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30: The Sermon on the Mount –Part 5

May 14, 2009

Major Text: Matthew 7:7-8:1

Harmony Texts: Matt. 7:7-27     Luke 6:31, 43-49

Outline:

  1. Be Earnest Matt. 7:7-14
  2. Be Discerning Matt. 7:15-20
  3. Be Assured Matt. 7:21-23
  4. Be Wise Matt. 7:24-8:1

Context/Discussion/Comments:

The “one liners” continue with descriptions explaining what Jesus means. He begins with ask, seek, and knock and uses the example of parents wanting to give good gifts to their children. Then He sums up the Law and the Prophets teaching with what we know to be the “Golden Rule”. He concludes this section with a warning that the way to eternal life is through a narrow gate [Him] and not a wide gate.

He continues to warn of false prophets, deceivers. We can recognize them by their fruit, i.e. how their disciples act. Their teaching will produce proud and selfish people whereas Jesus disciples will be humble and selfless. Jesus illustrates His teaching by drawing attention to the difference in fruit between a bad tree and a good tree. There is no cross pollination. The results are consistent with the type of tree.

The warnings continue. Not all who think they qualify to enter the Kingdom of God will do so. Qualification is not based on works but on obedience. Qualification is based on knowing God personally. We have assurance of heaven by knowing God personally through His Son Jesus Christ and then obeying His Word.

He closes this sermon by challenging us to be wise, building our foundation on rock instead of sand. Then when storms come [persecution, calamity] we will remain safe and secure because we have built on the Rock, Jesus Christ,

Lessons/Applications:

1. Live assured. Know God and obey the Word of God, His will.

2. One doesn’t stumble across truth. One must seek it, ask for it, and enter into it. It’s available to all who put forth some effort to find it. It’s not found where the crowds are. It’s found at the narrow gate, Jesus Christ. A watered-down socially acceptable gospel does not attract nor save anyone. In fact it leads to hell.

3. To live in peace and harmony with others, treat them like you want to be treated.

4. Not all teachers are truthful. Observe their disciples. Look for those who are selfless and humble; those who love one another; those who sacrifice for one another; those who speak of a future hope; who know God personally; those who are bound by love instead of rules.

5. Review your motives and determine for whom you are working. We are to be working for a personal Savior and not an impersonal god.

6. Practice and perfect your faith. Anchor it in the Rock, Jesus, as revealed in Scripture, our Authority.

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The Sermon on the Mount –Part 5

Major Text: Matthew 7:7-8:1

Harmony Texts: Matt. 7:7-27 Luke 6:31, 43-49

Outline: I. Be Earnest Matt. 7:7-14

II. Be Discerning Matt. 7:15-20

III. Be Assured Matt. 7:21-23

IV. Be Wise Matt. 7:24-8:1

Context/Discussion/Comments:

The “one liners” continue with descriptions explaining what Jesus means. He begins with ask, seek, and knock and uses the example of parents wanting to give good gifts to their children. Then He sums up the Law and the Prophets teaching with what we know to be the “Golden Rule”. He concludes this section with a warning that the way to eternal life is through a narrow gate [Him] and not a wide gate.

He continues to warn of false prophets, deceivers. We can recognize them by their fruit, i.e. how their disciples act. Their teaching will produce proud and selfish people whereas Jesus disciples will be humble and selfless. Jesus illustrates His teaching by drawing attention to the difference in fruit between a bad tree and a good tree. There is no cross pollination. The results are consistent with the type of tree.

The warnings continue. Not all who think they qualify to enter the Kingdom of God will do so. Qualification is not based on works but on obedience. Qualification is based on knowing God personally. We have assurance of heaven by knowing God personally through His Son Jesus Christ and then obeying His Word.

He closes this sermon by challenging us to be wise, building our foundation on rock instead of sand. Then when storms come [persecution, calamity] we will remain safe and secure because we have built on the Rock, Jesus Christ,

Lessons/Applications:

1. Live assured. Know God and obey the Word of God, His will.

2. One doesn’t stumble across truth. One must seek it, ask for it, and enter into it. It’s available to all who put forth some effort to find it. It’s not found where the crowds are. It’s found at the narrow gate, Jesus Christ. A watered-down socially acceptable gospel does not attract nor save anyone. In fact it leads to hell.

3. To live in peace and harmony with others, treat them like you want to be treated.

4. Not all teachers are truthful. Observe their disciples. Look for those who are selfless and humble; those who love one another; those who sacrifice for one another; those who speak of a future hope; who know God personally; those who are bound by love instead of rules.

5. Review your motives and determine for whom you are working. We are to be working for a personal Savior and not an impersonal god.

6. Practice and perfect your faith. Anchor it in the Rock, Jesus, as revealed in Scripture, our Authority.

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