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Greatest Sermon Ever 24: Living Inside Out
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 24: Living Inside Out Jul 26, 2020
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Richard Root Matthew 7:15-23 Sunday Online
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/07/26 11am -Richard Root -"Greatest Sermon Ever 24: Living Inside Out" -Matthew 7:15-23

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The Sermon on the Mount – 24. Living Inside Out
Matthew 7:15-23

Recap
• Last week we unpacked one of the more controversial and misunderstood statements that Jesus makes in the Sermon on the Mount: His teaching on the wide gate and the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14)
Q. Is Christianity narrow-minded?
• The answer to that question is a stunning paradox that is revealed when you examine the life and the teachings of Jesus:
Jesus was relentlessly narrow in his devotion to God, but outrageously broad-minded in his relationships.

The Inner Life
• Today, in the Sermon on the Mount, the theme switches from those outward relationships to our inner life. What’s going on inside of us?
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” (Matthew 7:15-20)
Q. Who are the prophets in your life? Who are you giving permission to speak into your life? To influence your values? To shape your inner life?
• The key verse in the text is
“By their fruit you will recognize them.”
Q. What determines who is a good person? Is it outward pedigree or the inner life?
“Sometimes it’s easier to adopt the behaviors associated with religion than internalizing the message and being transformed from the inside out by the faith itself.”
• The internal process takes longer. It’s slow. It’s called transformation. In the King James translation it was called sanctification.
Q. Are we becoming like Jesus or were we acting like Jesus? There is a big difference.
“Acting like Jesus is outward; becoming like Jesus is inward.”
• Jesus changes the natural outflow of our lives by altering the inward flow of thoughts and feelings and intentions.
• Following Jesus is not the same as following the rules. We become the living reason why the rules exist. We don’t live a life of rule-following; we live a life of blessing that flows from personal integration with the values that created the rules.

Discipleship, Not Rule-Following
• So, who then is a good person?
o Is it someone who follows the rules? That’s just behaviour modification.
o Or is it someone who would naturally do good? That’s transformation of the inner life.
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. Good people bring good things out of the good stored up in their heart, and evil people bring evil things out of the evil stored up in their heart. For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:43-49)
“Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
• There’s one way that people almost certainly change from the inside out. Unfortunately, it’s suffering. Suffering alters our inner life.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Romans 8:29)

Conclusion
• A tree bears fruit based on the life inside of it. John 15:5 says,
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

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