THE SERMONS OF JESUS

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Conclusion (Part One)
You Are What You Do
Matt. 7:13-20

. INTRODUCTION

The following passages can really trouble the Christian. We are so used to a certain view of grace that we have failed to take into account verses which have a sharp edge to them. Milton Cunningham has rightly stated that once a person becomes a Christian, he is forever saved. Why? Because the person who has become a Christian has experienced a new birth (John 3:3, 5). Whereas you can take a life, you can never take away a birth.

That principle is true; yet it is also true that whenever we experience this new birth, we become children of God. Another valid and major NT principle is that children act like their parents. Spiritual children act like their spiritual parents, while physical children act like their physical parents. One of the ways Jesus proved that the Jews were NOT Abraham's children was that they were trying to kill Him, something Abraham would have never done (John 8:39-40).


THE BROAD AND NARROW GATES (7:13-14)

According to verses 13 and 14 how many gates are there? What kind of gates are these?


Through which gate does Jesus command us to enter?


Where does the narrow gate lead to and where does the wide gate lead to?


The few enter through which gate?

The many enter through which gate?


According to Jesus who is that gate (John 10:7)?


How narrow is this way? Correct the following statement attributed to Jesus: "I am A way, A truth, A life; I am one of the ways that a person can come to the Father" (John 14:6).


According to Peter how many names under heaven have been given to men by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12)? What names are those?


The NT took Jesus claims so literally that at the very beginning they called Christianity (1) the truth, (2) Christianity, or (3) the Way (circle one).(Acts 9:2; 22:4; 24:14, 22)

This applies to experiencing Life in the here and now also--not to just eternal life. If you are going to experience life right now, you will experience it only by living in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

According to Jesus the way that leads to eternal life is narrow, not broad. Whereas living a righteous life does not get you into heaven, living a righteous life shows you that Jesus has saved you and is living His life through you. That person is assured of entering the kingdom of heaven. Look back at the Sermon on the Mount. Does the Sermon on the Mount describe the life you're living or the life that is becoming true of you? Are you initiating reconciliation with others? Are you committed to a life of purity rather than of lust? Is your word any good? Is your righteousness hidden or ostentatious? What kind of prayer life do you have? Do you own riches, or do your riches own you? Do you stress about tomorrow, or are you at peace? Your answers to these questions might just help you know whether or not you're on the narrow path leading to life or on the broad path leading to destruction.


A TREE AND ITS FRUIT (7:15-20)

Notice that Jesus has not been speaking in the Sermon on the Mount about salvation by grace through faith. Of course we are saved by grace through faith; however, the Sermon on the Mount has focused on the life that is produced by God's grace. When the Spirit of Jesus comes to live within you, He expects to live His life through you. Grace that does not transform you is not NT grace.

The specific occasion Jesus is referring to is that of false teachers in the church. How do you know which are genuine teachers and which are false? How do I know which teacher is from Jesus and which is not? According to v. 16 we will know these people by their _________________________.

According to v. 16 can you gather grapes from thorn bushes? Can you gather figs from thistles?


In other words, the deeds of the righteous person will be righteous, while the deeds of the unrighteous person will be unrighteous. Once a young lady came to talk to me about some sins she had committed. After she got through, she said: "But that wasn't really me doing those things." Yeah, well then who was doing them? The truth is that it was her doing those things. It is true that we all mess up; however, a valid principle is that YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO. That is the reason God will judge us on the basis of our works. If we are truly Christians, then our works will be Christ-like; if we are not truly Christians, then our works will not be Christ-like.


If I lie, then I am a ..............
If I gossip, then I am a ..............
If I think impure thoughts, then I am ..............
If I am always pursuing wealth, then I am ..............
If I want what everybody else has, then I am ..............
If I am always grasping for power, then I am ..............


According to v. 17 what kind of fruit will a good tree produce and what kind of fruit will be a bad tree produce?


According to v. 19 what will happen to the tree which does not bear good fruit?


According to this passage there seems to be only two kinds of trees, a good fruit-bearing tree and a bad non-fruit-bearing tree. From reality we know that there is really a third kind of tree, a good one which produces grapes as well as thistles. Jesus seems to be admitting just this very idea in John 15. Read John 15:1-7 and write down what Jesus does to His good trees that don't bear enough fruit.