Summary: What is it to truly believe in Jesus Christ to save me?
Follow, Believe And Obey; Real Evangelism Part 2
Intro: 2 Weeks Ago We Started A Series On What It Means To Share Your Faith With Other People. Share
Follow – Believe – Obey
This Morning I Want To Show You Some Things About The Second Step, Believe. First We Need To Understand What This Word Means And How It Is Used In The English Translations Of The New Testament. In The English Language The Same Word Often Has Several Meanings, For Example;
Gay = Happy, Joyful Homosexual
Dance = Go To One Or Do It
Test = Take One Or Experience One
Belief = “To Accept As True”, Only Definition
However In The Greek Language What We Translate In English As One Word, In Greek Has Different Meanings
Pist-Yoo-O = To Have Faith In, Upon Or In Respect
To A Person Or Thing. To Put Trust In
Root Word For Pist-Yoo-O
Pith-O = To Agree, Assure Or To Be Persuaded
Do You See Any Difference? One Says
“I Have Faith In Or Put Trust In”
The Other Says
“I Agree, Am Persuaded, Am Assured”
As We Talk About Belief This Morning It Is Eternally Important To Keep These Differences In Mind So We Don’t Get Confused.
Jesus Never Said “For God So Loved The World That He Gave His Only Son So That Whosoever Agrees With, Is Persuaded By And Assured, In Him Shall Not Perish But Shall Have Eternal Life.”
He Did Say “For God So Loved The World That He Gave His Only Begotten Son So That Whosoever Places Their Faith And Trust In Him Shall Not Perish But Have Eternal Life”
Do You See The Difference?
Remember That There Were Four Kinds Of Followers Of Jesus; The Emotional Follower, Needy Follower, Religious Follower And The True Follower. These Same Four Types Are Found When We Study Belief. Lets Begin With The …
I. Emotional Believers - John 2:23-24 (Agree Or Faith?)
A. This Belief Is Based On Feelings Not Faith.
Why Did They Believe? They Saw…
Ill: Youth Camp Wed. Cry Night Many “Get Saved”
People Who Are Emotional Believers Agree About Jesus And Find Some Comfort In Him. Would Say “I Am A Christian” But Most Likely They Are Not. Their Belief Is Flawed It’s Not True Faith. The Hope They Have Is That They Are Still Following Jesus But They Don’t Have True Faith. Danger Of Missing Salvation Is Great.
II. Needy Believers – John 6:14-15 (Assured Or Faith?)
Belief Is Based On A Need Being Met.
A. The Were Hungry, Jesus Fed Them
B. They Want A King, Jesus Is Who They Want
People Who Are Needy Believers Become “Consumer Christians.” For Them Christianity Is All About “What Is In It For Me.” They Would Claim To Be Christians But They Most Likely Are Not. The Hope They Have Is That They Are Still Following Jesus But They Don’t Have True Faith. Danger Of Missing Salvation Is Great.
III. Religious Believers - James 2:14-19 (Persuaded Or Faith)
This Belief Is Greatest Danger Facing People Today
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