This is the Way

Week 6 – The Way of Wisdom

Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2020

Big Idea

The only proper response to the Sermon on the Mount is to follow the King in the ways of his Kingdom.

Scripture

Matthew 7:13-14 and 21-29, James 1:22-25

Ice Breaker & Opening Thought

  1. What is the difference between knowing a lot of facts about a person and knowing someone personally?
  2. In the final chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is saying that you can’t stumble into his way; someone must enter his way intentionally like a person choosing to turn off the broad interstate onto a narrow, sometimes bumpy road. In what ways is Jesus’ way a more challenging road? How is that related to wisdom?

Bible Discussion

  1. Read Matthew 7:13-14 and 24-29. What stands out to you from these passages? Why?
  2. How would you summarize the point Jesus is making here?
  3. The last verses say, “Jesus taught as one who had authority.” In his day, teachers would often quote a Bible passage and say, “You have heard it was said…,” and then they’d quote many teachers before they would make their point. Jesus said, “You have heard it was said…, but I tell you.” He was essentially saying, “Nevermind how this has been read for a thousand years; I’m telling you how to read and understand it now.” In what ways does Jesus’ teaching here undermine our culture or understanding of life?

Life Application

  1. Jesus says that doing this is like a person building a house on a rock. What practices of Jesus have made a difference in your life or the lives of others?
  2. Which practices seem like they would be the hardest to put into practice in your life?
  3. What practices of Jesus would you like to put into practice over the next year?

Challenge

The challenge of Jesus is “Come, follow me.” He asks us to move beyond hearing his words and knowing facts about him and his teaching to walking with him and following his lead. What step do you need to take today?

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