A Joint And Informed Look On Faith: Studying Matthew 18, 19, and 20

Huge thanks to everyone in the family group. ❤️ We tackled the lesson over hot soup, salad, bread, sweet desserts, strong coffee, and chilled wines.

In our discussion on October 11, we thematically linked the study of the three chapters of Matthew (18, 19, 20) to the topic of faith. Our opening activity was a quiz on Hans Rosling’s Factfulness. The reality is, we view our faith, form biases, and decide how we shall relate to each other and to others on the basis of the information we have or not have of the world. The activity was meant to check where we are on global awareness. Do you want to check if you have an accurate view of the world? Here’s the link to the quiz, https://factfulnessquiz.com/

Is the world better today than it was during the old times? Are we healthier today compared to our ancestors? How is subscribing to facts or accuracy on how you view the world connected to tonight’s lesson? Our awareness condition on what’s truly happening in the world affects our compassion IQ and how we view other people’s humanity. It influences the position we take on various social, political, medical, and economic issues. Our awareness condition is tied to the faith we practice and vice verse. Being that faith is a reasoned response to God’s revelation and not a blind leap into the abyss, going after the facts and continually learning helps us confront our biases and consequently strengthen and promote a Gospel-based faith. After looking into the 17 chapters of Matthew, to include cross-referential studies of the Old Testament and other books in the New Testament, we now get the following comprehensive view of faith.

Faith is a reasoned response to God’s call. It is based on knowledge and insight (of who and what God is), belief (in his being), and trust and confidence (safety under his care). Faith doesn’t stop with a confession or declaration just like what Peter demonstrated in Matthew 16. From the confession of faith, we move into the expression of faith and then to the interconnected communal and intra-personal growing of it.

Faith in accordance with the Gospel as we learned from the Ministry of Christ was the backdrop by which we looked at the stories and parables written in chapters 18 to 20. In the discussion, we reaffirmed the foundational basis of reading the Bible as a unified literary work and studying it in it’s final and finished form while at the same time bearing in mind the following imperatives:

1. The thrust to bring together what’s been pulled apart. (In reference to the Bible’s continuing theme)

2. Left to their own accord, human beings are incapable of overcoming sins. (The consistent conflict is seen in the Bible’s narratives)

3. God’s Plan of Salvation —The premise that Salvation is solely by God’s Transformative Grace received through faith alone. The Gospel is consistently shown in the Bible’s storytelling. (The reflected conflict resolution from Genesis to Revelation)

4. The Foundational Interactive Direction (FID) of the conversation is that the GOSPEL is the heart and the very point of every discussion. The Gospel, literally translated as Good News, is defined in the Bible as the person and the works of Christ. The person of Christ is about his life, death, and resurrection. The works of Christ pertains to his Ministry which revolves around three things: TEACHING, PREACHING, and HEALING. In short, this is about us coming together as a unified unit, bringing the promise of God’s Kingdom available to all herein and now.

Here’s the Study Guide to Matthew 18, 19, 20 discussion, https://1drv.ms/w/s!AoY5dWd1NI-dulbUnaIMbWxm7X7N

Here’s the powerpoint presentation we used to moderate the lesson’s Socratic-style study, https://1drv.ms/p/s!AoY5dWd1NI-dumGF9XdKzZ1IJ0P-

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