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01 January 24, 2016, Matthew 7;13-27, Two Paths, One Choice


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01 January 24, 2016, Matthew 7;13-27, Two Paths, One Choice

  1. 1. Matthew 7:13-27 “Two Paths, One Choice” January 24, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. January Memory Verse Joshua 1:9 ESV “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Please Pray For: The Pastor Search Committee Ross Aven Rodney DePriest Laurel Ditto Susan Lindsay Chris Maddux Joe Young Paul Moak, Jr. (Chairman)
  2. 2. References • MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Study Bible, NKJV, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc., 1982). • Missler, Dr. Chuck. The Gospel of Matthew, Session 5, Chapters 6 & 7. YouTube Video. • Lutzer, Erwin W. Ten Lies About God (Nashville: Word Publishing, 2000). Introduction to Matthew 7 • The Sermon on the Mount is in Matthew 5-7. • Matthew 5 – Speaks of the righteousness that “His followers” must possess. • Matthew 6 & 7- Deals with the external part of religion in the righteousness that “His followers” are to practice. What is Jesus saying to us in The Sermon on the Mount? • Jesus presents the CHARACTER that describes the true Christian in Matthew 5:1-16 (Beatitudes). • The rest of The Sermon on the Mount deals with the CONDUCT that grows out of that CHARACTER. • CHARACTER always comes before CONDUCT, because “WHAT WE ARE” determines “WHAT WE DO”. Matthew 7:13-27 Overview • This closing section of ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ is the gospel application. • Jesus explains that every person must choose between Him or Satan (World). • Jesus is clearly drawing the line between the way that leads to destruction and the way which leads to life. Footnotes 1. The ESV (English Standard Version) is the translation used. 2. Scripture in red are the direct words (translation) of Jesus. Matthew 7:13-14 13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. • Enter = action verb to “come” or “go into” with Jesus saying this is how you come to me.
  3. 3. Matthew 7:13-14 Outline • 2 gates • 2 ways • 2 destinations • 2 groups of people Matthew 7:13-14 Narrow Gate Wide Gate • Difficult is the way. • Leads to Life. • Few find it. • Broad is the way. • Leads to destruction. • Many go this way. Biblical definitions of “difficult” & “broad” Difficult is the way (Narrow) Broad is the way (Wide) • Salvation is by faith in Christ only. • Constricted and precise. • The world will hate you. • Trying to earn salvation through works & good deeds or following the law. • My own God – self- righteousness. • The world will act as if it loves you.
  4. 4. Narrow Gate…Difficult is the way. Matthew 10:38 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Matthew 16:24 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. John 15:18 18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. John 16:1-3 1 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. John 14:6 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Proverbs 14:12 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Galatians 5:19-21 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 10 Lies About God and How You May Already Be Deceived by Erwin Lutzer 1. God is whatever we want Him to be. 2. Many paths lead into God’s presence. 3. God is more tolerant than He used to be. 4. God has never personally suffered. 5. God is obligated to save followers of other religions. 6. God takes no responsibility for natural disasters. 7. God does not know our decisions before we make them. 8. The fall of man ruined God’s plan. 9. We must choose between God’s pleasures and our own. 10.God helps those who help themselves.
  5. 5. Matthew 7:15-17 15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. False and True Teaching • How to distinguish between false and true teachers. - They may all look the same. - They may be in the same orchard. - The distinguishing signs will be their fruit. - There is a growing season before fruit appears. - The test of time (season). False and True Teaching True False • Real shepherd. • Inside is love. • Good fruit. • Impersonating a shepherd (sheep’s clothing). • Inside is deceit with goal to destroy. • Bad fruit. What is the fruit in Matthew 7? Matthew 3:8 (John the Baptist speaking) 8 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. • Repentance = A radical turning from sin that becomes manifest in the fruit of righteousness. James 3:17-18 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. • James described the fruits of righteousness. Galatians 5:22-24 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self- control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. • Paul described fruit (characteristics) as a Spirit-filled life.
  6. 6. What is the fruit of false teachers? 2 Peter 2:1-3 1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Discerning the False Teachings 1 John 4:1-3 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Matthew 7:21-23 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' “I never knew you…” • Their confidence was in the works they had done. • Their works were spectacular, but not authentic. • Without faith in Christ, works are worthless. • “Knowing Christ” is having a personal relationship with Him. “…depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!” I John 3:4-6 4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. • John is not asserting sinless perfection, but the believer’s life is not characterized by a lifestyle of sin.
  7. 7. Matthew 7:24-27 24 "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." • Jesus explains the forecast of life for the choice you make.
  8. 8. Applications of Matthew 7:24-27 1. Rain, floods and wind will blow on your life, and you will be tested. • The unexpected will come! John 16:33 33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 2. The foundation upon which you build your life will determine your stability. • Build your life from the foundation up. - Rock (God’s word & promises never fail.) - Sand (easily moved and always changing locations) 3. Build back-up systems. • Personal values: “What we are determines what we do.” • Personal relationships: “Bad company corrupts good character.” • Personal faith: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 Good News for the Unbeliever!! • At any point along the way on the broad path that leads to destruction, Jesus will accept you onto the narrow path that leads to LIFE (Abundant and Eternal) when you accept Jesus, by faith, as your Savior. • You can relocate your house from the foundation of sand to the foundation of the rock by accepting Jesus, by faith, as your Savior!
  9. 9. Good News for the Believer • There are ditches along the narrow path!! • When we fall into the ditch (sin), we can repent (turn from that sin) and ask forgiveness and get back on the path (fellowship). • When a Christian sins, he/she does NOT fall onto to the broad path (Lose your salvation). Closing Quote by Dr. Tony Evans The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  10. 10. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be an overcomer. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or