Day 246: September 3, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 7:13-14
13 Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. How do you think Jesus’ words are received in our society today? Does our culture value narrow choices to do the right thing, or do we prefer a smorgasbord of options? Explain your answer.
  2. From this passage, what is wrong with simply “going with the flow” or “not being any worse than most people”?
  3. Historic Christianity is often vilified in our society because it insists on the necessity of Jesus, and that there aren’t multiple paths to God. How would you describe the “narrow gate”?
  4. Are you walking through the narrow gate and on the difficult road that leads to life? How do you know? What evidence do you see in your life?
  5. Though the road that leads to life can be difficult, what provisions does God give to us to help us along the way (see, for example, Matthew 11:28-30)? What role does the Holy Spirit play in all this?
  6. What are ways that believers can be a counter-cultural influence for good?
  7. In what areas of life are you walking the broad road and looking more like the world? Allow this to be an occasion for repentance. Receive God’s forgiveness and ask for His strength to get on the narrow path.
  8. How is the Lord leading you to be different from the world? Don’t limit your answer to your beliefs. How are you different in your attitude, actions, character, and treatment of others?
  9. Pray that the Lord will help you walk on the difficult road that leads to life. This is done not simply by self-effort or your own righteousness, but by the grace of God (see Ephesians 2:8-10). 

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.