28 January 2024 (am) – Matthew 7:24-29
|Andy Bruins preaching from Matthew on Sunday 28th January 2024.
The Sermon on the Mount began with a series of “Kingdom norms” – the characteristics of those to whom citizenship of God’s Kingdom belongs. Jesus then tells His audience that if they are to be salt and light, their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees! And He continues by outlining a variety of ways in which that ought to be so.
Now, in chapter 7, having presented us with a series of critical warnings (warnings about entering through the right gate, watching out for wolves and ensuring we are not self-deceived with regards to our relationship with Him) Jesus cuts to the chase and closes His sermon with a parable, the story of the wise and foolish builders.
Q What are some of the biggest decisions that we have to make in life? What makes these decisions so important?
Q Read the parable in v24-27. What is the “therefore” there for?! What is the choice that this parable presents us with?
Q What does the wise man build on? What is this a picture of? (make sure you read v24 carefully) How is the foolish man different?
Q What do the rain, flood and winds represent? What affects do the have on the houses?
Q How does Jesus tell us that we can avoid the “great crash” in v27? Is Jesus saying we must be perfect to be saved when the storm hits (see 5:48)? What if we are not? Compare Matthew 5:2-10 with Psalm 2:12.