Date: September 17, 2017 (Worship Service)
Bible Text: Matthew 7:21-23 | Pastor Scott LaPierre
Series: Am I Saved? Seven Tests to Know!
Matthew 7:21-23—Kept Out of Heaven
Lesson 1: Even ______________________ __________ won’t get you into heaven (Matt 7:21-22; Rom 10:1-3; 1 John 2:9; Eph 2:8-9).
Lesson 2: The question is: “Does the Lord ________ ______?” (Matt 7:23a cf. Gal 4:9).
Lesson 3: Lack of ____________________ keeps you out of heaven (Matt 7:23b; 2 Tim 2:19).
Lesson 4: ______________ ________________ to see whether you are in the faith (2 Cor 13:5; 1 Pet 1:6-9).
First Five Tests:
- Have I experienced godly sorrow that produces repentance?
- Has my repentance produced fruit?
- Has my faith persevered through trials?
- Is my life characterized by obedience?
- Do I practice sinning?
Family Worship Guide
Memory Verses: Acts 4:11-12
Day 1: Read Matthew 7:21-23 & discuss: What reveals the ‘sincerity’ of those standing before Christ in verses 21 & 22? Why do you think (ie what is implied in Scripture) people will urgently try to convince Jesus that they are true Christians? What does this reveal about them - that is - what are they counting on as the reason they think they are saved?
Day 2: Read Matthew 7:21-23 & discuss: Are works important? Why? Why not? What other Scripture can you bring to bear on this question? What is salvation based on - works or something else? Whose works do matter in regards to our salvation?
Day 3: Read Matthew 7:21-23 & discuss: What can keep you out of heaven? Why is repentance hard? What does a lack of repentance reveal about a person? In which one of five tests of salvation mentioned at the end of the sermon do you most desire to grow?
An Unreached People Group: Kababish (Muslim, Sudan)