The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our August 11, 2019 message, Broad vs. Narrow. For more from this series, check out Summer on the Mount.
Discussing and Applying the Sermon
Who in your life appears to be on the wide path? Pray for that person, share with your community group and ask them to pray for that person as well, and then come up with one way you can initiate with him/her in the next week for the purpose of having a spiritual conversation and sharing the gospel.
Where are you going to find the good life? As we near the end of our series, Summer on the Mount, Adam Tarnow walks us through Matthew 7:13-20, where Jesus gives us two options—the wide easier road that leads to destruction or the narrow harder path that leads to life. The path you choose matters.
- Jesus says you only get two options for the most important decision you will ever make: Will you or won’t you give your life to Him?
- Jesus gives us a choice, and the path you choose matters. Your direction determines your destination.
- If you are on the wrong path, it doesn’t matter how fast you go or who you are with...you won’t get to where you want to go.
- Don’t buy the lie that you can walk on both paths. Don’t dabble on the wide path. You aren’t Jean Claude Van Damme.
- Jesus cautions against false prophets: they exist and we may be one.
- People who don’t have a relationship with God or right alignment with God are false prophets. If their life and teaching doesn’t line up with the gospel, they are a false prophet.
- False prophets are posers. They are fair weather fans
- Candidly, it’s easier to be a false prophet than a follower of Christ.
- Do you know where it’s really easy to be a poser? A fair weather fan? In church.
- America is largely full of false prophets. 76% of Americans claim to be Christian, but only 9% believe in a biblical worldview.
- Jesus gives a clue you are on the right path: inspect the fruit...real fruit can’t be faked.
- The fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 is not a to-do list.
- Jesus didn’t say by their stems, leaves, sticks, or flowers—all things that grow quickly—you will know them. He said fruit. Fruit grows over time, not overnight.
- Jesus is saying there are two types of people in life. Only two: Wide or narrow road; False or true prophet; Good fruit or bad fruit.
- If you are a follower of Christ—you are on the narrow path—this world is your hell. If you are not a follower of Christ—you are on the wide path—this world is your heaven. It’s not too late to get on the narrow path that leads to life.
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