Pandemic Padawans

Series: The Gospel of Matthew

Pandemic Padawans

January 24, 2021 | Paul Duppenthaler

Jesus says the greatest in His Kingdom will become like paidions (paidions, in Greek). This word means young child... implying trust and humility and willingness to learn and follow and obey Him (sounds like padawan, if you’re a Star Wars fan!) Early on, Jesus' closest disciples were not like this! Jesus had to sit them down for a talk. In Matthew 18 He spells out what it means to be a great disciple in His Kingdom. Join the service and grade yourself to see how well you align with Jesus instructions during this pandemic.  Don't worry! There's hope, even if you fall far short!

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Pandemic Padawans

Matthew 18:15-20 NIV 

  1. GREATNESS BEGINS WITH  

Mt 18:2–4 He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” 

  1. GREATNESS IS CHARACTERIZED BY  .

Mt 18:5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. 

  1. DISCIPLES  ALL MICROS (little ones) FROM STUMBLING.

Mt 18:6 If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 

  1. DISCIPLES  ALL MICROS.

Mt 18:10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones.
For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
 

  1. DISCIPLES  MICROS.

Mt 18:12 What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 

  1. DISCIPLES   THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN INTO SIN.

Mt 18:15–17 If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. 

1. Privately advise the person who has sinned.
2. If resisted, advise them in the presence of a witness or two.
3. If needed, involve the called spiritual leaders of the church to reprove and advise.
4. If they still refuse to listen, then they are to be excommunicated from the fellowship. 

  1. DISCIPLES  AND  TO DO GOD’S WORK.

Mt 18:19-20 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. 

PANDEMIC APPLICATION:  A GOOD STARTING POINT?  .

Ecclesiastes 10:10 NLT Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade.
That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.

Series Information

In our continued study of Gospel of Matthew, we see how God’s promises in the Hebrew Scriptures to bring salvation to his people Israel and to the whole world are being fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Our response to this joyful news should be to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus the Messiah.

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