Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/30/2015

Sunday’s message from The Sermon on the Mount series was called Genuine Christianity, taken from Matthew 7:13-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Genuine Christianity begins with a true conversion (13-14)
      – two gates leading to two different roads
   A. “Enter through the narrow gate.” (John 10:9, 14:6)
   B. The wide road leads to destruction – many find it (Proverbs 14:12)
   C. The narrow road leads to life – few find it (Luke 13:23-24)

II. Genuine Christianity produces a fruitful life (15-20)
      – two trees producing two different kinds of fruit
   A. “Watch out for false prophets.” (Jeremiah 23:21-22)
      1) They are dangerous and deceptive
      2) You will recognize them by their fruit
   B. Every good tree bears good fruit:
      – obedience to Christ and his words
   C. A bad tree bears bad fruit:
      – cut down and thrown into the fire (cf. Matthew 3:10)

III. Genuine Christianity ends with a favorable judgment (21-23)
      – two professions resulting in two different destinies
   A. The person who professes faith in Christ and does the will of Jesus’ Father will enter the kingdom of heaven. (John 6:28-29)
   B. The person who professes faith but does not actually follow Christ will be turned away by Christ himself. (John 5:22)
      1) your words will not save you on that day (Romans 10:9)
      2) your deeds will not save you on that day (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
   C. “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (John 10:14)
      – not genuine Christianity because no real relationship with Christ

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