Matthew 7:12 NIV
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:15-16 NIV
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:19-20 NIV
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Matthew 7:21 NIV
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22-23 NIV
22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Matthew 7:24-25 NIV
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Matthew 7:28-29 NIV
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
This week, read the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5:1-7:29 again. As you read, reflect on the following questions:
• What have I learned about living with Jesus as my King that I didn’t know before?
• What words of Jesus from the sermon have had the biggest impact on my life? Why?
• In what specific ways has Jesus has been forming to be his follower on mission?
We’ve learned in this sermon series, that in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus describes what life is like when he is King. Jesus ends his sermon by calling us to respond. Read Matthew 7:13-14. Why does Jesus describe the gate and road that lead to destruction as “wide?” Why does he describe the gate and road that lead to life as “narrow?” What does Jesus call us to do? What specifically does “entering the narrow gate” look like?
Read Matthew 7:15-20. Jesus warns his disciples about deceptive people who claim to follow him. What does Jesus say is the ultimate test of being a true follower? What does “good fruit” look like in the life of Jesus’ disciples? How should we apply this to our lives today?
Read Matthew 7:21-23. Although we can come under Jesus’ kingship now, we will not experience the fullness of his kingdom until the end of the age. Who does Jesus say will enter the kingdom of heaven at the end? What types of things are not necessarily evidence that he is our king? What is your primary “take away” from Jesus’ warnings to his disciples?
Read Matthew 7:24-27. What are those who hear and practice Jesus’ words like? What happened to the house when the storm came? What specific words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount do you need to practice this week?