
    C. Are you ready, or have you become distracted? (Matthew 24:40-44)
    D. The faithful and wise servant (Matthew 24:45-47)
    E. The evil servant (Matthew 24:48-51)
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“How Do You Know Me?”

John 1:43-48

I. NATHANAEL

    A. His confusion (John 1:46)
    B. His character (John 1:47; cf. Matthew 3:8-9; Mark 7:20-23)
    C. His question and Christ’s answer (John 1:48; cf. Matthew 6:3-4,6,17-18)

II. GOD KNOWS ALL HIS CHILDREN

    A. In the Old Testament

      1. He knows those who trust Him (Nahum 1:7)
      2. “Your right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:1-10)

    B. In the New Testament

      1. God cares for His creation (Matthew 6:25-30; Hebrews 13:5-6)
      2. Christ knows us; He knows what we are doing (Revelation 2:2,9,13,19; 3:8)

III. THE THINGS WE DO IN THIS LIFE MATTER — BOTH GOOD AND BAD

    A. Do we really understand this? (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 3:15-17)
    B. There are some that God will not know

      1. “You who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23)
      2. “Workers of iniquity” (Luke 13:27)
      3. “The face of the LORD is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3:12)

[This is the first in a series of lessons focusing on “Questions the Disciples Asked.”]

What Kind of Example Are You?

What Kind of Example Are You? Lessons from the letters of John

3 John 1-12

I. GAIUS

    A. John’s opinion of him

      1. “Beloved…whom I love in the truth” (3 John 1; 2 Timothy 4:11; 1 Peter 5:12; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 2:2)
      2. Prayer for wealth and health “just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2)

    B. Gaius’ faithfulness caused John’s joy (3 John 3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:6)
    C. Gaius’ support of missionaries (3 John 5-8)

II. DIOTREPHES

    A. A heart dominated by pride and love for power (3 John 9; Romans 12:3)
    B. Prating against John with malicious words (3 John 10; Ephesians 4:29)
    C. Refusing to receive traveling brethren (3 John 10)
    D. Forbidding the hospitality of others to the point of disfellowship (3 John 10)

III. DEMETRIUS

    A. Good testimony from all (3 John 12; Matthew 5:14-16; 1 Timothy 3:7; Proverbs 22:1)
    B. Good testimony from John and his fellow workers (3 John 12)
    C. Good testimony from the truth (3 John 12; Romans 12:1-2)

Warning Against False Teachers

Warning Against False Teachers

2 John 9-11

I. WHAT IS “THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST”? (2 John 9)

    A. Is “the doctrine of Christ” exclusively “the doctrine about Christ”? No!
    B. Is “the doctrine of Christ” all that was taught by Christ? Yes! (John 12:48)

II. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “TRANSGRESS”? (2 John 9)

    A. “Goes on ahead” (ESV); “goes too far” (NASB); “runs ahead” (NIV); “so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ” (The Message)
    B. Progressiveness is harmful to the church when it rejects, ignores, or contradicts revealed truth (Colossians 3:17; Matthew 28:19-20)
    C. We need dedicated, active, soul-seeking disciples to fill this house (Romans 12:1-2; 2 John 8)

III. WE MUST BE VIGILANT AGAINST ERROR (2 John 10-11)

    A. John is talking about false teachers, just as Paul did in his letters (1 Timothy 4:2-3; 2 Timothy 3:2-7)
    B. We must not support false teachers (Titus 1:10-11)
    C. There are sound alternatives to Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joseph Prince, etc.

      1. Gospel Broadcasting Network on YouTube – youtube.com/user/GBNTV
      2. Radio stations such as WSOJ – wsoj.net

Confident Christianity

Confident Christianity

1 John 5:13-21

I. CONFIDENCE IN ETERNAL LIFE

    A. A blessed promise from the Father to the faithful (1 John 5:13; Titus 1:2; John 17:3; 20:30-31)
    B. Assurance of our relationship with the Almighty

      1. Walking in the light (1 John 1:7)
      2. Obeying God’s commands (1 John 2:3-5)
      3. Loving the brethren (1 John 2:9-11)
      4. Believing in Christ, the Son of God in the flesh (1 John 2:22-23; 4:1-3; 5:1-5)
      5. Practicing righteousness (1 John 2:29-3:10)

II. CONFIDENCE IN PRAYER

    A. God hears us (1 John 5:14-15; Luke 18:10-14; Hebrews 4:16)
    B. Praying for the penitent (1 John 5:16-17; 1:9)

III. CONFIDENCE IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

    A. Faithful Christians do not lead a life of sin (1 John 5:18-19; 3:6)

      1. He who has been born of God keeps himself (1 John 5:18; Jude 1:21; Philippians 2:12; James 4:7)
      2. Those who are outside Christ are under the sway of the wicked one (1 John 5:19; Ephesians 2:1-2)

    B. Knowing God is to have assurance of eternal life (1 John 5:20; 1:1-3)
    C. Keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:21; Colossians 3:5)

