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The Religiously Disillusioned (1 of 3)
Series: Come and See
Good morning. As we start this new year, I want to talk about one of the key things that made Jesus so unique and so powerful. When you open up the Gospel of John, there's a little three-word phrase that you see repeated over and over. Anybody know what the phrase is? ''Come and see.'' Come and see. And there is so much packed into that little phrase. It shows up three times in the first four chapters of John. So we're going to take three weeks and look at those three places.
And let me give you a little preview. In each of those three places, there is a different kind of person who both hears that invitation, and then becomes a giver of that invitation. Three different kinds of people.
So the first week, we're going to look at the religiously disillusioned. So this is someone who grew up around religion, they've heard it all, been there, done that, and it's left them cold. Know anyone like that? And then they hear those words, ''Come and see.''
And then next week, we're going to look at the spiritually skeptical. So this is someone who is genuinely interested in God, but they just have real questions. And either nobody has taken their questions seriously, or they've never gotten a decent answer. Sound like anyone you know? And then they hear the invitation, ''Come and see.''
And then the last week, we're going to look at a third kind of person, and this is maybe kind of surprising…and this one's going to require a parental warning on our web site the week before. We're going to look at the sexual captive. So this is someone who's got a confused relationship with sex, and when I was studying this passage I first thought I would make it real broad category, like ''immoral people,'' and then I thought, ''You know what? I'm not going to do that. There's a reason the Bible takes this head-on, so I'm going to do the same thing.'' So we're going to meet a woman in J ...
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