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What Jesus requires to be a neighbor in heaven
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Four People You Meet in Heaven". See series.

Introduction

In the first sermon in our series, I talked about the primary person we will get to see in heaven: Jesus, face to face. Now I want to talk about some of the other people we will meet in heaven—specifically, who will be our neighbors?

When you hunt for a new home, one of the biggest factors is location. Location isn't just about the proximity of your home to schools, banks, or shopping centers. Location is also about the quality of the neighborhood. You may not want to live next door to someone who has their RV on blocks in the front yard, next to the old sofa and washing machine. You may not want to live in a neighborhood where thieves have stolen the "Neighborhood Watch" signs. You may not want to live next to guy who repairs tubas 24 hours a day. In the second apartment my wife and I lived in, we lived across the hall from a single guy who loved to cook out with his friends … at midnight … and the people in the apartment above us tap danced non-stop.

It's important to know who your neighbors are. Who will live next door to you in heaven? Who will be your neighbors in the pearly-gated community?

In Matthew 7, Jesus gave a very unexpected answer to this question. This passage comes at the end of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus described the nature of his coming Kingdom. He qualifies exactly who will enter this Kingdom and how they will get there. You may think you already know all the people who will live on your street in eternity, but Jesus issues three very serious warnings that determine who will spend eternity with him and who will not.

Enter through the narrow gate.

Jesus first warns to find the narrow door. Matthew 7:13-14 reads, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the ...

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David Daniels is the lead pastor of Central Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. Enter through the narrow gate.

II. Beware of religious deception.

III. Make a firm decision.

Conclusion