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The Wise Builder (21 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
April 5, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we looked at the Lord's comments concerning the strait gate or the narrow way that leads to heaven. The narrow way speaks of salvation in Christ. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). In another passage He declared, I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture (John 10:9).
In (vv. 13-22), the Lord contrasts the narrow way to heaven with the broad way that leads to destruction. The reason few enter through the narrow gate is because Satan deceives them. He deceives them with false religion and human effort. Unfortunately, most will enter the wide gate and choose the path that leads to destruction.
In our lesson this evening, the Lord concludes His lengthy sermon with an admonition and a warning to heed His Words. From chapter five all the way through chapter seven, He spoke on a variety of subjects; now it's time for them to put into practice everything they've just heard. We are reminded of James 1:22; But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
In the remaining verses (vv. 24-29), the Lord uses a parable to convey the importance of building one's life on the truth of God's Word. Some are wise builders and some are not. So, with that background let's look at a couple of things:
I. The Wise Builder
II. The Foolish Builder
I. THE WISE BUILDER
A. He follows instructions (vs. 24a)
1. Luke 11:28, But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
2. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus had talked about pride, prayer, money, faith--He discussed a wide variety of subjects; now it was time to put into practice everything they had heard. They were to establish their lives upon the truth of His ...
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