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Sermon Notes – Matthew 7:13-23

Sermon Notes – Matthew 7:13-23

SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Scripture: Matthew 7:13-23

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: November 26, 2023

 

SERMON OUTLINE

 

MAIN POINT:

  • You need to make a decision. Sometimes this decision will be difficult, and some people will even try to deceive you, but trust Jesus and obey His Word.
    • Deuteronomy 30:19
    • Joshua, 24:15
    • 1 King 18:21
    • Jeremiah 21:8

 

3 PRACTICAL POINTS:

  1. There is only one door and one road that leads to eternal life, and that is Jesus. Trust and keep trusting Him!
    • Matthew 7:13-14
      • John 10:9 (NIV)
      • John 14:6
      • Acts 4:12

 

  1. Beware of false teachers and do not be deceived by them. Exercise discernment!
    • Matthew 7:15-20

 

 

  1. Our obedience to God’s Word shows that we are God’s children. Obey your good Heavenly Father! 
    • Matthew 7:21-23
      • Romans 10:9
      • 1 Corinthians 12:3
      • Philippians 2:11

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

LEADER’S NOTES:

  1. The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  2. There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  3. Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

READ MATTHEW 7:13-23

13 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

 

15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

 

21 Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? 23 And then will I declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.

 

  1. In your own words, how would you describe the difference between what it means to enter through the wide gate, versus the narrow gate?
    • Why do you think it’s so “easy” to enter the wide gate?
    • What challenges do you face in trying to stay on the narrow path?
    • What have you found to be most helpful in staying on this path?

 

  1. In verses 15-20, Jesus warns about false prophets. How can we develop and strengthen our own discernment to distinguish true from false teachers?

 

  1. In what ways can someone appear outwardly righteous but be inwardly corrupt (a wolf in sheep’s clothing)? How does this relate to the illustration of a tree and its fruit?

 

  1. This passage is primarily about discerning false teachers. But how might a passage like this encourage us to examine the fruit in our own lives?
    • How does the metaphor of a tree and its fruit help to teach us how to remedy any inconsistencies we experience in our walk?
    • How might you encourage someone who sees that their fruit does not align with their profession?

 

  1. Verses 22-23 talk about people who think they know Jesus but are rejected by Him.
    • What clues does this passage give us about the source of their self-deception?
    • What are some modern examples of this kind of self-deception?
    • How can we guard against self-deception in our spiritual lives?

 

  1. What practical steps can you take this week to walk more firmly on the narrow path and produce good fruit?