The Sermon on the Mount (IV)
Questions for Study 10
Key Verse: 33
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I. Treasures in Heaven (19-24)
1. How do worldly minded people pursue the security and rewards of their lives? How did Jesus admonish such futility? Why? (19, 1 John 2:17)
2. What are treasures in heaven? (5:12,30; Mark 9:47; 6:5, 15; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Peter 1:4) How can we store up treasures in heaven? (24, 1 Timothy 6:18,19) How do they give true security, freedom, and happiness? How does the choice of our treasure determine our value system and integrity? (21)
3. What do "the eyes" symbolize? (Psalm 119:36-37) How are the eyes being the lamp of the body illustrate the importance of putting the hope and desires of our hearts in the treasures in heaven?
II. Do Not Worry (25-34)
4. Why might even Jesus disciples who try to store up the treasures in heaven not be exempted from the anxieties of life? How does it help their faith to know that life is more important than food and the body more important than clothes?
5. How does the illustration of God's feeding the birds of the air give confidence in the providence of our Heavenly Father? What do we learn about the futility of worry? (27)
6. How does the illustration of the lilies of the field give the practical truth that God cares and provides for our needs and that his provision is more glorious that our own achievement? In what respect is worry tooted in unbelief?
7. How can we overcome our worries about the cares of this world and our own future security? (33) In what way is this a most precious promise? How can we seek first his kingdom and righteousness?
8. If we really believe God's promise, what will be the practical life-style and the way we will handle the cares of the world? (34) Why is this the wisdom of life? How is Jesus' life a good example of this?