What is Jesus' Warning? Take the difficult road. Why? How? - Matthew 7:13-14
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(A2) Open the session with prayer. Ask God to open your mind and tell him you'll do Psalm 119:34 "Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart."
(A3) In this 16 minute Sermon on the Mount (which is the most famous sermon ever given) Jesus tells us how to live in a way that God can bless here on earth and that will also result in spending eternity with God in heaven and not in hell. There is nothing more important for anyone to know and to follow than Jesus' teachings in this sermon.
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(4) Now listen to Matthew chapter 7 on the Holy Bible App while reading it at the same time. It'll only take 4 minutes to listen to this chapter and it'll provide the context for the passage we'll be studying today.
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(B1) What is Jesus' Warning? Take the difficult road. Why? How?
(B2) Matthew 7:13-14 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. (14) But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it."
(1) In verse 13 how many people does Jesus say are going to hell?
(2) In v14 (verse 14) how many people does Jesus say are going to heaven?
(3) So, according to Jesus, where are most people going after they die?
(4) Where do most people think they are going after they die? (surveys show less than 1 percent think they are going to hell)
(5) At 95% of the funerals you've been at don't they always say "He/she is in a better place"?
(6) Who do you think is right, Jesus or most of the people?
(7) In v14, if we want to go to heaven (God's Kingdom) which road does Jesus say we must take and stay on?
(8) Does Jesus place any restriction on who can go on this difficult road or is this difficult road available to ANYONE regardless of what they have done before?
(9) The very popular translation ESV translates the "road is difficult" as "the way is hard".
(10) From MacArthur Bible Commentary: "Christ continually emphasized the difficulty of following Him. Salvation is by grace alone, but it is not easy. It calls for knowledge of the truth, repentance, submission to Christ as Lord, and a willingness to obey His will and Word." While salvation is by grace alone what does it call for?
(11) After giving us this shocking warning Jesus proceeds to give his 3 requirements for entering heaven. We'll be studying his 3 requirements in the next 3 sessions.
(B3) What hell is like Matthew 18:8 "So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet."
(1) In this verse what is in hell?
(2) In this verse how long does the fire in hell last for?
(3) In this verse what causes people to go to hell?
(4) From ESV Study Bible: "Jesus uses hyperbole (intentional overstatement) to emphasize the necessity of rigorous self-discipline and radically removing sin from the disciple’s life before it leads to judgment". What happens if one doesn't remove sin?
(5) Revelation 20:10, 15 "Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. ... (15) And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire." In v10 what happens in hell?
(6) From this article in gotquestions.org: "The variety and symbolic nature of descriptors do not lessen hell, however—just the opposite, in fact. Their combined effect describes a hell that is worse than death, darker than darkness, and deeper than any abyss. Hell is a place with more wailing and gnashing of teeth than any single descriptor could ever portray. Its symbolic descriptors bring us to a place beyond the limits of our language—to a place far worse than we could ever imagine." Hell is "far worse" than what? Why did Jesus talk so much about Hell?
(7) www.gotquestions.com is a fantastic resource to get answers to any questions you have about Christianity. Just type in a few words in the GotQuestions.com search box and you'll get a list of excellent articles.
(8) An excellent 3 part sermon series by Craig Groeschel (of Life.church) on "Life After Death - One Minute After You Die". Craig does an excellent job describing hell and heaven. The videos are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Or you can get the Podcasts (their dates are Oct 28, Nov 4, 11 2018)
(B4) What heaven is like John 14:2-3 "There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? (3) When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am."
(1) In v2 how does Jesus describe Heaven?
(2) In v3 who will those who go to heaven always be with?
(3) What is Jesus doing right now for his disciples? Note, in this passage he is ONLY talking to his true disciples (see John 13:22), the ones who were living to serve him.
(4) Revelation 21:3-4 "God himself will be with them. (4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." What will not be in heaven?
(5) 1 Cor 15:42-44 "It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. (43) Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. (44) They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies." For those who go to heaven what will our bodies be like?
(B5) What is required to enter heaven? Luke 13:23-24 "Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He replied, (24) “Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail."
(1) In v24 what is required to enter God's Kingdom?
(2) From John Wesley commentary: "Strive as in an agony. So the word signifies otherwise none shall enter in. Barely seeking will not avail".
(3) From NLT Life Application Study Bible: "Finding salvation requires more concentrated effort than most people are willing to put forth. Obviously we cannot save ourselves—there is no way we can work ourselves into God’s favor. We “work hard to enter” through the narrow door by earnestly desiring to know Jesus and diligently striving to follow him whatever the cost." In this study note what does "work hard to enter" mean?
(2) In v24 how many who are trying to enter heaven fail?
(3) In v24 why do they fail?
(4) If we are not working hard what does that mean?
(B6) Review: For you what verses made it clear that we need to work HARD to find and stay on the difficult road to heaven, because only a few make it?
(B7) Summary: Realize only a few are going to heaven. Therefore work hard and take and stay on the difficult road. How? By doing Jesus' three requirements in the next three paragraphs. These three requirements are covered in the next 3 sessions.
(B8) Application: Is there any change you can start applying today from some teaching in this session? Write it down if you have one so you can remember it, do it, and discuss how it went in the next session.
(C1) Assignment for session 2
(1) Memorize: Memorize ONLY the first application, application 1 word perfect. Next week you need to be able to say it word perfect. This little effort will make ALL THE DIFFERENCE in having yours and others' lives changed.
(2) Next Session: Complete session 2. We'll discuss session 2 next time. Remember you get out of the Bible what you put into it. Put in a little time and effort and you'll get a little bit out of it. Put in a lot of time and effort and the change in your life will be great. During the discussion, due to time constraints, not every point will be discussed SO keep studying session 2 until you understand it well.
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(4) Listening to Sermon: Click here to watch or listen to session 2's "False Teaching is a Trap" by Jonathan Pokluda
(5) Listening to Bible: Using the Bible App listen to Matthew chapters 5-7 this week, it'll only take 16 minutes.
(6) In a few days call and encourage each other on developing these new habits of studying the next session and listening to a sermon. Also pray for each other's requests from this meeting.
(7) Who needs to hear this? How will they hear this?
(98 When can we meet next week (or sooner) to go over the next lesson?
(1) Share one thing you are thankful for this past week.
(2) Share 1-2 personal prayer requests for everyone to pray for this week.
(3) If you have time pray for the requests.
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