THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 97th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: ENTERING GOD’S KINGDOM
Adult/Young Adult Topic: COME IN
Printed Text: Luke 13:22-30
Key Verse: Luke 13:24 (NIV) Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 97th Edition, 2017-2018
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People desire to be rewarded for what they consider to be acceptable behavior. What kind of behavior is acceptable? Jesus taught that we must bear good fruit and come to Him through a narrow way.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Jesus said the invitation to be saved is open, but the way into the kingdom is narrow and demands more than casual interest. And, in fact, the door of opportunity will not remain forever open. Time is drawing near, and when the door is closed, it is closed and will not be reopened. Performance—understood as repentance, as hearing and doing the Word—is the means by which one is counted among those who are being saved. Jesus said, “Whosoever will, let him come.” The Pilgrim Jubilees of Chicago, IL recorded a song that says, “The door of the church is open—come on in!”
PRAYER: Dear Lord, increase our understanding of how we enter through the door that truly ushers us into your presence and into the life that is to be lived as your people. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Sunday School Review “The Door of the Church Is Open” was originally published on 955thelou.com