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Within our sermon series, we are still taking a deeper look at the I AM words of Jesus. This week’s focus is Jesus’ claim that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This is a pretty steep statement. Jesus is literally saying that HE is the only Way to the heavenly Father. HE is the only real Truth. And only in Jesus will we ever have a fulfilled and eternal Life.
Before you dismiss this statement with a “This-is-not-me” attitude, I want to challenge you to self-examine yourself with these three screening questions:
- In what WAYS do you try to win God’s favor? Do you rely on good deeds? Going, or even serving in the church. When you get to the gates of heaven, why should they let you in?
- Tell the THUTH, who tells you what is right and wrong? Is God’s Word your ultimate authority for everything? Or is it your peers? Or your own opinion? What is ultimately TRUE?
- What gives you LIFE? What makes you happy? What gives you the energy to get up in the morning? Are you happy when you get to talk to God, or is it more of a chore?
Let’s be honest, you might have answered JESUS, but does your lifestyle really elect your answer? Is Jesus your ticket to heaven, or is it works? Do you gauge right and wrong really on what Jesus said? Does living with Jesus make you happier than anything else?
Here is the last task for today:
Ask yourself, “how can I make sure that I am more aware of Jesus’ presence throughout the day?” Write down three simple things.
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.