The Narrow Path- Series Introduction

The Narrow Path- Week 1 Life Group Questions

Matthew 7:13-14 “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.”

It’s easier to go along with the crowd. Jesus exemplifies walking the narrow road and entering the narrow gate. When you walk the wide path you aren’t criticized, the masses will approve, and you can blend in. There is safety in numbers on the wide path but to take the narrow road can be lonely and can invite criticism. Following Spirit will always include times of stepping out into the personal journey and taking action that disrupts the crowd on the wide path.

  1. Can you think of a time when you had to take a step in your life that you knew was right even though people around you didn’t approve?

  2. What keeps you going down a path you know is right when there is resistance?

  3. Is there anything currently happening in your life where you feel resistance and you are struggling with a decision?

Option on going deeper in scripture:

In Matthew Jesus begins his ministry by getting baptized, then being tempted in the desert, then calling his disciples, then healing sick people, then giving the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. This passage is at the end of the Sermon on the Mount and is making the sermons final points. He closes with the narrow gates, true and false prophets and disciples, and building your house on a rock. Why do you think Jesus is making this point near the end of the Sermon? Jesus is a master teacher in the Jewish tradition. So why is this the setup for the conclusion of the sermon?

Joel shared this video this week. The audio is in the sermon but you can watch it here.