New Testament
Lesson 9
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to become more dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ.

Scripture references for study:  Matthew 6–7
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READ MATTHEW 6:1-4. Do not do your alms before men.


READ MATTHEW 6:5-8. Pray in secret, not before men.



The Lord provided us with a key to demonstrate the sincerity of our prayers, both to the Father and to ourselves.

READ MATTHEW 6:16-18. Fast as a sacrifice to the Lord, not to be seen of men.

Serving God Or Mammon

READ MATTHEW 6:19-21. Lay up treasures in heaven.

"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:22-23)

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" (Matthew 6:25)

Judging Others

READ MATTHEW 7:1-2. Judge not.

READ MATTHEW 7:3-5. Cast the beam out of your own eye.

Seek To Know The Truth

READ MATTHEW 7:6-8. Cast not pearls before swine. Ask and it shall be given.

READ MATTHEW 7:12. The Golden Rule.

READ MATTHEW 7:13-14. Enter at the strait gate.

Prophets, Good Works, & Salvation

READ MATTHEW 7:15-20. Beware of false prophets.

READ MATTHEW 7:21-23. They who are saved are they who do the will of the Father.

READ MATTHEW 7:24-27. Build a proper foundation.

"And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." (Matthew 7:28-29)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

In the sixth chapter of Matthew, the Lord is teaching us to set proper priorities and to keep our focus with an "eye single to the glory of God." Our goal should not be to impress men or attain riches, but to seek for eternal treasures. In the process, we will be well rewarded, "...and all these things shall be added unto you."

In the seventh chapter we receive instructions about obtaining true knowledge and requirements for salvation. The Master concludes by saying that if we heed these teachings, we will have built our eternal destiny upon a firm and sure foundation.

The Sermon on the Mount provides more real instruction on how to live one's life than all the books ever written. At home, I have several shelves full of books on success, positive thinking, and suggestions for living a better life. And yet, the Savior said it best in his great sermon as contained in three chapters of Matthew.

Record your thoughts on the principles taught by the Savior in this great sermon. In what areas can you improve?

Resources Used In This Lesson

An Eye Single To The Glory of God: Reflections on the Cost of Discipleship by Robert L. Millet.

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie.


Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball.

Gospel Ideals by David O. McKay.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Notwithstanding My Weakness by Neal A. Maxwell.

Pure In Heart by Dallin H. Oaks.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume #, by Bruce R. McConkie.

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