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We will come back to that at the end.D. the one with the big circle should make it. Book: . though some believe he wrote from Syrian Antioch Theme-Matthew’s message is clear: Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.Title: Two Gates Theme: God commands us to chose between two gates. They will both have a ball and will try to through that ball into a circle that is across the room. the King of kings and Lord of lords. Some will probably figure it out. One of the circles is small and the other is very big. Jesus makes this very clear that no lineage or ceremonial rites are required of anyone. Text: Matt 7:13-14 Learning Goal: We/the learner should choose the narrow gate when you come to a fork in the road. Application: The Participant will pray that they will chose the narrow path when they come to a decision that will lead them down the wide path or up the narrow path daily. Propose-To prove to his Jewish readers that Jesus is their Messiah. Tie In: -In previous sections of the Lord’s sermon. 3:29). Tell the to trough. he described the character of those who were the subjects of His kingdom and had laid down the rules by which we must walk. -Instead there is a much straighter gate and narrower way to be united to Christ (Gal. -This was not so popular with the Jews of the day who thought that because they were natural descendants of Abraham they were subjects of the Messiah kingdom. we must pray that we might have the fortitude to choose the narrow gate. Learning Indicators: Knowledge: The participant will list the two main choices in this passage and show the group their findings. Setting-Matthew most likely wrote from Israel. Background: Author-Matthew Audience-Greek-speaking Jews Date-Probably between 60 and 70 A. After that leave them in the dark as to how it goes with the lesson. Hook/Intro: I will ask for two volunteers. Comprehension: The participant will explain the differences between the two choices to the large group.

QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. the other choice is the “wide gate” -This is the path of self-will and self-gratification. but only a living one can swim against it” QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Tie In: -The use of a “gate” is illustrated at the close of the parable of the virgins. and all who do not enter are eternally shut out of the presence of God. -What's the significance of the “gate” or what does a gate do? -A “gate” serves two purposes: it lets in and shuts out. 14:12) Analogy: “A dead fish can float with the stream.-Enter through the narrow gate. QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. -Entering this gate is the only “way” which leads to life. It is “wide” because those in it own no restrictions. (Prov. Gate Number Two: -God gives us a choice. QuickTim and a eª decom pressor are needed to see this picture. It is the easy way of the flesh. The foolish ones lacked the necessary “oil” (the work of the Spirit in the heart) and when they went to the Bridegroom “the door was shut” (Matthew 25:10) just like the gate to those who chose the other gate. -It’s a command -It is not enough to listen to preaching about this “gate” or to study and admire the wisdom of the passage: it must be entered! -The Greek word here for “straight/narrow” signifies that is difficult to past through because of how restraining it is. .

Conclusion: God can do anything (Philippians 4:13).Look/Took: Have the large group split up into small groups and answer these questions then have them send a representative up and write the answer up on the board. . Wide-why is it so inviting? Narrow-Why is it so hard? Now ask for the volunteers to come back up and have the get ready to shoot again. he can even move the small circle so you can make the basket. He will help you run on the narrow path you just have to trust him in all things. The narrow path is hard but remember. Then pray for the group to be able to choose the narrow path when life hands them a choice. QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13. But right before they do move the small circle right in from of the person and talk say.

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