The Narrow Path- Gates and Roads

Gates and Roads- 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.

Jesus flips something unexpected in this passage. People would have thought of traveling on a road to get to a gated place. Gates are for keeping danger out and roads lead out from that safe place to other places. Jesus says to go through the narrow gate and take the narrow road. We are often staying behind the gates of the ways we know how to live and the familiar patterns of behavior. It can be hard to exit the small gate and take the small road but God is found in the going out of the gated place.

  1. We have a tendency to want to “understand first and do second.” Discipleship is do what God is saying first and understand later. Have you ever experienced taking a step you knew was right but didn’t understand it at the time but in hindsight you see God in it?

  2. What are some of your most helpful spiritual practices? What keeps you on the narrow road of life and what tends to pull you off?

  3. What has your spiritual journey shown you that will allow you to be a tour guide to another who is trying to figure it out?

  4. Sometimes leaving the gated place is a big life direction change… moving to a new location, changing jobs, breaking away from unhealthy relationships. Some are more subtle internal patterns of behavior. What is one area of life you are being called to take a new road?

Going deeper with scripture: Right before this verse is the section on “Ask, Seek, and Knock” in Matthew 7:7-12. In this famous passage on persistence there is a bridge from the rest of the sermon on the mount to the conclusion section starting with the gates and roads passage. Why do you think it is positioned there and how can that help us understand what is going on in the rest of this passage? How does the “golden rule” at the end of this section set us up for the Narrow road scripture?