“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13–14

Decisions, decisions. Life is full of decisions. Depending on how you’re wired, you might love deciding ALL the things. On the other hand, maybe you wish you could say, “It’s been a minute,” since you’ve had to make one. Whatever the case, decisions are ever before us. Even now, I’m trying to decide if it was wise to use slang phrases like, “All the things”and “It’s been a minute” in a Pastor’s Note. I could decide to change it, but I think I’ll leave it for fun.  After all, if you’re not tracking with the phrases, you can always ask a student or google it. You decide.

Alright. That’s enough. By now I hope you get the point. Decisions are everywhere.  We are constantly making them. Sometimes they are large, while the majority of the time they are small. Right now, I’m literally making a decision with every stroke of the key pad, in which case each small decision is seeking to fulfill the larger decision to construct this Pastor’s Note. Such is life. Big decisions can direct us in making many more decisions. This week, Jesus is going to call us to make a big decision. It’s a decision so large that it will direct every other decision we make for the rest of our lives. Consequently, it is a decision that we not only need to make with great caution but also one we must protect with caution once we’ve made it.

From the passage above, you can see the decision before us is no laughing matter. It’s a fork in the road of life that we all must come to. It’s a decision with eternal consequences. The way we choose will lead to life or death. This week’s sermon title is “A Different Kind of Caution” because that is exactly what we must use. In preparation for Sunday, it’d be very helpful to take some time and read Matthew 7:13-20 and consider the caution in Jesus’ words.  Honestly, friends, this text has stirred a strong desire in me to see true decisions made this Sunday.

Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.

Love you, church!­

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor

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