Words From the Mount

Part 5: Put It Into Practice

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In the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes a striking difference between the world and His disciples. Most people go the way of the world and their lives mirror culture. But, Jesus’ disciples follow the narrow way that leads to life. Jesus says that all people are known by their fruit. In your life, do you look more like the world or more like Jesus? Nobody (except Jesus) is perfect. Yet, do people see Christ in our lives and are we growing in our relationship with God? If not, then we must wonder if we are truly Christ-followers. Is Jesus the Lord of your life? This is the most important question for every person. Settle this in your own heart today, and then let’s live as His disciples every day of our life.


Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24

1. The gift of prayer
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. Matthew 7:7-8

  • How often do you pray?
  • God answers every prayer we pray in one of three ways: Yes, No, or Wait.
  • What are you asking God for you in your life today?
  • The goal of prayer is not simply to get what you want but to know God.

2. The danger of cultural Christianity
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. Matthew 7:13-14

  • Being at church doesn’t make you a Christian.
  • Only a relationship with Jesus Christ makes you a Christian.
  • Is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life?

3. The importance of fruit in your life
Thus, by their fruit, you will recognize them. Matthew 7:20

  • None of us are perfect, but there should be spiritual fruit in our lives.
  • The religious leaders memorized more Scripture than all of us. But, they missed Jesus!
  • If there is no fruit in your life, then you should wonder - Am I really a Christ-follower?
  • We serve God not to earn His grace, but because we have received His grace.
  • Is there spiritual fruit in your life?

4. Who or what is the foundation of your life?
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:25

  • Jesus says we only have two options on which to build our life: Rock or Sand.
  • Sand is shifting, but the Rock is solid.
  • The storms come against both houses.

There is only One Rock that lasts for this life and for eternity - Jesus!

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