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February 3, 2019 / Sermon

IS CHRISTIANITY TOO NARROW?

IS CHRISTIANITY TOO NARROW?

John 14:6; Acts 17:16-34

John 14:6 (ESV) — 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

  1. GOD IS WORTH INVESTIGATING (Acts 17:17-23)
    A Person Should Seek to Examine Facts to Determine Truth (John 8:32)
    1. Truth Excludes It's Opposite (Which means something contrary is false)
    2. Paul Proposed Questions, Praised Their Efforts, Proclaimed truth w/ Respect
    3. Our Goal: Be able to maintain & proclaim our faith in Jesus among people who are not comfortable with exclusive claims about God.
  2. GOD CREATED THE WORLD (Acts 17:24-29; Romans 1st chapter)
    God Is The Sovereign Creator & Sustainer Of All Things. (Acts 17:24-25)
    1. (V.26b) God brought life through one man. He's over history & human race.
    2. (V.26c) God rules over time, seasons, & National boundaries.
    3. (V.27-29) If men & women are created in the image of God, then God is a living being.
  3. GOD WANTS A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ALL MANKIND (Acts 17:30-34)
    Christ wants to Exclusively Bless ALL People With Eternal Life (John 3:14-17)
    1. Rom 3:23 (ALL have sinned); 1 Tim 2:3-4 (God wants ALL people to be Saved)
    2. Titus 2:11-13 (The grace that saves has appeared to ALL people)
      1. Some Will Reject God (Acts 17:32)
      2. Some Will Have interest with no commitment (Acts 17:32)
    3. Some Will Believe and Follow Christ (Acts 17:33-34; Romans 10:9-10)
    4. Acts 4:12 (Only Christ CAN save ALL); John 14:6 (ALL man must come to Jesus)
    5. (taught) So (John 3:14-17; 14:6)
    6. Faith In Christ is Sufficient for Salvation
    7. Faith in Christ Is Necessary for Salvation
      1. S. Lewis once said – "Christ Himself didn't leave that option open to us. Either He is Lord over all, or He isn't Lord at all."
    8. Critics have said that Christianity is
      1. An Arrogant, bigoted and narrow-mined to believe trust in Jesus is the only way
      2. – Religioud pluralism and tolerance exclusivity claim is politically incorrect and a verbal slap in the face of other religious systems.
      3. Another name for it is Cultural Relativism. Where no facts is considered universally true at all times, at all places, for all people, and in all cultures.
      4. It's been noised that with over 7 Billion people on the earth, many of them worship over 300 gods in total.
      5. Unfair to Deny Salvation to those who sincerely follow other religions
        1. Salvation is by God's Grace alone (not us & not by our works) ..

IS CHRISTIANITY TOO NARROW?

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