Saturday, April 05, 2008

Matthew 7:13-26

I promised I would tell you how the lesson on Matthew 7:13-26 went last Sunday. As expected, it got mixed reviews. Here are a few of the comments that were said:

"That was unlike anything I had ever heard before."

"I'm more into the new age stuff."

"Thanks for that."

"I've never heard something like that before."

and my favorite: "I don't think that message is welcomed by most. We should try to reach people like they do in California. You know, like messages by Rob Bell."


WayneDawg said...

Tony - would you be willing to share the notes on that lesson?


Chisso said...

I am happy to see somebody who is faithfully preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the dying world. The message of Matthew 7, verse 13 to 26, is the main that I used against people who claim themselves to be Christian, going to church, participate in church program, and they are as lost as they can be. May the Lord use the words that was preached and open up their blind eye so they might see and get saved. Unto Him, be all the glory and honour.

For The People said...

Tony. Have you looked at Romans 13 lately? I believe that it ordains (so to Speak) Police Officers (Centurions). What do you think? As you can tell, I am new at this.

Travis Yates said...

Thanks for bringing that up. I've seen Romans 13 taped to many of patrol car dashes. While the passage speaks about soldiers, there is some application to peace officers today. While God ordained human government and demands submission to it, scripture does provide an exception...When obedience to civil authority requires disobedience to God's Word (Acts 4:19. Ex. 1:17). In verse 2, when it speaks about judgement it is not speaking about the judgement God has for all of us when we die. It is speaking about the judgement we would face from the government.

Knowing this scripture, our police officers should be extremely careful and sensitive as they carry out their duties. They are in a sense carrying out the duties as an enforcer of the government that God speaks about. That is an incredible responsibility and one that would be difficult to carry out unless the officer has repented (turned from) from their sin and following the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior.

None of us can be saved from an eternity in Hell by our position or our good deeds. We must fall at the feet of Jesus and admit we are sinners, repent of our sin and trust in Jesus Christ the rest of our life. If we do that, not only will Jesus save us and promise us an eternity with Him in Heaven but I have to think that our job as a peace officer changes forever. We have incredible opportunities every day to share our faith with many un-believers.

Thank you for your comment and for reading. You mentioned that you were new to this. I'd love to send you some resources to help you. I would also recommend John MacArthur's Study Bible. E-mail me at with your address and I will send you some resources that will help.