According to a 2011 Barna study, about half of all Americans have prayed something like the sinner's prayer, but half of those have no regular presence in church and believe the Bible is incorrect in substantial portions. Even more live lives that look no different from the world. These people have spiritual blind spots. They believe they are Christians but are actually far from Jesus. This kind of superficial faith is really no faith at all. Then there are many more people who do not even acknowledge Jesus. They feel it is impossible for them to believe in Christ and have no trouble saying so. If they make any kind of faith claim, it is certainly not Christianity.
Both of these groups have belief problems. Both groups. whether they admit it or not, can't believe in the true gospel. J.D. Greear is the lead pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. In this series he teaches seven stories in the Gospel of John that depict people who encounter Jesus but can't believe in him. J.D. will teach us that these people who encountered Jesus are just like many of us, and he will encourage us to know Jesus more deeply, see his glory anew, and go out with a renewed confidence to tell the world about him.