Matthew 11:28-30 English Standard Version (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
An important message from the book of Matthew by Grace Community Church pastor-teacher John MacArthur.
“Here are the words of our Lord Jesus Himself. And they are stunning words, shocking words, and tragic words.” John MacArthur
Matthew 7:21-27 (ESV)
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
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24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 16:24–25). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Pastor John MacArthur tells us in his message, Winning By Losing: The Paradox of Discipleship, “… [that] this was one of Jesus’ recurring themes. There are some things that our Lord especially taught, some specially loved truths which He went back to again and again and again. We see them over and over in the Scripture. And we will never understand salvation and we will never understand discipleship unless we understand this principle…so oft repeated. The principle is winning by losing.”
Check out the message here. And then take a look at the book The Gospel According to Jesus available in Print, e-Book, MP3 CD and Audible. Additional sermons resources are available in The Gospel According to Jesus topical series which is available on the Grace To You website or via the Grace To You app for your phone.
“Every day, Christians in the most dangerous places on Earth are working to advance the gospel [of Jesus Christ] at any cost. These front-line workers have been interrogated, beaten and arrested for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Yet they boldly continue in God’s work. Please consider supporting these faithful Christian brothers and sisters in prayer. When you commit to pray regularly for one year, [Voice of the Martyrs] will send you a card with the name and photo of a front-line worker so you can keep it in your Bible or another location as a reminder to pray.” Voice of the Martyrs, February 2019
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12 (ESV)
12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:12-17 (ESV)
1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (ESV)
“…and they shall call his name Immanuel.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 1:23). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.