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12/19/11 FROM BELIEVERS TO SONS

By William Coleman
From Believers To Sons: The Journey of the Progressive Walk with God

FROM BELIEVERS TO SONS:  THE JOURNEY OF THE PROGRESSIVE WALK WITH GOD....................

            JOHN 15:14-15;    JOHN  1: 12;   1 JOHN  3:1-2;   PHIL. 3:8-10

THE WALK OF FAITH IN CHRIST IS PROGRESSIVE.  FROM  BELIEVER, TO MEMBER, TO DISCIPLE, TO MINISTER, TO SON. EACH STEP MOVES HIGHER IN GOD'S ETERNAL PURPOSE OF  ROMANS 8:29 &  HEBREWS 12: 6-8.  WE ARE NOT TO BE JUST FOLLOWERS BUT HEIRS, HAVING "EVERYTHING" THAT CHRIST HAS,  IN "THIS WORLD"  AND IN THIS "AGE".

 

                            TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO "FOLLOW" CHRIST,

                                          THEN  & NOW....................

                                           JOHN CHAPTER 6........

JOHN 6:2:    THOSE WHO SAW THE SIGNS!  THESE SAW THE SIGNS & MIRACLES.  THEY NEEDED TO BE IN A CROWD. BUT THEY DID NOT MOVE ON WITH JESUS IN FULFILLING GOD'S PURPOSE.  THESE ARE BELIEVERS WHO WANT TO BE IN A CHURCH THAT HAS THE BEST OF EVERYTHING.  THEY WANT TO BE SEEN WITH A "SUCCESFUL" CHURCH. IT IS A STATUS SYMBOL.  THE "CHRISTIAN IN-CROWD".

 

JOHN 6:26:  THOSE WHO ATE THE FOOD.  THESE ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE THEIR PHYSICAL NEEDS MET AND WERE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE OF THEIR NEEDS TO BE MET.  THEY WANT TO BE BLESSED.  THEIR PHILOSOPHY  SAYS THAT THE CHURCH IS THERE TO "BLESS" THEM. "I MUST BE BLESSED!  THEY ARE "NEED BASED".

                     JOHN 6:15:  THOSE WHO WANTED A LEADER.

THE THIRD TYPE WANTED STRONG LEADERSHIP BUT FOR THE WRONG MOTIVES. THEY WANT TO PURSUE THEIR OWN AGENDA, MINISTRY. THEY SEE THE POPULARITY IN MINISTRY, AND WANT A "PIECE OF THE ACTION.  TO GET WHAT THEY WANT THEY OPERATE UNDER A SPIRIT OF WITHCRAFT.  SELF PROMOTION; SONS OF FAMOUS PREACHERS.

                      JOHN 6:34:   THOSE WHO SOUGHT FULFILLMENT.

THESE SEEK FULFILLMENT FOR THEIR SPIRITUAL LIVES BUT REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS THEIR SOURCE OF STRENGTH, HOPE, AND FUTURE. THE CARES OF THIS WORLD AND DECEITFULNESS OF MONEY, MEANS MORE THAN CHRIST.  SEE 1 JOHN 2:15-17.....

   JOHN 6:30:    THOSE WHO WERE HOSTILE ENEMIES OF GOD.

THESE WANTED TO TEST AND TRAP JESUS.  THESE QUESTION EVERY MOVE MADE BY CHURCH LEADERSHIP. THEY ARE "RESISTERS".  THEY OPERATE UNDER A SPIRIT OF INTIMIDATION AND PROVOKE THE PEOPLE TO DISCOURAGEMENT.

 JOHN 6:68; MARK 10:25-28.   THOSE WHO FOLLOWED WITH INNER STRUGGLES & FEARS.  THEY LEFT ALL FOR CHRIST BUT WERE STILL UNSURE OF THEIR PERSONAL DESTINY.  THEIR ANXIETY AND FEAR WERE ALWAYS STOPPING THEIR FAITH.

   JOHN 6:69: THEY WHO LOVED HIM WITH THEIR LIFE!  ROM. 10:6-10.  THESE FOLLOWED JESUS BECAUSE THEY TRULY KNEW WHO HE WAS.

WE MUST KNOW JESUS THROUGH RELATION. NOT BOOKS, STORIES, SONGS.  THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE TO KNOWING GOD "FACE TO FACE".

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