The Path of a Christian!
“ …When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Luke 5:8, ESV)
“And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.” (Luke 5:11, ESV)
“Jesus asked His first disciples, and He has asked every disciple since, to give Him their thoughtful and total commitment. Nothing less will do.” ~ John Stott
"60 When many of His disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray Him.) 65 And He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted him by the Father.” 66 After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:60-69, ESV)
“Do not flatter yourself of being good enough, because you are morally so; because you go to church, say the prayers, and take the sacrament, therefore you think no more is required; alas, you are deceiving your own souls.” ~ George Whitefield
"60 When many of His disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”
"66 After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.”
"Many who claim they are questing for God are not thirsting for God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture, but only for God as they want Him to be, or for a god who will give them what they want.” ~ Donald Whitney
“watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naïve” (Romans 16:17-18, ESV)
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” (Matthew 6:5, ESV)
"67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the Holy One of God.”
“11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (John 5:11-13, ESV)
Week 2 - The path of a Christian! - John 6:60-69
Sunday’s sermon brought to light a topic that many of us are comfortable ignoring--that we live in a culture where we are surrounded by polite, well-meaning, church-going, lost people. These are people who may know how to answer the Sunday-school teacher’s questions correctly, but are not willing to live by the truth they espouse! They have a “head-knowledge,” but not a “heart-knowledge”. They have a religion, but not a relationship. These people are easy to be friends with because there is no pressure to minister to them. We are perfectly willing to play along with the charade--but the truth is that these people are just as much in need of the Gospel as people who are open about their lostness and unbelief. Let’s look at a passage today that further examines this type of person.
As a group, turn to and read Matt. 7:21-23 aloud as a group.
1. Focus on v21. What truth can we see from this verse?
2. What is the key to entering the Kingdom of heaven according to v21?
The next few verses then describe the response of the people whom God will turn away. Let’s identify and examine each one of the three excuses offered by these people.
3. What is the first excuse offered by these people in response to being turned away by God?
4. What is the second excuse offered by these people in response to being turned away by God?
5. What is the final excuse offered by the people in response to being denied entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven?
6. God’s answer in response to these excuses is that he never ‘knew’ them. Discuss as a group the meaning of God’s response?
7. Discuss as a group the meaning of God’s response?
As a group, discuss the implications of tonight’s study regarding your behavior toward the people in your life who may fall into the ‘nominal’ Christian or in Christian in “Name-Only” category and who do not have a real relationship with Him.
People citing their works as a means for salvation is not new--this has been the case since the beginning of time, but it is blatantly incorrect and very dangerous. The truth is that it is genuine salvation that leads to righteous works, not our righteous works that lead to salvation. There are many people, like we see in today’s passage, whose case for salvation is based on their good deeds will be rejected. Today’s passage shows us that if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we must have more than empty works. We must truly know GOD and be intimate with him to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.