3 Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
4 Luke 4:43 43But he said, “I must preach the GOOD NEWS of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
5 Luke 18:18-30 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
6 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”
7 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
8 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
9 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
10 C S Lewis: Epigrams and Epitaphs All things (e. g C S Lewis: Epigrams and Epitaphs All things (e.g. a camel’s journey through A needle’s eye) are possible, it’s true. But picture how the camel feels, squeezed out In one long, bloody thread from tail to snout.
12 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”
13 SUPERCEDING FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS: Matthew 8:21-22 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
14 Matthew 10:37-38 “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
15 NOT ASSERTING OUR RIGHTS: Matthew 5:39–41 39But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. 40If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.
16 41If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.
17 LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: Matthew 5:44–47 I say, love your enemies LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: Matthew 5:44–47 I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.
18 For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?
19 Even corrupt tax collectors do that much Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.
20 FORGIVING THOSE WHO HAVE HURT OR HARMED US: Matthew 6:12–15 Forgive us our sins, … 14“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
21 Matthew 18:21–23 21Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
22 TO BE NON-MATERIALISTIC: Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
23 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
24 Matthew 6:25-33 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
25 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? … But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
26 Luke 12:32-34 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
27 Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
28 GOING OUT OF OUR WAY TO HELP THOSE LESS FORTUNATE: Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
29 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ …
30 ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’