Kingdom Discernment


Sunday (3/26), gather with your church family as we continue our new series in the gospel according to Matthew (7:1-14). It is the first of four gospels that chronicle the birth, life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the previous section (6:19-34), Jesus continued His teaching by contrasting how His people and the people of the world deal with wealth and worry. Again, this has to do with a person’s priorities. Nowhere in the New Testament is there a prohibition against wealth accumulation.

Instead, Jesus teaches that His people should focus on eternal intangibles because He will make sure to take care of their temporal needs. He concludes His teaching on wealth and worries by stating, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (6:33).

In chapter seven, Jesus transitions from describing the individual believer’s behavior to the relationship between believers. Unity within the church is vital, especially in today’s toxic culture. One of the signs that the return of Jesus is imminent is the lack of love between family members. And at the same time, one of the signs that someone belongs to Christ is their love for God, fellow believers, and sinners.

Therefore, Jesus instructs His disciples to exercise discernment, knowing what to do and say in any situation. Hence, they protect themselves from the arrows Satan constantly shoots to attempt to derail the unity that a church family enjoys. And Jesus knowing that He is commanding His people to do something that doesn’t come naturally, encourages them to spend time praying, asking God for the gift of discernment, and then to step out in faith boldly.

I look forward to our time together. Please pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Calvary Chapel family.

There are several opportunities for worship. On-campus (10:00 am), drive-in church (92.1fm), and online (Facebook, YouTube: Calvary Inverness); (website:

In His Strong Love,
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