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We are Missionaries Here: The Current Condition
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
“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. 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?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Questions for Reflection
- Pastor Ryan preached on the Seron on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. He said that the current condition of the church in America is influenced negatively by Christians living unfaithfully. Do you think this is true? Do we faithfully live out the sermon? What are we better at? What are we worse at?
- We're in a mini-series about being missionaries where we live. Is the Sermon on the Mount a good mission strategy? Do you think the world and those that are lost would be attracted to Christ if we lived this way?
- If "evangelizing" literally means "bringing good news", does it matter how we deliver the news when we evangelize? Does our behavior and actions have an influence on our evangelism? What about our private lives? What is it that "turns the world off" to our Good News?