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10: Test of True Citizenship in the Kingdom (Mt 7:13-29)
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10: Test of True Citizenship in the Kingdom (Mt 7:13-29)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

As a conclusion to His teachings on the mount, the Lord used three analogies with sharp contrasts to show who will be able to enter and stand firm in God’s kingdom.

B.     Key Verse

            “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” (7:21).

II.    Observation

A.     Outline







B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. General Analysis

1a.      Record the contrasts in this passage.

1b.      What is the purpose of such contrasts?

2.       What key concept lies behind all three analogies?

IV.  Segment Analysis

A.     7:13-14

1a. Define the narrow and wide gates.

1b. How can we find and enter through the narrow gate?

B.     7:15-23

1. What truths can we learn from verses 15 through 23?

2. How can we apply the analogy of tree and fruit to ourselves?

3. What is the meaning of “I never knew you”?

4a. Why did the Lord say that these people “practiced lawlessness” when they have done so much for God?

4b. What can we learn from this about our priorities when serving God?

C.     7:24-27

1. What do the beating of the rain, the flood, and the winds refer to?

2. Why is it so important to put what we have heard into practice?

D.     7:28-29

1. How was Jesus’ teaching authoritative?

E.     Final Thoughts

1. Review the teachings on the mount and list some changes you plan to make in your life.

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