Godly Love, Victorious Faith

1 John 5:1-12

I. LOVING THE BRETHREN AND GOD

    A. Who is my brother? (1 John 4:20-5:1)
    B. Does John teach “faith only”? (1 John 5:1-2; Matthew 25:31-46; James 2:14-26; Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:8-10)
    C. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3; John 14:15,21,23,24; Romans 12:1)

II. FAITH IS THE VICTORY

    A. We CAN overcome the world! We CAN be victorious! (1 John 5:4; 2:15-17; Hebrews 11:33-34)
    B. Does it matter what one believes? (1 John 5:5; Romans 10:17)

III. FAITH ESTABLISHED BY THE TESTIMONY OF WITNESS

    A. Three witnesses: Spirit, water, blood (1 John 5:6,8; John 16:13)
    B. The witness of God is greater than the witness of man (1 John 5:9; John 5:33-36)
    C. To have the Son is to have life (1 John 5:10-12)

Responding to God’s Love

1 John 4:7-21

I. ACCEPTING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Knowing God (1 John 4:7-8; Philippians 3:8-11; Titus 1:16)
    B. Christ gives us life (1 John 4:9; John 14:6; 1:4; 11:25; 5:24) as the propitiation of our sins (1 John 4:10)
    C. We have no excuse to not love the brethren (1 John 4:11)

II. CONFESSING GOD’S LOVE

    A. The good confession (1 John 4:15; Acts 8:37-38; 1 Timothy 6:12)
    B. More than mere lip service (Matthew 15:8; 7:21)

III. ABIDING IN GOD’S LOVE

    A. A mutual spiritual indwelling, a reciprocal abiding, the closest fellowship and communion possible (1 John 4:12-16)
    B. We can be bold by conforming our lives to His (1 John 4:17; 1 Timothy 6:11; Ephesians 5:1-2)
    C. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18; Psalm 111:10)

IV. PRACTICING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Selflessly seeking the very best for another person (1 John 4:19)
    B. Love for the brethren flows from a love for God (1 John 4:20)
    C. You cannot love God if you do not love your Christian family (1 John 4:21)

Us Against the World

1 John 4:1-6

I. LOVE WITH EYES WIDE OPEN (1 JOHN 4:1)

    A. Stop believing every spirit
    B. Test the spirits (Acts 17:11)
    C. Many false prophets (Galatians 1:6-9)

II. CONTEXT: A SPECIFIC FALSE DOCTRINE (1 JOHN 4:2-3)

    A. Gnosticism stated the divine Christ did not actually inhabit a fleshly body
    B. The spirit of antichrist

      1. Disobedient (1 John 2:19)
      2. Deniers (1 John 2:22)
      3. Deceivers (1 John 2:26)

    C. If a teaching does not originate with God, it must be rejected by the faithful

III. CONTRASTING JOHN’S READERS TO FALSE TEACHERS, AND FALSE TEACHERS TO TRUE APOSTLES (1 JOHN 4:4-6)

    A. His readers had overcome (Jude 3; Romans 10:17)
    B. The false prophets are of the world (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Matthew 7:13-14)
    C. The apostles are of God (Acts 2:42; 2 John 9-11)

Love in Action

Love in Action

1 John 3:16-24

I. THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF LOVE

    A. “By this we know love” (1 John 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:9)
    B. No greater expression of love ever demonstrated (Luke 9:18-22; John 10:11, 15, 17-18; 19:10-11)

II. HIS LOVE SHOULD MOTIVATE US TO LOVE

    A. We are indebted to each other (1 John 3:16; Romans 1:14)
    B. Love in action (1 John 3:17; Acts 4:32-37; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4)
    C. Actions speak louder than words (1 John 3:18; James 2:14-17; Matthew 25:31-46)

III. TRUE, ACTIVE BROTHERLY LOVE

    A. Gives us assurance (1 John 3:19-20; 1:9)
    B. Gives us confidence in prayer (1 John 3:21-22)
    C. Ensures that we abide in Christ (1 John 3:23-24)

We are the Children of God

1 John 3:1-15

I. WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD

    A. Taylor: “A love we don’t deserve, yet in which we may delight” (1 John 3:1; John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
    B. The world does not approve of the Christian life, nor do they acknowledge God as the Almighty (1 John 3:1; John 15:18-19)
    C. The promise of being like Him (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-53, 57; Philippians 3:20-21)
    D. Hope – a blessed assurance, an eager perseverance (1 John 3:3; Romans 8:24-25; 1 Peter 2:21-22)

II. THE CHILD OF GOD AND SIN

    A. The sin in view here is continual and habitual – not occasional weaknesses
    B. Christ came to take away our sins (1 John 3:4-6)
    C. The righteousness here is continual and habitual (1 John 3:7-8)
    D. Love for sin is 100% incompatible with devotion to Deity

III. THE SIGNS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

    A. We are a family – we must love one another (1 John 3:10-11)
    B. The unrighteous example of Cain (1 John 3:12; Genesis 4:1-8; Hebrews 11:4)
    C. Lanier: “Godlessness is always upset by godliness” (1 John 3:13; 1 Peter 4:3-4)
    D. Do you love your brother? (1 John 3:14-15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-7)