Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
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tool for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not
use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  –
Brian A. Yeager





I. Introduction:
    A. We read of fasting in the Bible under many circumstances, notice a
    few:
    1. Times of battle (Judges 20:24-26).
    2. Times of mourning (II Samuel 1:11-12).
    3. Times of prayer (II Samuel 12:15-16).
    4. Times of repentance and confession of sins (Nehemiah 9:1-3).
    5. Different lengths of time (Deuteronomy 9:9, I Samuel 7:6,
    Matthew 4:1-2, and Acts 9:9).
    6. One should not fast to do the failing of one’s health (Mark 8:1-3).
    B. Sometimes people come to conclusions on fasting that are not
    scripturally right (Proverbs 18:13).
    1. A “Christian” woman once had a discussion with her Catholic
    sister on fasting and assumed she was wrong, rather than
    consulting the Lord’s will (Acts 3:22-23).
    2. Let’s not downplay anything the Lord has commanded (Luke 8:
    18-21).

II. Body: Matthew 6:16-18
    Verse 16: “When ye fast”, not “if ye fast” telling us we are to fast
    (Matthew 9:14-15 and I Corinthians 7:1-5).
    •        Some points on fasting (Ezra 8:21-23, Psalms 35:13,
    Jeremiah 14:10-16, Jonah 3:3-10, and Acts 10:30-31).
    •        We should be willing to fast (for unspecified period of times
    reminded of what we already have considered) for learning,
    serious spiritual decision making, and prayer (Matthew 15:32, Acts
    13:1-3, and Acts 14:23).
    •        O.T. had a public “fasting day” (Jeremiah 36:6-10), N.T. does
    not!  
    •        As we learned with aiding the needy and prayer (Matthew 6:1-
    7), fasting is not to be an outward show (Matthew 6:16).
    Verses 17-18: They were to appear washed and to put oil upon their
    heads to look normal rather than to appear to be fasting (I Samuel 16:7
    and II Corinthians 10:7).  
    •        Our fasting is to be towards God, not men (I Thessalonians 2:
    4; 4:1, and Luke 16:15).


III. Conclusion: We ought not be a boasting people of our fasting (Luke 18:
9-14), but should take time away from food, sex, etc. on occasion to focus on
our spiritual needs rather than our physical needs (Luke 5:33-35)!


© 2008 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain.  Use this as a tool
for your own studies if such is helpful!   Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my
work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies.  –
Brian A. Yeager
The Sermon On The Mount (Part 14)
Matthew 6:16-18