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March 25, 2020 Bible Study Resources

Posted 03/26/20

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Matthew 7:13-29 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Narrow Gate

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad 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 know them by their fruits.

Concerning Self-Deception

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father 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 deeds of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’

Hearers and Doers

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

 

Matthew 7:1-29: A Strong Foundation for our Faith

Hearers and Doers

24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”

  1. Judging others Inappropriately (7:1-5)
  2. Warning disciples against setting themselves over others. We will be judged by the same standards.
  3. Recapitulation of Beatitudes (Matt. 5:7) and Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:12).
  4. Avoid making your opinion the absolute standard—usurp the place of God.
  5. Work hard to love one another instead of having vindictive condemnation in our hearts.
  6. Grace—then Growth!   Disciples have to help each other grow—but help must come from a position of humility and taking time for self-examination.

 

  1. Evaluating Others Appropriately (7:6)
  2. Pearls—the message of the Kingdom of Heaven—should not be given to those with no appreciation for such truths.  
  3. God’s guidance in Relationships to Others (7:7-12)
  4. Ask (coming to God), seek (link’s prayer with responsible living), knock (Perseverance)—metaphors for prayer; living a true kingdom life in a broken world.
  5. Golden Rule—provides stability in discipleship—First: Learn to depend on Heavenly Father.

Second: Commitment to living for the benefit for others. How do we meet the needs of others?

  1. Great Command—Love God and Love Others.

 

Matthew 7:1-29: A Strong Foundation for our Faith Part 2 (vv.13-29)

Hearers and Doers

 

  1. Narrow and Broad Gates and Roads (7:13-14)
  2. Initiates final section of the Sermon on the Mount; broad gate—destruction; narrow gate-life.
  3. We are constantly transforming; Jesus is the Narrow Gate; Gate first and then the road; Grace then growth.

 

  1. True and False Prophets (7:15-20)
  2. Seemingly genuine members of God’s flock—intentions are evil. Maintaining balance of not judging but at the same time not being naively accepting. Must prayerfully and wisely discern.
  3. Listen to message and see if there is consistency in lifestyle.

 

  1. True and False Disciples (7:21-23)
  2. True—inward allegiance—those who are following the will of God. False—using the name of Jesus for selfish reasons. Four worst words to hear from Jesus: “I never knew you.”

 

  1. Wise and Foolish Builders (7:24-27)
  2. My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.
  3. Is it religion or relationship—are you with me or the religious establishment? Is it God’s righteousness or self-righteousness? Some may say you don’t need a foundation or others may say any foundation will do.

 

  1. The Reaction of the Crowds (7:28-29)
  2. “When Jesus had finished…”—marks the end of the discourse.
  3. Amazed—authority—amazement is not a commitment of faith; A decision must be made.

 

To make a decision is to come out of the crowd and become Jesus’ disciple.