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Week 11Matthew 7:13-22 - Narrow and Free

Date: November 18/19

Writer: Beth Leung

Big Idea: Jesus talks about His way being a narrow road. In our modern understanding, this seems restricting, but what if the narrow road was actually freeing? What if you never had to second guess and wonder if you picked the right path? Jesus gives us clarity and that is freeing.


Have you ever been lost?  I have.  As a little girl I got lost on a church trip to San Francisco.  My family counted my identical twin twice and assumed I was with them.  I was standing on the corner of a busy street with three crosswalks before me and hundreds of strangers bustling about.  I didn’t know which way my family had gone.  I tried to guess which crosswalk to take, but was afraid of making the wrong choice.  Only one way would lead to my family, the other two would put even more separation between us.  I couldn’t decide which path to take, tears came to my eyes as I looked around at people passing me by not knowing who I could trust to help me.

The wide and easy path is only easy in theory.  While it appears appealing at first, promising an easy life full of pleasures devoted to pursuing one’s one happiness, this first impression is deceitful. The broad path carries uncertainty, your direction is unclear, and without a standard of truth as a guide what or who can you trust in along the way.

Scripture warns us of false prophets, for they will lead us astray. The broad path has no standard by which to judge ideas, opinions, philosophies, etc. Without Scripture as our gauge, we are susceptible to being led astray by false prophets and trending cultural ideas.

The narrow path appears to be difficult and restrictive.  However, the narrow path is tried and true, when you're on the narrow path, you know where you are headed. When the rest of culture accepts wrong ideas as truth, you find truth by measuring those ideas against Scripture. When a false prophet or leader rises up leading others astray, you are able to continue on the path you know is right and true.

But how do you know if you are on the narrow path? Examine your life for evidence of spiritual fruit. Do you have a personal relationship with God and are you allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life? Spiritual fruit is a natural consequence of walking the narrow path with God.

Readings: Galatians 5:13-25, Matthew 7:13-23

Discussion Questions:

  • How has being on the narrow path (having a personal relationship with God and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life) helped you in making decisions in life?
  • Think of an example in the Bible of people being led astray by a false prophet. What were some of the signs that the leader was a false prophet? What are signs today?
  • What practical examples of spiritual fruit do you see in your life or in the lives of others?
  • Reflect on your life, what evidence do you see of being on the narrow or the wide path?
  • What are some examples of bad fruits? Remember, bad fruits may be displayed in subtle ways.
  • How can traveling the narrow path bring about God's Kingdom in the valley as it is in heaven?

Elementary Focus:

Title:  Narrow & Free

Bottom Line:  Living a godly life means taking the narrow path

Verse: “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to live and only a few find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14

Bed Time: As we approach Thanksgiving, spend some time with you child remembering and being grateful for what God has taught us during the Sermon on the Mount over the past three months.  Before bed, pick one thing you learned and then list two things that you’re thankful for.  Talk about them together and thank God for who He is and how He created us.

Preschool Focus:

Passage:  Matthew 7:13-22; Jesus wants me to follow Him because He is the only way.

Morning Time:  With Thanksgiving this week, spend some time thanking God for all the wonderful things He has given you.  As you follow and listen to God, thank Him for helping you make good choices.

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Series Goals:
+ To live in the Valley as it is in Heaven
+ Have everyone read through the Sermon on the Mount
+ Understand the flow of thought of the sermon on the Mount

+ Come to church and engage with our weekend services
+ Talk about the Sermon using our guided curriculum
+ Put it into practice rhythms that speak to God’s glory in work

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