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Entering the Kingdom of God (Matthew 7:13-23)

Joe Dillon, Interim Pastor, November 10, 2019
Part of the The Radical Teachings of Jesus series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Entering the kingdom of God
Matthew 7:13-23

1. Many are the roads. Vs 13
• False religion
• Self-justifying works
• Denial of the existence of the God.
• Casual belief (the man upstairs) ignoring His Lordship.

2. Narrow is The Gate vs13-14
• No appeal to my ego, pride or self-righteousness.
• Sacrifice and obedience are written above the gate.

3. Beware the wolves of religion. Vs 15
• False kingdoms

4. Test the fruit vs 16-20
• Look like
• Smell like
• Walk like

5. A change of heart. Vs 21-23

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Matthew 7:13-23

13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (KJV)

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