Enter The Narrow Gate, March 1-7

Matthew 7:13-29

 

Outline

Two Roads – take the narrow road

Because the wide road leads to destruction,

but the narrow road leads to life

 

Two Trees – check the fruit

Because today we can know by their fruit,

and on the last day the Lord will know

 

Two Houses – obey Jesus’ words

Because the house on the rock stands in the storm,

but the house on the sand crashes

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. What are your favorite sections or sayings in the Sermon on the Mount? Why?
  2. How would you describe the two different roads that Jesus contrasts? Why do we find many on the wide road? What are the roads’ different destinations? What (or who) is the narrow gate?
  3. How can we recognize false prophets, teachers? What are examples of bad fruit? Of good fruit?
  4. Who will be surprised that they do not enter the kingdom of heaven? What sorts of people might fit this category today? Are you sure you are saved? Why or why not?
  5. BONUS: According to the New Testament, what is the relationship between faith and works (“doing the will of my Father who is in heaven”)?
  6. In Jesus’ illustration of the two houses, what is the same and what is different? What one factor accounts for the different outcomes?
  7. As he ends the sermon, Jesus uses three illustrations (two roads, two trees and two houses) to bring us to a point of decision. There are only two choices: follow him fully, or not. What is your decision?

 

Family Discussion

  1. Have you ever said you would do something and not done it? What do the phrases “actions speak louder than words” and “you can’t judge a book by its cover” mean?
  2. Read Matthew 7:13-29 out loud as a family. What four things does Jesus compare in these stories? What’s the same about each story?
  3. What is the narrow gate in verses 13–14? Why do you think it is a hard gate to enter into (James 1:2)? What is the reward for those who choose to enter?
  4. How can you tell if someone is likely to be a Christian? What is the “good fruit” Jesus talks about in verses 15–18? What good fruit are you bearing for Jesus? What good fruit could you and your family produce for God’s kingdom?
  5. Where do those end up who enter the narrow gate, produce good fruit, profess proper faith, and build their house upon the rock?
  6. What does Jesus call us to do in each of these stories?
  7. Are you the wise man or the foolish man in verses 24–27? Why would you say that (Romans 10:9; John 3:16)?
  8. For young children, Google the song “The Wise Man Built his House Upon the Rock” and have fun singing and practicing the motions as a reminder to build our lives on the Rock of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

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