SERVE ONLY Jesus as master - Matthew 7:21-23
Session 2 Index page Session 4
(A2) Open the session with prayer
(A3) Because of the subject matter this is a long session and may take 2 weeks to cover. That's OK, get the most out of it instead of rushing through it.
(A4) How did you do on last session's B13 application?
(A5) Review of the "Lukewarm and Lovin' It!" message by Francis Chan - Messages
(1) What was the key thought you wrote down from listening to this message?
(2) No, it's weirder for someone who makes $50,000 and doesn't think they're rich. Francis thinks we are rich.
(3) Note: Don't know if we are really rich because we have much more expensive food, living, transportation, etc costs. BUT, we do have a lot of the characteristics of the rich back then. Plenty of food, comfort, security, and retirement taken care of.
(4) The Kingdom of heaven is like a man who found a treasure, with great joy selling everything.
(5) Money gives us a false sense of security. We find more security in having more money as opposed to finding security in God. The more you have the less you are inclined to view yourself as needed.
(6) Are you on fire for God or are you lukewarm?
(7) Francis is concerned that some are lukewarm and will do nothing about it. He is also concerned about those who do not want to be on fire. Content with enough (a little) of God. They have enough of God but not enough money and things.
(8) Lukewarm is "I got enough of God but not enough money and stuff".
(9) Lukewarm = spit out. Not a Christian, casual, not fired up about Jesus.
(10) People ask "does that mean I'm not saved?" Wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. Does that sound like a Christian?
(11) If you get it, you won't be lukewarm, you get on fire for God. This isn't about works salvation. That if I work enough I'm suddenly on fire. But instead it's getting it (wow, you're kidding me, I get to have God!!! I'll give up everything for God).
(12) You shouldn't do anything until you figure out how to be on fire for God. Don't even eat. Ask God, be down on your face. "God get me on fire for you, I need to love you". That should be all you care about. Don't go to work tomorrow if you're lukewarm, first get on fire for God.
(13) Why do you think Francis left the church in June? He wasn't sure about himself. Didn't know if he is a person that wants the will of God. I get sucked into Simi Valley, I get attached to comfort and security.
(14) Don't be one that says "Just because I serve in a lukewarm way and give in a lukewarm way that doesn't mean that I am".
(15) Are you willing to pray?
(1) Show me the areas I am lukewarm in.
(2) Give me strength in the areas where I'm lukewarm.
(3) Do whatever it takes to get me on fire for you.
(16) Which ones of the above quotes did you like the most?
(A6) Were you able to listen to Matthew chapters 5 -7?
(A7) Click here to view the applications and split into groups of 2 and work on saying word perfect from memory Applications 1-2.
(1) Once you're back in the big group have everyone say the applications by memory.
(A8) Overview: As a group, read out loud all of the bible verses in this session (all of the green text). Let God's word sink in.
(B1) Jesus' 2nd Requirement - SERVE ONLY Jesus as master
(B2) This session covers Jesus' 2nd requirement for how to enter heaven.
(B3) Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. (22) On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ (23) But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws."
(1) In v23 who determines who gets into heaven?
(2) Is Jesus showing himself to be God by saying he is the one who determines who goes to heaven?
(3) In v21 who will Jesus allow to enter heaven?
(4) Do you think the people in v22-23 "believed in" Jesus?
(5) Some of the things the people in v22 said might include "I came to church, I lead Bible Studies, I gave money, ..."
(5) In v23 who will Jesus not allow to enter heaven?
(6) From Enduring Word "This warning of Jesus applies to people who say “Lord, Lord,” and yet their spiritual life has nothing to do with their daily life. They go to church, perhaps fulfill some daily religious duties, yet sin against God and man just as any other might." What must impact our daily life?
(7) From ESV Study Bible "An oral confession of Jesus as Lord does not always indicate a repentant heart." What will one have if Jesus is really their Lord? (note: true repentance is similar to making Jesus one's real Lord and Master)
(8) From ESV Study Bible "False disciples may exercise power in Jesus’ name but their activities are meaningless because they deceive themselves and other believers, desiring attention for their own spectacular displays. Mighty works are not proof of the Father’s will since they can come from sources other than God, including demons and human contrivance" Why are mighty works not proof of the Father's will?
