The Road That Leads to Life

New Philly Hongdae (all campuses)
Preached by Christian Lee on October 25, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 66 minutes (audio)

Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Paul Yoo.

  1. What are some ways that it has cost you to follow Christ, whether recently or in the past?
  2. We live in a world of consumerism where our attitude towards church becomes, “Don’t ask me for too much. I’ll take what I want from Christianity.” Do you think that has affected your approach to the Christian life and to church? How much are you “taking” and how much are you “giving”?

    A Hard and Narrow Road

  4. Read Matthew 11:28-30. What heavy yoke is Jesus referring to when he mentions those who “labor and are heavy laden”? In what sense is the yoke of Jesus easy by comparison?
  5. The word for “narrow” in Matt 7:14 (NIV) comes from the verb thlibō, one meaning of which is to be pressed down like a grape. PC said, “If you don’t feel pressed down like a grape now and then, you’re probably on the wrong path.” What are some ways you’ve felt the strain of being on the narrow path recently? How would it be easier if you were to take the wide and easy road?
  6. Jesus said, “If you want to follow me, deny yourself” (cf. Mt 16:24, Mk 8:34, Lk 9:23). The world of consumerism and marketing says, “Satisfy your every fleshly desire and craving.” What’s one thing that you are currently working at to deny yourself? Is there anything you need to be denying yourself in order to follow Christ more closely?
  7. Paul and Barnabas encouraged their disciples to remain true to the faith by saying that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Why would that be an important truth to hear for a Christian? How is it dangerous if we expect the Christian life to be easy and breezy (cf. Luke 8:13)?
  8. In a culture where Christianity brings many benefits and little costs, it is a light and easy thing to say that you are a Christian. But in our world today, there is an increasing cost to becoming a Christian. What are some of the ways you see and feel this?

    Leading to Life

  10. Read Matthew 7:13-14. When Christ calls us to the narrow road, what does he promise us we will receive in the end? How is the life that Jesus offers different from the life that the world offers?
  11. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” If the Christian life is a call to die, why would anyone become a Christian? How has the Christian life been “worth it” for you?
  12. Written by Pastor Christian: Read 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 in the ESV. “God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you.” How does this passage comfort Christians in their afflictions on the narrow road towards life?

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