Kingdom Seekers, Pt. 5
July 31, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Fasting Passage: Matthew 6:16–6:18
In this sermon podcast on Matthew 6:16-18; Pastor Brent delivers two courses concerning biblical fasting that nourish the soul and compel us to seek God and His righteousness.
Is God and His righteousness the priority of your life? As Christians, we must take time to evaluate our walk with the Lord. The world’s lures, the pressures of life, trials, circumstances, you name it - it can all creep in suddenly, and anything but God is on the throne of our hearts.
Yet, we have been redeemed and transferred into the Kingdom of God. God is now the center of our lives and it is His kingdom and His righteousness that must be our pursuit. How do we know this? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs every Christian to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
The Sermon on the Mount is a powerful message from Christ that confronts the sinner concerning any attempt at a works-based righteousness and leads the sinner to the true path to salvation and righteousness that is found in Christ and His gospel. However, the Sermon on the Mount is also instructive for believers.
Jesus’ words teach us, as believers, how we must live out the righteousness of God in a manner that is genuine, authentic and honoring to Him. In verses 16-18 of Matthew 6, Jesus focuses on the spiritual discipline of fasting. Fasting is a spiritual discipline through which we seek God and strive to honor Him. But the activity of fasting must be characterized by certain God-honoring elements.