This outline is simply my notes from listening to the sermon. It is by
no means an accurate representation of the actual sermon. It is a gist,
and nothing more.
The Broad Way and the Narrow
Introduction: this portion
on the sermon on the mount concentrates on man at the crossroads. There
are two possibilities which we have to choose. Most of the time this passage
is not preached in it's context. Though an application can be made in reference
to salvation, it is not the primary application of it.
I. We all have a choice and the choice here is either
a broad choice or a narrow choice.
Note: Every decision represents a choice for the narrow
way or the broad way
A. Every person must choose the broad way or the narrow
B. Every family must choose the broad way or the narrow
C. Every church must choose the broad way or the narrow
D. Every denomination or fellowship must choose the
broad way or the narrow way
1. Crossroads confront everyone and every entity from time
2. Crossroads are much deeper than any single issue.
3. Crossroads involve many choices made long before the
crossroad manifests itself.
E. Every church will come to a crossroads and must choose
the broad way or the narrow way
1. In missions
2. In soul winning
3. In which translation to use
4. In ecclesiastical separation
5. In worship and praise (so called)
6. In convictions and standards
F. There are two gates that we each must choose
1. You will enter the narrow way by choice and focus only
2. You fall into the broad way which allows plenty of
space for diversity
G. Two crowds are involved.
1. The broad way with many leads to destruction - simply
2. The narrow way with few lead to life - equally easy
II. What Determines your way is the choice you make
Note: You don't start out to choose the broad way but
each choice takes you off course a little further. The natural man has
a tendency to head towards the broad way. There are groups and churches
that once knew life but now are dead. They were destroyed. They did not
die choosing the NARROW WAY!
A. It is not the size of the crowd that gives us the
way we should choose
B. It is not the PAST or choices in the past but rather
the NARROW choices you are making NOW
C. It is not others that determine our way - it is
D. It is not the culture that determines our way
Discipleship is a command to be obeyed. The broad way
is a place of apparent freedom but eventually it will serve to bind the
believer. The narrow way seems confined but the freedom that Christ offers
is true liberty and only found in the narrow way.