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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 8 - A KINGDOM OF GLORY AND GRACE (MATTHEW 16:13--18:35)

INTRODUCTION:   THE TEACHER'S HELPS THIS WEEK HEAVILY FOCUS ON THE
PICTURE THAT THE CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE A SERVANT. THE PICTURE IS NOT
SIMPLY OF A SERVANT, BUT A SERVANT THAT REPEATEDLY ALLOWS OTHERS TO
DO WRONG TO HIM.  THAT IDEA GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN, SO LETS SEE WHAT
THERE IS TO IT.

I. WHO JESUS IS.
      A. READ MATT. 16:13-16.
            1. DID JESUS WANT THE DISCIPLES TO BELIEVE HE WAS THE
                  CHRIST?
            2. DID THE DISCIPLES WANT TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS WAS THE
                  CHRIST?
      B. FROM THE DISCIPLES POINT OF VIEW, IF JESUS WERE THE CHRIST, WHAT
DID THE FUTURE HOLD FOR JESUS? (READ ACTS 1:6)
            1. NOW THE CRITCAL PART: IF JESUS WAS THE CHRIST, WHAT WOULD
THAT MEAN TO HIS DISCIPLES? (THEY WOULD BE GREAT AND HONORED MEN.)
            2. DO YOU THINK THAT THIS HOPE WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THEIR
LIFE? 

WITH THIS ATTITUDE OF THE DISCIPLES IN MIND, LETS FIRST READ 16:21
      C. WHAT DID JESUS SAY THAT BEING THE CHRIST WOULD MEAN FOR HIM?
(HE WAS GOING TO BE ABUSED AND DIE.)
            1. THIS WAS GOING TO BE A VERY GREAT TEST OF THE DISCIPLES
FAITH.  DO YOU THINK THAT THE DISCIPLES UNDERSTOOD WHAT HE WAS
SAYING?(NO.  THEY WOULD NOT LISTEN TO SUCH A THING. PETER SAYS IN V. 22,
"NO WAY!")
            2. (IN DA 345 EGW SAYS THAT THE DISCIPLES WOULD HAVE BEEN
SAVED A LOT OF GRIEF IF THEY HAD BEEN WILLING TO LISTEN AND TO DISCUSS
THE NEAR FUTURE WITH JESUS.)
      
      D.NOW READ WHAT BEING PART OF HIS KINGDOM WOULD MEAN FOR THE
DISCIPLES IN 16:24-25 AND 18:1-4. (JESUS REFERNCE TO GOING TO JERUSALEM MADE
THEM THINK THAT HE WAS GOING TO SET UP HIS KINGDOM AND CAUSED THIS
QUESTION IN 18:1. MARK 9:33-36 GIVES US THE PARALLEL REPORT OF MATT. 18 AND
HE SAYS THAT THE DISCIPLES WERE WERE WALKING BEHIND JESUS SO THAT HE
WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HEAR THEM AND THEY WERE QUARRELING ABOUT WHO
WOULD BE THE GREATEST IN HIS KINGDOM ON EARTH!) 
II. SERVANT
      A. DO YOU THINK THAT JESUS OVERSTATED THIS HUMBLING AND SERVANT
BUSINESS TO SHAKE THE DISCIPLES FROM THE RULER IMAGE THAT THEY WERE
DREAMING ABOUT?
      B. IF YOU SAY "NO, NOT OVERSTATED." DO YOU THINK THAT THIS APPLIED
ONLY TO THOSE DISCIPLES OR DOES IT APPLY TO US TODAY?
      C. IF YOU SAY THAT IT APPLIES TO US TODAY, PLEASE TELL ME, IN
PRACTICAL TERMS, ONE THING THAT WE DO TO DENY OURSELVES OR HUMBLE
OURSELVES? (LIST)
      D. IN MATT. 18 WE HAVE THE SECOND ASPECT OF THIS. JESUS SAYS THAT WE
SHOULD BECOME LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN IF WE WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN.  
      IN THE LAST 5 YEARS I HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT LITTLE CHILDREN, THE
WAY THEY REACT AND BEHAVE, AND QUITE FRANKLY THIS STATEMENT STRUCK
ME AS BEING INCREDIBLE.  NO DOUBT THIS IS ONLY TRUE ABOUT MY KIDS, BUT
THEY ARE:
            1. SELFISH
            2. HAVE TEMPERS THAT ARE UNCONTROLLED EXCEPT BY US.
            3. INCONSIDERATE
      E. MY GOAL IN LIFE IS TO MAKE THEM MORE LIKE ME AND NOT TO BECOME
MORE LIKE THEM.  SO WHAT IS JESUS TALKING ABOUT?

