Narrow and Wide Gates
Readers Theater, Matthew 7:13-29

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Part of a study on the Sermon on the Mount

READER 1 Enter through the narrow gate.
READER 2 The narrow gate.
READER 3 Where you may have to suck in and squeeze through.
READER 1 Enter through the narrow gate.
READER 2 For wide is the gate
READER 3 Plenty of room for you and all your baggage
READER 1 And broad is the road
READER 2 Spacious
READER 3 Plenty of room for the crowds and masses
READER 1 Wide is the gate and broad is the road
READER 2 That leads to destruction,
READER 3 And many enter through it.
READER 1 But small is the gate
READER 2 And narrow the road that leads to life,
READER 3 And only a few find it.
READER 1 Only a few
READER 2 Only a few
READER 3 Find it
READER 1 Search for it
READER 2 And so find it
READER 3 And pass through on their way to eternal life.
READER 1 Watch out for false prophets.
READER 2 False teachers.
READER 3 False leaders.
READER 2 Who have their own agendas.
READER 3 And want to build their own followings.
READER 1 They come to you in sheep's clothing,
READER 2 They look like sheep.
READER 3 But inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
READER 1 Outside they look like others in the congregation,
READER 2 But inside brews trouble
READER 1 Greed
READER 2 Pride
READER 3 Rebelliousness
READER 2 Selfishness
READER 3 Unteachableness
READER 1 Trouble for them
READER 2 And trouble for the congregation.
READER 1 By their fruit you will recognize them.
READER 2 Do people pick grapes from thornbushes,
READER 3 Or figs from thistles?
READER 1 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit,
READER 2 But a bad tree bears bad fruit.
READER 1 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
READER 2 And a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
READER 1 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
READER 3 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
READER 1 By their words.
READER 2 By their actions.
READER 3 By their statements and slips.
READER 1 For our words betray what's in our heart.
READER 2 And what is in our heart will come out in our actions.
READER 3 By their fruits you will know them.
READER 1 Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,
READER 2 But only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
READER 1 Lord, Lord.
READER 2 I am a Christian
READER 3 I am a believer
READER 2 I believe in Jesus.
READER 1 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,
READER 2 And in your name drive out demons
READER 3 And perform many miracles?'
READER 1 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you.
READER 2 Away from me, you evildoers!'
READER 3 You evildoers.
READER 1 You doers of evil.
READER 2 You doers of your own plans
READER 3 Rather than the plans of Jesus.
READER 1 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
READER 2 And puts them into practice
READER 3 Is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
READER 1 The rain came down,
READER 2 The streams rose,
READER 3 And the winds blew and beat against that house;
READER 1 Yet it did not fall,
READER 2 Because it had its foundation on the rock.
READER 3 On the rock.
READER 1 But everyone who hears these words of mine
READER 2 And does not put them into practice
READER 3 Is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
READER 1 The rain came down,
READER 2 The streams rose,
READER 3 And the winds blew and beat against that house,
ALL And it fell with a great crash.
READER 1 Hearers and doers.
READER 2 Doers and hearers.
READER 1 Which am I?
READER 3 Which are you?
READER 1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

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Part of a study on the Sermon on the Mount found at http://www.jesuswalk.com/manifesto/

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