Come Follow Me with Living Scriptures: Matthew 6-7

Come Follow Me with Living Scriptures: Matthew 6-7


Come Follow Me (Feb 20-26) Matthew 6-7 | Kingdom Quest – powered by Happy Scribe

It’s the greatest quest the world has ever known. And you are the brave adventurer. Equip yourself wisely, defeat terrible dangers, and discover magnificent treasures. It’s Kingdom Quest, the game that could change your life. Batteries included. Detailed instruction manual required. Now, of course, life is not a game, and our journey towards the Kingdom of God is serious business. But with all the shoots, ladders, choices, treasures, challenges, and forks in the road, an epic board game is a great metaphor, and we do love metaphors around here. First, we each need to read the directions for this game found in the magnificent sermon on the Mount. Now, let’s begin our Kingdom quest. But what’s the object? To attain the Kingdom of God. So is it a place we’re trying to get to, or is it something we become? Both. Yes, it’s a glorious place we get to by becoming Christ’s disciples. We journey to a place of light by becoming full of light. We taste the fruit of the tree of life by bringing forth good fruit. Be sure to watch last week’s Beatitude Omatic episode for more info from the Master on how to do that. So we’ve embarked on the Kingdom quest, and now with the sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows us how to live as disciples and gives us a heads up as to the pitfalls and dangers we might soon face.

But just a second, shouldn’t we humble brag a little first? I mean, we’ve taken our first steps on the quest. Hooray for us, right? Whoops, that’s the first warning on the Sermon on the Mount. Seeking praise for the good we do, like giving to the poor in front of everybody, or loudly praying super eloquent prayers, or making a big deal about our fasting because there’s pizza around and we’re really hungry. All the praise we get for showing off how generous and holy we are can feel pretty rewarding. Wow, check out all that treasure. But it doesn’t last. Jesus wants us to be truly converted by doing good, loving others, and seeking God’s goodness rather than trying to gain earthly treasure. Now, there are a bunch of other things Jesus warns us about, like side quests for cool stuff we tell ourselves won’t distract us, using our new found knowledge to judge others harshly, and focusing on fixing our teammates. It’s a perilous quest at times, with fear, temptation, and exhaustion constantly popping up. But fortunately, we have a special ability when we get lost or confused by the directions. It’s prayer, and we have an unlimited supply.

We can pray anytime, anywhere, no matter what predicament we find ourselves in. But just because we can pray anytime doesn’t mean we should just toss them around without thought or purpose. Have you ever knelt down for your bedtime prayer and accidentally bless the food? Yeah. Vain repetition. Penalty on the play. Remember, heavenly father already knows what we need before we ask him, and he wants to help us. As we pause and look and listen when we pray, He’ll give us new instructions to help us become who we need to be to continue our journey. In fact, Jesus himself shows us how in a truly epic prayer. First, we address our Father, the King of the Universe, with honor and respect. By the way, isn’t it cool that of all his titles, he chooses to have us call Him Father? Yeah. Next, we choose to be willing to put what God wants first in our lives, and we say, the Lord is our die will be done. And then, of course, we can ask him for what we need or want. We then take advantage of his invitation to come back to the path that leads to his Kingdom by humbly admitting our faults and asking for forgiveness.

But again, hypocrisy doesn’t work in the Kingdom of God, so we need to forgive others for that to work for us. He’s the perfect father, so he’ll give us what we need to grow and progress back to him. Our Father, who sees our secret prayers and hears our heartfelt pleas, will reward us openly with the directions and guidance we need to move forward. Yes, with the sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows us exactly how to be wonderful human beings, how to treat each other, and how to build the Kingdom of God inside us. Today, Matthew chapters 5 through 7 might be the most important scriptures you’ll ever read as it’s the gospel, simplified and concentrated. So no matter what life throws at us, we brave adventurers with Christ may all achieve this, the mightiest of quests. Oh, and one last reminder from the Master, the foolish among us hear the Word, but the wise hear and do. Almost 50 years ago, Living scriptures was founded to help everyone better understand and feel the power of God’s Word. Who knew that today’s line upon line series would touch half a million lives every week? Season 4, The Glorious New Testament is in production, and you are invited to help us in this great cause by clicking the donation link below.

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Upon the Rock

Matthew 6-7 | February 20-26

After Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, He taught that those who heard the things He taught and did them were like wise men building a house upon a rock. By doing the things Jesus teaches us, we are building our testimonies and our own family on a strong foundation.

What are some things Jesus teaches us to do in His Sermon on the Mount? One thing He taught the people was how to pray. He reminded the people not to pray using “vain repetitions”, and gave them an example of a prayer, which has become known as The Lord’s Prayer. (See Matthew 6:9–16)

He taught the people not to judge unrighteously. He compared a person judging someone else unrighteously to someone who has a beam stuck in their eye, while they’re trying to get a tiny mote out of someone else’s eye. (See Matthew 7:1–5)

Jesus also taught us that we should seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). As we do these things, we build strong testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ that will help our family withstand the storms of life, just like the house built by the wise man upon a rock is able to withstand the rain, wind and floods.

Matthew 6: Jesus continues the Sermon on the Mount—He teaches the disciples the Lord’s Prayer—They are commanded to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Matthew 7: Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount—He commands, Judge not; ask of God; beware of false prophets—He promises salvation to those who do the will of the Father.


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Matthew 7:24–27

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”


  • What does it mean to build your testimony upon the rock of Jesus Christ?
  • What can we learn about prayer from the way the Savior prayed?
  • How can we use His prayer as a model to improve our own prayers?
  • What guidance has the Lord given us in making judgments? (See Matthew 7:2–5)
  • How can we individually “first seek the kingdom of God”? How can we do this as a family?


“If you make your home a house of prayer and fasting, faith, learning and glory, and order, it can become a house of God. If you build your homes on the foundation rock of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and the gospel, they can be sanctuaries where your families can be sheltered from the raging storms of life.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin

View past lessons & resources on our website.

More Resources


The Mote & the Beam / House Built on a Rock

Use one or both of these object lessons about the mote & the beam and the houses built upon the rock and the sand to reinforce the lessons Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount.


Praying Arms Pretzels

Prayer is an important part of the gospel of Jesus Christ and will help us build our homes upon the rock of Jesus Christ. These shape of these soft pretzels remind us of praying arms.


The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Children’s Songbook page 281

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