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THE SMALL GATE

 

Matthew 7:12-14

 

August 6th 2017

 

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Intro: there are three main subjects in our text today and yet they all tie together.

 

 

 

I. The Golden Rule. (12)

 

A. To obey this rule is to obey the commandments (the Law and Prophets).

 

1. Many strain and labor under the OT law. Rom.3:20, Mt.19:21-22

 

2. Jesus simplified the law for us. Mt.22:39, Rom.13:8-10, Gal.5:14, Matt.5:17

 

B. To be under the law is to place yourself under the curse. Gal.3:10,13, Rom.8:1-4

 

C. This rule separates those on the board way for those on the narrow way.

 

1. Those on the board way are those who try to win God’s favor by keeping the law. Judaizers

 

2. Those on the narrow way, by grace allow Christ to live His life through us. Gal.2:20

 

D.  Jesus demonstrated this kind of love. Rom.5:8

 

 

 

II. The wide gate and board way.  (13)  Is.5:20-21

 

A. It’s easier, many doors open automatically. 1Pet.5:8

 

1. It’s easier to go with the crowd. Matt.27:22-23

 

2. It’s easier to justify yourself as better. Hypocrites – Mt.6:5, Mt 23:15

 

B. Wide entrance means easy entrance. Rom.5:12

 

C. The end result is an eternity in hell. Rev.20:14-15

 

 

 

III. The small gate and narrow way. (14) Luke 13:3

 

A. Only one at time and only one gate, only by invitation. Jn.14:6, Jn.6:44

 

B. It is the way of grace. Eph.2:8-9, Gal.5:4, 8, 1Thess.5:23-24, Phil.1:6

 

C. You will never be a part of the majority. Luke 13:23-24, Matt.22:14

 

 

 

Con. The small gate is the way of grace. If you do not accept that God’s grace as sufficient for your salvation you will not enter in on the narrow way. Gal.5:4 Many will never understand God’s grace, that Jesus paid it all, that His blood is sufficient to cleanse from all sin. Those who do will not seek to keep the law but rest in the fact that Jesus has kept it for them.

 

JUSTIFICATION

 

Romans  8:1-8

 

July 30th 2017

 

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Intro – To justify means to prove to be right, to make something or someone right. Biblical when we speak of justification it is the act of God making us right in His sight. Considering this subject there are three questions we need to consider.

 

 

 

I. Do agree with what God says about us?

 

A. Many think they do. Luke 18:10-14

 

B. God determines who we are and what we should be. Rom.5:12

 

1. Be holy – 1 Peter 1:13-16

 

2. Don’t sin – Romans 6:12, Matt.5:20, James 2:10

 

C. God demands perfection. Matt.5:48

 

 

 

II. Do you recognize your imperfections?

 

A. Some don’t, Jesus tries to help them see sin. Matt.5:22, 28, 44

 

B. We are all sinners. Rom.3:10, 23, 1Jn.1:8

 

C. Your own heart can deceive you. Jer.17:9, Ps.139:23

 

 

 

III. Do you know how to fix the problem?

 

A. No sin can enter heaven. Rev.21:27

 

B. You cannot work away your sin. Is.64:6

 

C. You must believe. 2Cor.5:21, Col.2:10

 

D. You must just receive the free gift of forgiveness. Rom.6:23, 1Jn.1:9, Rom.10:13

 

 

 

Con. Many go into eternity lost and doomed for hell because they never took the final step of faith. Thy never received the forgiveness that Jesus offers.  Don’t be one of those who refuse to repent and believe.

 

 

THE INVITATION AND THE CALL

 

John 1:35-51

 

July 16th, 2017

 

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Intro – We can learn much from the work of Jesus in calling His disciples which is what He was doing in our text today.

