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1 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV) [13] "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. [14] Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

2 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, Genesis 2:16,17 Deuteronomy 30:19 Joshua 24:15 Jeremiah 6:16 Matthew 6:24 Romans 6:16-23 Revelation 22:14-17 The way of truth, trust, submission, and obedience The way of error, rejection, insubordination and rebellion.

3 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, The End Narrow Wide Entrance Difficult Broad The Way Travelers Few Most

4 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3,  The way that leads to life cannot be determined by what seems right – Prov 14:12  The way that leads to life cannot be determined by man apart from God’s revealed truth! – Jer. 10:23

5 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3,  Not because of limited availability – John 3:16; Titus 2:11,12; 1 John 2:1,2; Mat 11:28-30; Rev. 22:17  Not because men have been individually predestined – 1 Tim 2:3-6; 2 Peter 3:9; Acts 10:34,35  Not because of secrecy – Mark 16:15,16; Mat 28:18,19; Col. 1:23; John 6:44,45; Acts 2:38; Eph 3:3-5

6 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, “Prejudgment without due examination”  Closes ones mind to the truth – Mat 15:7-9; 2 Tim 4:3,4  Makes men dishonest – Mat 28:11-15; 1 Cor. 3:18; Gal 6:3  Causes disrespect, anger and mockery – Acts 7:57; 13:43-46; 22:22  Crucified the Christ – John 6:15; 18:36; Mat 27:19-25;

7 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, “Present Day Examples”  Refusing to leave the religion of parents, (Jews, idolaters, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants...)  The belief that “it doesn’t matter what one believes” - (John 8:32; 2 John 9)  Prejudice against the church - (Plan of salvation, Instruments, One church, etc)  Brethren – “preacheritis; party-spirit...”

8 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3,  “The church says...” Acts 20:27-32; 2 Thes. 2:4  “The reformers taught...” James 2:24; 1 John  “My parents are...” – Mat 10:37; Luke 14:26  “But my preacher said...” 2 Pet 2:1-3; 2 Cor. 11:13-15;  “The Spirit revealed it to him / me...” - 1 John 4:1; Gal 1:6-9; John 16:13; 1 Cor. 13:8-13; Eph 3:3-5  “I feel...” – Prov. 14:12; Jer. 10:23; Rom 10:17; Acts 17:11  “The majority...” – Exodus 23:2; Mat 27:24-26

9 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3,  “Some do not want to give up sin...” - 2 Pet. 2:14; 1 John 2:15-17  “Some love pleasure more than God...” - 2 Tim 3:4  “Many have divided interest...” – Mat 6:24,33; James 4:4; 2 Tim 4:10  “One CANNOT enter the straight gate and travel the narrow way with the world on his back...” Mat 19:22

10 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3,  Some refuse to submit to the authority of Christ... – Col. 3:17; 2 John 9  Too many want to “have it their way” – Jeremiah 6:16; 18:12; Judges 21:25; Mt 15:9  “Refusing baptism...” – Luke 7:29,30; Mat 28:19; Mark 16:16; Act 10:47,48  “Rejecting the New Testament Pattern of doctrine, the work of the church & worship...” – 2 Tim 1:13; 2 Cor. 5:7

11 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3,  “The apostles were sent into the world to preach the gospel to every creature...” – Mat 28:18-20; Mark 16:15,16; Col. 1:23  “The early disciples were zealous in teaching the gospel...” – Acts 8:4; 1 Thes 1:7,8  What if we refuse to show the way of eternal life to others? – Ezekiel 33:6; Acts 18:6; 20:26,27

12 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, FNot because the way is not available to them... FBecause they are blinded by prejudice, FBecause they follow the wrong standard, FBecause they love the world, FBecause WE failed to show them the way!!

13 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, The way of truth, trust, submission, and obedience The way of error, rejection, insubordination and rebellion. Choose Life TODAY!!

14 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) “... choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

15 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, Mark 16:16 (NKJV) 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

16 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, Acts 2:38 (NKJV) 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

17 Don McClainW. 65th St church of Christ - December 3, Hebrews 5:8,9 (NKJV) 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

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