Words to Build a Life On – Two Claims
Matthew 7:21-23
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.

  • A Day of Judgment
  • Many who say ‘Lord, Lord’
  • Some who know Jesus Christ


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: This message has to do with entrance into the kingdom of heaven. How has Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount changed your thinking about how to gain entrance into heaven?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The Judgment Seat of Christ is expressly taught here and elsewhere in the New Testament (2 Cor. 5:9, 10). How can one prepare for this pending judgment?
  2. Many make a profession of faith on that day by saying “Lord, Lord.” While a public confession of faith is commended, it is not, in and of itself, sufficient (Romans 10:9, 10). What is sufficient?
  3. The individuals mentioned here think they have an eternal home with Jesus Christ. How could someone become so deluded in the matter of spiritual things to have a false expectation of heaven?
  4. This passage brings to mind a type of “cheap grace” that does not result in salvation. It preaches forgiveness without repentance, membership without discipline, discipleship without obedience, blessing without persecution and joy without righteousness. Discuss.

Taking It Home: DA Carson says, “It is true, of course, that no man enters the kingdom because of his obedience; but it is equally true that no man enters the kingdom who is not obedient. It is true that men are saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ; but it is equally true that God’s grace in a man’s life inevitably results in obedience.” Where has God’s grace led to obedience in your life?


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.

We will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall with Dave Mathewson for an exciting survey of the New Testament for the balance of this month. Then, in December, we will feature Pastor Jeff in a fun, interesting and, at times, lighthearted look at the Christmas season.


Impact Player is a small group approach to leadership development for men. Pastor Jeff will be leading a group in 2015, and will be hosting an informational meeting for those men who are interested on Sunday, November 23 at 8:00 AM in his office.

Many of our regular activities will be taking a break this week, in order to allow our church family to celebrate Thanksgiving. The office will also be closed on Thursday and Friday. Please check out the included calendar for the most current information. We are thankful for each person in our church family, and we pray that you are blessed this holiday season.


Please keep the Fera family in your prayers in the wake of Ken’s recent passing. There will be a Celebration of Life service on Thursday, December 4 at 2:00 PM at The Barn, with a reception immediately following. Please watch for more details next week about how you might help.


Our mission involves “inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ.” However, we have a parking lot and Children’s Ministry problem that is hampering our ability to fulfill our mission. We are prayerfully considering a proposed solution to the problem. You should be receiving a letter in the mail this week with further information. We appreciate your prayers and welcome your thoughts.


CIY (Christ In Youth) dates for 2015 are June 22-26 for incoming freshman to graduating seniors. We are going to Durango and have reserved 26 spots. A $50 deposit will hold your place, and we are excited for this great experience.


We invite you to join us on Sunday, November 23 at 6:00 PM as we offer a free meal to our community. Think about who you might invite to share a Thanksgiving dinner with this season. This is a perfect opportunity to share what and who we are thankful for with our neighbors!


Our schedule will be changing a bit during the holiday season. For the balance of 2014, we will only be meeting on December 7, and then we will resume our normal schedule on January 11. We hope that your holidays are full of blessings and joy.

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