 

 

 

I. Notice how John points others to Christ. (36)

 

A. This was the second time that John refers to Jesus as “the Lamb of God”. Lev.5:6

 

B. John wanted them to follow Christ, not him. Jn.3:30

 

C. John knew only Jesus could forgive their sins. Jn.1:29, 1Jn.1:7, Lk.13:28, Rev.19:10,15, Lk.12:5

 

 

 

II. We are invited to “come and see”. (39, 46)

 

A. Jesus personally invites us. Mt.11:28, Jn.7:37, Jn.5:39-40

 

B. Others invite us. Jn.4:29

 

C. Our personal testimony says to others, come and see Who I have found.

 

1. The Messiah –“anointed One” – Redeemer.  Gal.3:13, 1Pet 1:18-19, Titus 2:14, Job 19:25

 

2. Salvation – Lk.2:29-30, Acts 4:12

 

3. Peace – 2Tim.1:12, Jn.14:27, Rom.5:1, Rom.15:13

 

 

 

III. We are called to follow. (37, 43)

 

A. Learn then act.  Matt.11:29, 1Pet.2:21

 

B. To follow means to commit your life to Christ. Matt.16:24

 

C. If you are committed to Christ you will encourage others to come along. Acts 1:8

 

D. Spiritual growth is directly related how committed you are to Christ. Part time Christians are lukewarm Christians. Rev.3:16

 

 

 

Con. What have you done with His call to follow?

 

 

ABRAHAM’S HERITAGE

 

Genesis 25:7-11

 

July 23rd 2017

 

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Intro – We can learn several things from Abraham’s death.  I think every person wants to leave this world having had a positive influence on those who they leave behind.  Abraham did that, he showed the difference faith can make.

 

 

 

I. He died in peace. Gen.15:15

 

A. A Christian has inner peace at the time of his/her death. Lk.2:14, Lk.2:29, Jn.14:27, Lk.19:42, Ps.29:11

 

B. It is possible to have a false peace. Jer.6:14, Is.57:21,

 

C. A Christian’s peace is based on faith in Jesus Christ. Rom.5:1, Is.26:3, Phil.4:7, Col.3:15, 2Thess.3:16

 

 

 

II. He died “satisfied”. (8)

 

A. A promise fulfilled by God. Ps.107:8-9, Mt.5:6, Prov.19:23, Phil.4:11, Heb.13:5

 

B. Unbelievers will never be satisfied. Prov.27:20, Is.57:20, Lk.12:17-20

 

 

 

III. He died in faith. Heb.11:13

 

A. Believers are those who look forward to heaven. Col.3:1-4, 2Tim.4:8

 

B. He was not interested in remaining where he was. Heb.11:16, Phil.1:21

 

C. We also look forward to a better place. Jn.14:1-3

 

 

 

Con. How will you leave this world? What kind of heritage will you leave behind? Will you let your faith in the promises of God produce peace and satisfaction that others will be able to see

 

 

COME TO YOUR SENSES

Luke 15:11-24

July 2nd 2017

 

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Intro – When Jesus taught through parables it is important we understand what the things or people in the parable represent. The Father = God, the house = a place of worship and the sons = people in that place of worship.

 

 

I. The Fathers house is like a place of worship.

 

A. It is not the invisible church which is made up of only believers. Col.1:18

B. But a physical church where people come on Sunday, they may be believers or unbelievers. Matt.13:38

 

II. The two sons represent 2 kinds of unbelievers.

A. The first son was, by human standards, a good son. He obeyed his Father’s commands.

1. Outwardly they appear to be Christians.  Mt.23:27-28

2. Inwardly their hearts are not right before God. Lk.18:11

 

            “they have alienated themselves from the church and even from their family; they are sure that     everyone else is wrong and they alone are right”  Wiersbe


B. The second son was an obvious sinner. “Loose living” 1Cor.6:9-10
            1. Outwardly, he took part in all the evil things of the world. Gal.5:19-21
            2. Inwardly he was in bondage to sin. Rom.7:14

 

III. They had 2 different reactions to the Father.

A. The second son was repentant and grateful the Father would take him back. Acts 3:19

B.  The first son was angry and jealous that the Father would show mercy and grace to the second son. Mt.13:15

C. Which son represents you? Have you come to your senses? Mt.11:28, Rom.5:1,

 

Con. Where would you fit in to this parable? Have you come to the Father through faith in Jesus? Have you repented of sin and come  into fellowship with God?

 

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