      (WHAT GOT SATAN INTO TROUBLE WAS WANTING TO BE LIKE JESUS OR
GREATER THAN JESUS.  THE DISCIPLES WANTED TO BE GREATER THAN EACH
OTHER AND CERTAINLY GREATER THAN MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT THEY MET. 
THAT ATTITUDE IS A KILLER, IT CANNOT BE TOLERATED IN HEAVEN.  MY KIDS
NEVER SAY, "DADDY, I'M GOING TO TAKE YOUR PLACE."  THEY WANT ME IN MY
PLACE.  THEY NEVER WANT TO GROW UP AND LEAVE.  THEY WANT TO DEPEND ON
ME.
      GOD SEEMS READY TO PUT UP WITH A LOT IF YOU HAVE THIS ONE ATTITUDE
STRAIGHT.)

III. FORGIVENESS
      A. READ MATT 18:21-22.
      B. YOU HAVE AGREED WITH ME THAT YOU SHOULD NOT CLAIM TO BE
BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.  IS THE NEXT LESSON THAT YOU SHOULD TOLERATE
ALL SORTS OF ABUSE FROM OTHERS?
      C. WHAT DOES THIS SAYING COVER? (LIST)
            1. PEOPLE OWE YOU MONEY OR STEAL YOUR MONEY?
            2. PEOPLE CALL YOU NAMES?
            3. PEOPLE HURT YOU?
            4. PEOPLE HURT YOUR FAMILY?
      D. WHY SHOULD YOU FORGIVE THESE THINGS AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF
TIMES? (TELL THE STORY OF V.23-35. OWED KING MILLIONSOF DOLLARS. WHEN
KING ORDERED THAT ALL HE HAD BE SOLD (INCLUDING HIS FAMILY) HE BEGGED
AND THE KING FORGAVE THE DEBT.  AS WALKING OUT OF THE CASTLE HE SAW A
GUY THAT OWED HIM A FEW DOLLARS. DEMANDED THAT HE PAY, REFUSED TO
LISTEN TO THIS GUYS BEGGING AND PUT HIM IN PRISON.)
      E. ON OUR LIST, WHATEVER GOD HAS FORGIVEN YOU, WHICH YOU SHOULD
KNOW INCLUDES MURDERING HIS SON, YOU SHOULD BE WILLING TO FORGIVE
OTHERS.

IV. PUTTING THESE TWO IDEA TOGETHER REGARDING SUFFERING.

      A. WE HAVE BEEN STUDYING ALL OF THE MIRACLES THAT CHRIST
PERFORMED TO MAKE THE SICK WELL OR FEED THE HUNGARY OR THE MIRACLE
IN OUR LESSON TODAY--PRODUCING MONEY.
            1. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEARING YOUR CROSS OR HUMBLING
YOURSELF, WILL YOU PRAY TO:
                  a. HAVE DIFFICULTIES REMOVED?
                  b. HELP WITH YOUR FINANCES TO AVOID BEING EMBARASSED
                        FINANCIALLY?
            2. WILL YOU PRAY FOR A MIRACLE FOR YOURSELF?
            3. IF YOU SAY THAT WE CAN PRAY FOR THESE THINGS, IF WE PICK UP
HIS CROSS, CAN WE EVER COMPLAIN TO HIM THAT HE HAS NOT ANSWERED OUR
PRAYERS TO REMOVE DIFFICULTIES?  (I JUST HAVE A HARD TIME SEEING THAT WE
CAN COMPLAIN.  HE DIED. HE SAYS THAT WE HAVE TO PICK UP HIS CROSS.)

V. TEMPLE TAX: MATT. 17: 24-27.
      A. WHY PAY?
      B. EXACT CHANGE?

NEXT WEEK: MATT. 19-21