(9) From CSB Study Bible "True disciples affirm Jesus’s lordship, submit to his authority, and obey his commands. Jesus insisted that a person is confirmed as a true disciple not by prophecy, exorcism, or working miracles but by living a transformed life made possible by God. The disobedient lifestyles of lawbreakers are inconsistent with genuine discipleship. Jesus’s words, I never knew you, show that these were never truly disciples." What do true disciples affirm? Who enables us to live a transformed life? What is inconsistent with genuine discipleship? Were the people in v22-23 ever true disciples?
(10) Matthew 13:41 "The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil." Who will Jesus have removed from his Kingdom?
(B4) What it means to call Jesus Lord - Mark 8:34-37 "If any of you wants to be my follower, you MUST give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake AND for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?"
(1) In v34 what 3 things MUST we do if we don't want to lose our souls (go to hell)?
(2) In v34 can ANYONE, regardless of what they have done in the past, become a follower of Jesus if they give themselves to doing these 3 things? This is why Jesus’s message is called "Good News". It's available to anyone regardless of what they have done in their past. Session 7 is all about this "Good News".
(3) Do you think that to "Take up our cross" includes us being open about being a Christian even if people will think less of us or persecute us?
(4) What does it mean to "follow me"? Does it include following his example and teachings?
(5) In v35 how are these 3 requirements summarized?
(6) In v35 who and what must we give up our lives for?
(7) "give up your life for ... the sake of the Good News" means the focus our lives must be on making disciples Matthew 28:19 "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations ...". Agree or disagree?
(8) From Believer's Bible Commentary "There is always the temptation to save our life-to live comfortably, to provide for the future, to make one’s own choices, with self as the center of everything. There is no surer way of losing one’s life. Christ calls us to pour out our lives for His sake and the gospel’s, dedicating ourselves to Him spirit, soul, and body. He asks us to spend and be spent in His holy service, laying down our lives, if necessary, for the evangelization of the world. That is what is meant by losing our lives. There is no surer way of saving them." Which sentence impacted you the most?
(9) In v35 what does Jesus say will happen to us if we don’t spend our lives SERVING Jesus and SERVING the spreading of the Good News?
(10) So is this surrender and serving Jesus in Mark 8:34-37 a good summary of what it means to call Jesus Lord in Matthew 7:21?
(B5) What we must do to be Jesus' disciple - Luke 14:25-28, 33 "A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, (26) “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. (27) And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. (28) “But don’t begin until you count the cost. ... (33) So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own."
(1) What must we do if we want to be his disciple in v26? In v27? In v28? In v33?
(B6) The MacArthur Bible Commentary on Luke 14:25-28, 33
(Luke 14:26) "A similar statement in Matthew 10:37 ("Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.") is the key to understanding this difficult command. The “hatred” called for here is actually a lesser love. Jesus was calling His disciples to cultivate such a devotion to Him that their attachment to everything else-including their own lives-would seem like hatred by comparison. What does Jesus mean by hate?
(Luke 14:28) The multitudes were positive but uncommitted. Far from making it easy for them to respond positively, He set the cost of discipleship as high as possible (vv. 26, 27, 33)-and encouraged them to do a careful inventory before declaring their willingness to follow. Cf 9:57-62.
(Luke 14:33) Only those willing to carefully assess the cost (vv. 28-32) and invest all they had in Jesus’ kingdom were worthy to enter. This speaks of something far more than mere abandonment of one’s material possessions; it is an absolute, unconditional surrender. His disciples were permitted to retain no privileges and make no demands. They were to safeguard no cherished sins, treasure no earthly possessions, and cling to no secret self-indulgences. Their commitment to Jesus must be without reservation."
(1) v33 What does it mean to give up everything you own?
