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Summary: There are many advertised "roads" to heaven, but only one leads to life.

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The Narrow Road

of Life

Matthew 7:13-23

May 22, 2005

Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)

"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 the easy way. [14] But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.

The Choice of Two Roads

 The wide road

• The way of the secular world

• Runs contrary to Biblical values

• Leads to destruction

 Here and now

• Broken relationships

• Inner turmoil

 Eternal – Romans 1:18

Romans 1:18 (NLT)

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves.

The Choice of Two Roads

 The wide road

• The way of the secular road

• Runs contrary to Biblical values

• Leads to destruction

 The narrow road

• Accessed only through the narrow gate – John 10:7, 9

John 10:7, 9 (NLT)

so he explained it to them. "I assure you, I am the gate for the sheep," he said.

Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. Wherever they go, they will find green pastures.

The Choice of Two Roads

 The wide road

• The way of the secular road

• Runs contrary to Biblical values

• Leads to destruction

 The narrow road

• Accessed only through the narrow gate

• Only one way to live eternally with God

• Many will choose to go their own way

Matthew 7:15-16 (NLT)

"Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart. [16] You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You don’t pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles.

Hazards and Roadblocks

 False teachers

• Teach what people want to hear

• Claim to speak God’s message

• Sound religious, but have ulterior motivations

 Recognizing the false teacher

• Christ is minimized and the teacher is exalted

• Motivated by money, fame or power

• Does the fruit bring glory to God?

Matthew 7:17-20 (NLT)

A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit. [18] A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. [19] So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. [20] Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.

Inspecting the Fruit

 The fruit of a persons life reflects what is on the inside

• A spirit filled life produces spiritual fruit – Galatians 5:22-23

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.

Inspecting the Fruit

 The fruit of a persons life reflects what is on the inside

• A spirit filled life produces spiritual fruit – Galatians 5:22-23

 Those who do not produce spiritual fruit face the wrath and judgment of God

 What kind of fruit are you producing?

 Are you evaluating the fruit of others?


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