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  • God Gives Us His Words of Eternal LifeLuke 13:22-30

    Found on page 873 in our guest Bibles.

    Todays Scripture:

  • Im a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesnt Believe in God

    John Shuck, Minister of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon

  • I believe one of the newer religious paths could be a belief-less Christianity. In this

    sect, one is not required to believe things. But what about belief in God? Can a

    belief-less Christianity really survive if God isnt in the picture? Can you even call that

    Christianity anymore? In theory, yes.

    ~ John Shuck, Im a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesnt Believe in God

  • Someone quipped that my congregation is BYOG: Bring Your Own God. I use that and invite people to bring their own God or

    none at all. While the symbol God is part of our cultural tradition, you can take it or leave it or redefine it to your liking. That permission

    to be theological do-it-yourselfers is at the heart of belief-less Christianity.

    ~ John Shuck, Im a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesnt Believe in God

  • I dont appreciate being told that Im not truly a Christian.

    John Shuck, minister of Southminster Pres Church in Beaverton, Oregon in Im a Presbyterian Minister Who Doesnt Believe in God

  • Salvations Narrow DoorThe Gospel of Luke 13:22-30

  • 22 He went on his way through towns

    The Gospel of Luke 13:22-20

    and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem.

  • 23 And someone said to him, Lord, will

    The Gospel of Luke 13:22-20

    those who are saved be few?

  • Jesus, is it possible for

    me to be saved


  • And the Lord said to them, 24 Strive

    The Gospel of Luke 13:22-20

    to enter through the narrow door.

  • Strive = Greek: agonizethe()

  • Strive = Greek: agonizethe

    To bring everything youve got to aim for the prize


    To focus your attention and energy on entering the narrow door

  • Jesus again said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the

    door for the sheep. If anyone enters by

    me, he will be saved.~ Jesus of Nazareth in The Gospel of John 10:7ff.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    ~ Jesus of Nazareth in The Gospel of John 14:6

  • And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven

    given among men by which we must be saved.

    ~ The Apostle Peter in The Book of Acts 4:12

  • Christianity is tooexclusive. I believe anysincerely good person

    can find salvation.

  • For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and

    The Gospel of Luke 13:22-20

    will not be able. 25 When once the masterof the house has risen and shut the door,and you will begin to stand outside to knock at the door, saying, Lord, open tous, then he will answer you, I do not know where you are from.

  • 26 Then you will begin to say, We ate

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    and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets. 27 But he will sayto you, I tell you, I do not know whereyou are from. Depart from me, all youworkers of evil.

  • 28 In that place there will be weeping and

    The Gospel of Luke 13:22-20

    gnashing of teeth, when you see Abrahamand Isaac and Jacob and all the prophetsin the kingdom of God, but you yourselvescast out.

  • ~ CS Lewis, Oxford Professor Mere Christianity

    God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself,

    because it is not there. There is no such thing.

  • 29 And people will come from the east

    The Gospel of Luke 13:22-20

    and west, and from the north and south,and recline at table in the kingdom of God.

  • 30 And behold, some are last who will be

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    first, and some are first who will be last.

  • Why does Luke record this account in his historical

    biography of Jesus?

    Important Question

  • He came to his own, and his own people did not

    receive him. But to all who did receive him, to those

    who believed in his name, he gave the right to

    become children of God.

    ~ The Apostle John in the Gospel of John 1:11

  • Because Jesus is salvations door

    his invitation we cant ignore.

  • Enter through the Narrow Door

  • Seek the Lord while he may be found;call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way,

    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;let him return to the Lord, that he may

    have compassion on him,and to our God, for he will

    abundantly pardon.

    ~ Isaiah 55:6-7

  • A belief-filled Christianity

    is a informed faith

    built on trust in

    the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Find your courage to follow Jesus.

  • Lord will only a few be saved?

  • After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples

    and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in

    white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, Salvation belongs to our God who sits

    on the the throne, and to the Lamb!

    ~ The Apostle John in Revelation 7:9

  • NCC, as a people who have passed

    through Salvations Narrow Door, may you be a people who proclaim

    the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    until your dying breath.

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