(2) The CSB Study Bible "The essence of being a disciple of Christ is unreserved commitment to him. This involves holding loosely the material things of this world." Who is a disciple of Jesus? What must we hold loosely?
(2) Does giving God complete control over what we own (rights, things, money, time, goals, desires, hobbies, TV, internet, sports, etc ...) actually free us from them controlling us and allowing us to experience God's love and care in a much deeper way?
(3) In your own words how would you describe what it means to be a disciple of Jesus?
(B7) No other master - Matthew 6:24 "No one can SERVE two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." NIV
(1) Who must be our one and ONLY master?
(2) What other two words in this verse describe what our attitude towards God must be?
(3) Jude 4 "The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ." Jesus is both our "only ________ and Lord"?
(4) From NIV Zondervan Study Bible "A slave, owned entirely by one master, cannot serve two masters, and both God and money are masters that make all-consuming demands. Money: Greek mamōna (“mammon”) refers to material possessions that have become an idol." What can become an (devastating) idol to us? An idol is anything you serve in the place of God.
(5) From NLT Life Application Study Bible "Their desire for money and what it can buy far outweighs their commitment to God and spiritual matters. Whatever you store up, you will spend much of your time and energy thinking about. ... Can you honestly say that God, and not money, is your master? One test is to ask yourself which one occupies more of your thoughts, time, and efforts." How can we tell if Jesus is really our Lord and Master?
(6) Matthew 6:33 "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Nine verses after Matthew 6:24 Jesus says the key way to serve God and be devoted to him is by doing what two things? What is his incredible promise to us if we truly do them?
(7) If we are hindered in any way from serving Jesus as our ONLY master what must we do with what is hindering us?
(B8) What the Kingdom of Heaven costs - Matthew 13:44 "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field."
(1) What happens to those who are unwilling to sell everything?
(2) Is this "selling everything" a good summary of this verse? Mark 8:34 "If any of you wants to be my follower, you MUST give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me."
(3) From the NLT Life Application Study Bible: "The Kingdom of Heaven is more valuable than anything else we can have, and a person must be willing to give up everything to obtain it." What must we be willing to give up?
(4) A thousand years from now who will be the smart/happy people? Those who gave up everything or those who didn't?
(5) From "Follow Me" by Jan David Hettinga pg. 130 "If you follow Me you will pay a price. The full paycheck comes later when the final form of the kingdom arrives. Until then following Me will be sacrificial. So count the cost now. I'm not looking for fair-weather followers who don't finish what they start. Stark, isn't it? But also clear. Jesus didn't make following Him easy or as attractive as possible. We do that. He made it clear that it would be a life of costly surrender. Salvation is the free gift that costs the recipient everything." What are the four statements Jan makes on what will it cost to follow Jesus? What will the free gift of Salvation cost us?
(B9) Review: In your own words what must we do if we want Jesus to be the Lord of our lives?
(B10) Summary: Don't deceive ourselves that Jesus is our Lord and Master when we are not living to obey and serve Jesus as our Master. Many people may start on the difficult road but then revert back to living for themselves. Check your thought life to see if you are living for yourself or to honor Jesus and spread the Good News. Make Jesus your real master right now. Then you'll be ready when you stand before Jesus.
(B11) Application: Is there any change you can start applying today from some teaching in this session? It might be something to give up or make less of a priority. Write it down so you can remember and do it and discuss how it went next session.
(C1) Assignment for session 4
(1) Memorize only applications 1, 2, and 3 word perfect.
(2) Next Session: Complete session 4. We'll discuss session 4 next time.
(3) Listening to Sermon: Click here to watch or listen to session 4's "Quiet Time" by Jerry Bridges. Having a significant daily Quiet Time will help more than anything to obey and not ignore Jesus' teachings.
(4) Listening to Bible: Using the Bible App listen to Matthew chapters 1-7 this week, it'll only take 30 minutes.
(5) In a few days call and encourage each other on developing these new habits of studying the next session, listening to a sermon, and listening to the Bible. Also pray for each other's requests from this meeting.
(1) Share an update on last week's request.
(2) Share one thing you are thankful for this past week and 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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