Two Ways, One Life (Matt. 7: 13-29)

Jesus didn’t mince His words in His ‘crashing’ epilogue to His most famous Sermon. His ‘two by four’ close -- two ways, two trees, two claims, two builders, one way to LIFE -- is a sobering reality in balance to His attractive picture of an ideal Christian life. Hearing and not obeying Jesus, put plainly, is a fatal and self-destructive position that guarantees everlasting isolation from His radical love. Hard words, yes. But motivating for His people who have been gifted with God’s message of redemption whilst there is still time.

As Foyle Vineyard presses on into the last foundation of the four – gather, grow, give, and now GO - Jesus’s teaching challenges us to firstly reflect on our own position after hearing His sermon: like His listeners, who thought that “this was the best teaching they had ever heard” (7:29 MSG), we must now decide if we are going to wholeheartedly follow the one with ultimate authority. This means risk. But the good news is that this is not an empty risk in which we rely on our own pietistic powers to live out this ideal life. Rather, it is one which relies on God’s powerful Holy Spirit, His ‘Helper’ (John 14:26).