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Matthew 7:13-14

The Sermon on the Mount

The Road Less Travelled

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 17th December 2017

Text: Matthew 7:13,14

 

  • In the last 15 verses Jesus issues a call to make the right choice.
  • Verses 13-14 deals with a choice between two roads.
  • The road that Jesus recommends is characterised by four things:

 

  1. It Begins with the Strait Gate (v.13)
  • It is inconvenient to squeeze through it.
  • One can easily go through the wide gate with extra baggage.
  • The strait gate is safe but requires the denial of self.
  • Salvation is free, but discipleship is costly (Luke 9:23,24).

 

  1. It Is the Less Attractive Road (v.14a)
  • The word ‘narrow’ implies intense pressure and distress.
  • The broad way allows far more latitude than is good for us.
  • The narrow way may be hard to travel but it refines us.

 

  1. It Is Trodden by the Smaller Crowd (v.14c)
  • Many choose the broad way because of the multitudes.
  • The majority can sometimes be wrong (e.g. Numbers 14).
  • The narrow way is the right way even though it is unpopular.
  • But Jesus walks with us through it (cf. Psalm 23:4).

 

  1. It Ends at Our Desired Destination (v.14b)
  • The destination should determine the road you choose, not the condition of the road.
  • But most people choose the road that gives short-term gains.
  • We need the long-sighted vision that faith gives.
    (cf. Hebrews 11:8,13,24,25; 12:1,2; Philippians 3:13-14)

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

  1. How do you help someone who has a strong sense of entitlement?
  2. How can you avoid getting caught up in the ‘herd mentality’?
  3. How can you resist the urge of instant gratification in order to receive better rewards in the far distant future?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

January 7 & 14 - The Power of Faith

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22