31 January 2021
True repentance and the judgement of God – Matthew 7:13-23
A. Watch the wolves
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them.
1. Who are the false prophets in today’s church?
2. Why are they so destructive?
B. Check the fruit
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
3. How does the practise of waiting and watching for fruit help you with the practise of discernment in (a) Spiritual matters, (b) Personal matters (c) Professional matters?
4. What fruit do you see from faithful prophets?
5. What fruit do you see from false prophets?
C. Note God’s judgement
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
6. Are the claims made in v22 actually true?
7. Does this mean that it is possible for someone to carry out supernatural works in the name of Christ, without actually being a believer?
8. What is so sobering about the verdict of v23?
D. Make the choice
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
9. Why is it so easy to go through the wide gate?
10. Why is it so hard to go through the narrow gate?
11. How do we try to counter people’s spiritual complacency?