On May 29, 2016, Pastor Mark Fitzpatrick of Arann Reformed Baptist Church preached a sermon titled "Temporary Disciples" based on John 6:60-66. I'm posting my notes of his sermon in light of the current political and social atmosphere of the United States.
Jesus Christ knows the difference between the outward profession of faith and the inward reality of faith. Therefore, we should pray not to just appear to be children of God, but we should pray to be true believers indeed and that nothing that Christ says would be a stumbling block to us trusting in Him. We should not use the Word of God as an excuse. When we genuinely believe in Christ, we are submitting ourselves to His moral authority. He is King of our soul and King of our life. Yes, we sin, but God knows our heart. The paradox is that sometimes true believers can look like unbelievers, and false believers can look like true believers. The Bible tests our faith and our love of Christ; it shows whether or not we truly believe. The Word of God should judge us; we should not judge the Bible. Christians believe and trust the Word that they know to be true. Do we believe in the Jesus of Scripture as presented by Christ Himself? The Christian life is a revelation of two things: (1) Revealing to us our own inability and (2) Revealing to us God's sovereign ability. Faith is a remarkable gift of God.
- Claim the Words of Jesus are too difficult
- Are offended by the Words of Jesus
- Are challenged by the Words of Jesus
- Do not understand the spiritual meaning of the Words of Jesus
- Are not believers
- Are not drawn by the Father
- Will eventually walk away from Christ
The Words of God are eternal life.
"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him," (John 6:60-66).