THE SERMONS OF JESUS

THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Conclusion (Part Two)
Critical That We Respond Positively to the Sermon on the Mount
Matt. 7:21-27

. YOUR ACTIONS, NOT WORDS, INDICATE YOUR STATUS WITH JESUS (Matt. 7:21-23)

One of the most popular verses relating to salvation in the Bible is Rom. 10:9 "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as 'Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved." Confessing Jesus as Lord of your life is critical for a person to be saved. According to Matt. 7:21 is confessing Jesus as Lord enough for a person to be saved?


According to Matt. 7:21 in addition to calling Jesus "Lord," what else should we do?


According to verse 22 why will many people be surprised on Judgment Day to discover that they are not saved? That is, what were they doing that convinced them that they were saved, when in fact they were not saved?


What are some things we do which we believe indicate that we are saved and yet which might not necessarily prove that we are saved?



What will Jesus' response be to these people (7:23)?



VITALLY NECESSARY WE RESPOND POSITIVELY TO JESUS' WORDS (Matt. 7:24-27)

Jesus will relay a parable in order to show us how important it is that we respond positively to His word. According to Jesus how many types of ground are there we can build on? What are the kinds of ground we can build on?


Once more notice that there are only 2 types of ground we can build on, the sandy ground or the hard rock. There is not a third type of ground. Jesus is very cut and dry in the Sermon on the Mount. It is either/or, not both/and like most of us want. We don't build on both the rock and on the sandy ground. We build on one of the either.

Notice also that we are all building a house. Some people, even Christians, act like if they don't respond either negatively or positively, then they're not a part of the system, that none of this will apply to them. The fact though is that whether they like it or not, it does apply to them. They are building a house whether they like it or not.

Jesus says that if do build our lives upon His word, then we are building our houses upon what kind of ground?


What will happen to that house whenever the floods come?


Notice once more that the floods come. We have no control over that. Simply because you don't want to build that house doesn't mean you're not building one. You are. Simply because you don't want floods to come doesn't mean they won't come. They do come, especially the floods of judgment.

Now Jesus is not simply making up this kind of scenario. In Israel are numerous dry riverbeds called wadis. These wadis are dry in the summer and yet become raging rivers in the wintertime, the wet season. It really is critical what kind of ground you build your house upon if you want that house to survive.

The man who hears Jesus' word and yet does not obey it builds his house upon what kind of ground? What happens to that house when the floods come?


What do you think the floods refer to in these verses?


Jesus says that our eternal destiny and present joy depend upon a positive response to His words. Stop for a minute and think about the context. What words do you think He is speaking about here?


The words He's just been speaking are those teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. To be sure Jesus' words include the entire Bible; however, in this context Jesus is referring to the Sermon on the Mount. Look at the table below and meditate for a little while on how well you think you are responding to Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. Then fill in the empty spaces under the heading Your Response.


Jesus' Teachings in the Sermon on the Mount
Your Response
Do I reconcile with those I am in a hostile relationship with? .
Do I try to maintain a pure mind? .
Do I keep my word? .
Do I show love to my enemies? .
Do I practice righteousness in such a way to receive honor only from Jesus? .
Am I laying up treasure for myself on earth or in heaven? .
Am I serving 2 masters, or am I just serving Jesus? .
Do I stress out over things in my life: health, money, career, fame? .
Am I judgmental towards others? .
Am I bearing good fruit? .