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Welcome to Cornerstone Church. We’re glad you decided to join us today as we celebrate all that Jesus has done for us. We are a church that LOVES GOD and LOVES OTHERS. We trust that you experienced God’s love here today. If there is anything we can do to serve you and help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, let us know.

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OUR PASTORAL STAFF
Lead Pastor – Erik Scottberg
Associate Pastor – Kermit Barker
Youth Pastor – Jake Wesemann
Discipleship Pastor – Phil Schneider
Children’s Director – Bethany Scottberg

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We believe there’s a next step for every follower of Jesus, no matter if you’re a new believer or if you’ve been doing this for years. Either way, we’re thrilled you’re here!

TODAY'S MESSAGE

Introduction:

“Watch me!”

 

Outline of this section of the Sermon on the Mount:

  • Principle Statement (Matthew 6:1)
  • Giving (Matthew 6:2-4)
  • Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)
  • Fasting (Matthew 6:16-18)

 

Principle: Motivation Matters

Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 …let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

There is no contradiction. Jesus is addressing our motivation. Are we seeking the pleasure of God or are we seeking the praise of man?

“Show when tempted to hide, hide when tempted to show.” — A. B. Bruce

 

Example 1: Giving:

Matthew 6:2 So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

“God does not like to be present where he is not wanted. And he knows when he is wanted and when he is not.” — Dallas Willard

Matthew 6:3-4 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 

Example 2: Prayer:

Matthew 6:5 And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

“the ego swells, and the soul shrivels.” — Dallas Willard

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 

Public prayer:

  • Instructs Others
  • Brings Unity
  • Inspires Faith

Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

“His point is that his disciples should avoid meaningless, repetitive prayers offered under the misconception that mere length will make prayers efficacious.” — D. A. Carson

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Conclusion:

“So instead of trusting a Father to fulfill their needs, they think they must badger a reluctant Deity into taking notice of them.” — R. T. France

Matthew 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

In this passage, Jesus basically tells the human race, “The desire for affirmation and even praise is within you. Don’t deny or minimize it. But know that the need is too huge for a human solution. Your heart is like a leaky bucket: no matter how much you and others pour praise into the bucket, it never gets filled. It remains an empty, craving, gaping wound. First you have to heal your broken, leaky, needy heart, and there’s only one thing that can fill the cracks: my Father’s love.” —Matt Woodley

 

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Response/Reflection

Choose your audience:

Are you seeking the pleasure of God or the praise of others?

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Upcoming Events 

 

July 18 – Softball Game @ 7:30pm | Gordon Moore Park, Diamond #3

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