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Lean Your Whole Weight On Jesus

Believe Faith Gospel

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-10-19

Scripture: Romans 10:9

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John Paton, a missionary to a remote group of natives, was having a difficult time translating certain passages of the Bible into their language.  It seemed that this particular group had no word for "believe."  Then one day, one of the natives flopped into a chair, stretched out and propped his legs up on another chair.

He then expressed how good it felt to "lean his whole weight on" those chairs. The missionary quickly wrote the expression down.  

APPLICATION

When we believe in the promise of eternal life, we "lean our whole weight on" Jesus.  To believe in the Gospel message is to transfer the full weight of our confidence and concerns to the finished work of Christ--to rest completely in the substitutionary work of Christ.  

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9).

The Half-Life Of Facts

Truth Cultural Trends Gospel

Source: “The half-life of facts,” By David Mcraney, BOING BOING, 08/21/17

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ; Matthew 5:18

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David Mcraney writes: 

In medical school, they tell you half of what you are about to learn won’t be true when you graduate — they just don’t know which half.

In every field of knowledge, half of what is true today will one day be updated with better information, and it turns out that we actually know when that day will come for many academic pursuits.

This is what author Sam Arbesman calls “the half-life of facts.”  The premise is that for every domain, silo, discipline, and school of knowledge, the facts contained within are slowly being overturned, augmented, replaced, and refined — and in medicine, for example, the rate of that overturning is high enough that if you never really complete your education. Medical school, in other words, never ends.

... For instance, in physics, about half of all research findings will be disconfirmed within 13 years. In psychology, it’s every seven. In other words, if you graduated with a degree in psychology seven years ago, half of the information in all your textbook is now inaccurate.

APPLICATION

By contrast, the Bible claims to be the very “Word of God.” The fact that millions of people the world over have found that claim to be credible for 3500 years proves that the truths that matter the most are not nullified by the passing of time or rendered passé by better information.  There is no half-life to the truth that God loves us or that Jesus came into this world to die for the sins of mankind.  These truths are grounded in God’s unfailing nature and will never be overturned or replaced. 

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” (Isaiah 40:8).

“For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). 

Christians Feel "The Bern"

Gospel Witness Apologetics

Source: “Senator Bernie Sanders Attacks Trump Appointee for Christian Views,” BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER, Jun 8, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-06-13

Scripture: John 3:16

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Michael Gryboski with The CHRISTIAN POST reports:

During a Senate Budget Committee nomination hearing on Wednesday (6/7/17), Sen. Sanders critically questioned Russell Vought, Trump's nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

At issue was a blog post that Vought wrote in defense of his alma mater, Wheaton College, in which he said that Muslims "stand condemned" for not believing in Jesus Christ.

"In the piece that I referred to that you wrote for the publication called Resurgent. You wrote, 'Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.' Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?" asked Sanders.

Vought responded that he did not consider the statement bigoted in nature, noting that he is a Christian and was stating his belief in "the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation."

"As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs," replied Vought.

Sanders was unimpressed with the response, stating that the blog post was "indefensible, it is hateful and Islamophobic, and an insult to over a billion Muslims throughout the world."

... Sanders maintained that ... he was going to vote against the nominee.

APPLICATION

The Christian Gospel isn't Islamophobic, but rather it expresses God's unconditional love, through the sacrifice of His Son, for people of every race, creed, and nationality. 

So how do we respond to a senator, indeed, to a world that views the Good News as bad news? 

First, we must not allow ourselves to be placed on the defensive. I believe the best way to combat this cultural phenomenon is to respond to such negative accusations of intolerance by reframing the question. When the world criticizes Christianity for endorsing only one way to heaven, we need to turn to them and ask, “Yes, but aren’t you glad there is at least one way?”  

Shouldn't we all be grateful that God has made it possible for there to be a way at all?  Who are we to demand that one way is not good enough? If you were in a burning building, would you refuse to flee because there was only one exit?

Furthermore, isn't it a wonderful way God has chosen? He has not left salvation to depend upon our weak, imperfect efforts. Rather He has secured salvation for us through the perfect effort of Jesus Christ! The perfect life of God Himself was given in exchange for our imperfect lives, so that He might offer salvation to us as a free gift. 

Finally, this Good News gets even better! He has extended this offer to everyone; black, white, male, female, homosexual, heterosexual, rich, poor, Jew, Gentile, and Muslim alike! Does that sound narrow-minded or intolerant? Indeed, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son ...” (John 3:16).  In fact, it would be fair to ask if anyone in Islam has ever loved the Muslim people as much as Jesus. Who else has willingly offered up their life for them the way He did on the cross? 

So, don’t be apologetic that you know the only way to heaven. Instead, ask those who take issue with your faith, “Shouldn’t you, shouldn't all of us, be glad that there is a way at all?”

The Perpetual Mouse Trap

Gospel God's Promises Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Matthew 28:20

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Just One Book

Bible Gospel Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Matthew 7:13 ; Ephesians 4:5

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God’s Mural

Trials Hope Gospel

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Scripture: Revelation 21:4 ; 2 Corinthians 4:17

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Gifts That Increase In Value

Christmas Value (True Worth) Gospel

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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15

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Man Homeless Outside His Own Home

Gospel Salvation Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-23

Scripture: John 14:3

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Keep it Simple

Gospel Grace Legalism

Contributed By: Tobby Smith | Date Posted: 2015-11-15

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18 ; 2 Corinthians 11:3

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The Crusader's Rifle

Gospel Evangelism Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-09

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 ; 1 Peter 1:23

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