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September 5, 2020

The Narrow Road

by Dennis Rouse
Matthew 7:13-14 NKJ“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way thatleads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow isthe gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few whofind it.” The road to God is not popular.
Sermon Notes

Matthew 7:13-14 NKJ
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that
leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is
the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who
find it.”

  1. The road to God is not popular.
  2. The road to God is narrow.
  3. The road to God is difficult.
    Matthew 7:15-20 NKJ
    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly
    they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather
    grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree
    bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad
    fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good
    fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will
    know them.”
    Matthew 7:21-23 NKJ
    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of
    heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to
    Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out
    demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I
    will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice
    Matthew 7:24-29 NKJ
    “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken
    him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended,
    the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not
    fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of
    Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on
    the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and
    beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” And so it was, when
    Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His
    teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
    Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJ
    Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon
    you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the
    people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
    Matthew 19:4-6 NKJ
    And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made
    them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this
    reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
    and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but
    one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
    Matthew 19:9 NKJ
    “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality,
    and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is
    divorced commits adultery.”
    John 16:12-13 NKJ
    “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
    However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all
    truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He
    will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
    Romans 1:24-32 NKJ
    Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts,
    to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God
    for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,
    who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile
    passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is
    against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
    burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is
    shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was
    due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God
    gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
    being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness,
    covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evilmindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud,
    boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning,
    untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous
    judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of
    death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

“40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags” by Kevin

  1. How would you make a positive case from Scripture to show that a
    marriage between two persons of the same sex is a blessing to be
  2. What verses would you use to show that a marriage between two persons
    of the same sex can adequately depict Christ and the church?
  3. Do you really believe Jesus would have been okay with homosexual
    behavior between consenting adults in a committed relationship?
  4. Do you believe that passages like 1 Corinthians 6:9 and Revelation 21:8
    teach that sexual immorality can keep you out of heaven?
  5. Do you think it’s ok for a brother and sister to marry? Father and son? A
    man and 3 women or a woman and 2 men? What basis would you use to
    say it’s wrong?
  6. Do you think it’s okay now for gays to force the church to marry them or be
    fined, mocked in media or arrested for civil disobedience?

How should Christians respond?

  1. Jesus told us to prepare for persecution.
    John 15:18-22 NLT
    “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love
    you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the
    world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you
    remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since
    they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had
    listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because
    of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. They would not be guilty
    if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their
    Matthew 5:10-12 NKJ
    “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is
    the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute
    you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be
    exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted
    the prophets who were before you.”
    John 17:14-19 NLT
    “I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do
    not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking
    you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.
    They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your
    truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the
    world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice
    for them so they can be made holy by your truth.”
  2. Jesus told us it’s the truth that sets us free.
    John 1:17 NKJ
    For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through
    Jesus Christ.
    John 4:21-24 NKJ
    Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will
    neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship
    what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the
    Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will
    worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to
    worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit
    and truth.”
    John 8:31-36 NKJ
    Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word,
    you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall
    make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and
    have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be
    made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever
    commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house
    forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you
    shall be free indeed.”
  3. Jesus told us to love people and let God judge sin.
    Matthew 7:1-6 NLT
    “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as
    you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which
    you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when
    you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let
    me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the
    log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then
    you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. Don’t
    waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to
    pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”
    John 12:47-48 NKJ
    “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for
    I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me,
    and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I
    have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
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