The Shortsighted (3 of 7) by J.D. Greear
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Series: Can't Believe: Gospel of John
We are in the middle of a series called Can't Believe in which we are looking through the Gospel of John at 7 kinds of people who couldn't believe and how Jesus addressed each of them.
(Now, I know that many of you in this series might say, "Well, I'm not sure how this series applies to me because I already believe in Jesus." But you have got to understand that all of Christian growth is essentially learning to believe the gospel-to really believe, in the biblical sense, which means to lean all your weight upon Jesus, which is what scholars say the word "believe" really means in John.1 (the difference in believing that a parachute would actually carry you down safely and actually jumping out of the plane-the latter is biblical 'belief').)
Whether you are already a believer or not, I think there is a lot in here for you.
In John 6 we will encounter a group who can't believe for two reasons. First, because they don't understand their real problem, they are so focused on quick fixes that they miss the real Jesus and the real gospel.
• Do you remember the first week of this series I referenced a quote by Francis Schaeffer that if he had an hour to explain the gospel to someone he would spend 45-50 minutes on the negative, to really try to get that person to feel their dilemma- that they really are spiritually dead and hopeless in their sin- and then the last 10--15 minutes to preach the (good news of the) gospel. He said that much of our evangelistic work today is not clear simply because we are too anxious to get to the answer without people ever realizing the problem.
• This group doesn't understand the problem, so they are blind to the real solution.
o This group includes a lot of Republicans (who believe that if societies were just free and democratically governed and the government would just get out of the
way then everybody could thrive)...
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