YFC Bible Trail Lesson 2

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The Non-Christian’s Response to the Gospel: 

The Non-Christian’s Response to the Gospel Spectrum of Response

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The Spectrum of Response: 

The Spectrum of Response Hostile Rejection Polite Rejection Uncertainty Shallow Acceptance Wholehearted Acceptance No, Thanks

How They Responded to Jesus: 

Hostile Rejection The Pharisees Questioned authority Blasphemy Unlawful Immoral Demon Possessed Threatened their religious system Threatened their authority Exposed their sin How They Responded to Jesus

How They Responded to Jesus: 

Polite Rejection 'I am the bread of life…unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.' Miracle Excitement Teaching Exit How They Responded to Jesus Feeding of 5000

How They Responded to Jesus: 

How They Responded to Jesus Uncertainty Reaction 1: Belief based upon eyewitness evidence Reaction 2: Confusion based upon eyewitness evidence Reaction 3: Militancy of Pharisees Raising of Lazarus

How They Responded to Jesus: 

How They Responded to Jesus Shallow Acceptance Apparent Belief Made decision to follow Jesus Involved in ministry Lived with Jesus Actual Heart Inner character: liar, thief Betrayed Jesus Allowed Satan to enter Result: hanging Judas

How They Responded to Jesus: 

How They Responded to Jesus Wholehearted Acceptance Confronted with her sin Attracted by Jesus’ person and teaching Exhibits faith Townsfolk believe Woman at the Well

How They Responded to Jesus: 

People rejected Jesus despite his deity and miracles Mixed reactions with emphasis on rejection and persecution Jesus expects their rejection The lowly respond, but not the ones we would expect Responses involve an awareness of sin and subsequent repentance How They Responded to Jesus Hostile Rejection Polite Rejection Uncertainty Shallow Acceptance Wholehearted Acceptance

How They Responded in Acts: 

How They Responded in Acts Hostile Rejection React like Pharisees did to Jesus Do not respond well to having their sin exposed They thought they were being godly Stoning of Stephen

How They Responded in Acts: 

How They Responded in Acts Polite Rejection Only interested as it relates to his job, but not to his heart Paul before Agrippa

How They Responded in Acts: 

How They Responded in Acts Uncertainty Some scoffed Others were curious Some believed Paul in Athens

How They Responded in Acts: 

How They Responded in Acts Shallow Acceptance Acceptance based upon wrong motives Motives become clear as being very shallow Unable to respond properly with repentance Simon Magus

How They Responded in Acts: 

How They Responded in Acts Wholehearted Acceptance Cut to the heart, relating to guilt and repentance Sought out proper way to salvation Large numbers saved and baptized with emphasis on repentance Pentecost

How They Responded in Acts: 

How They Responded in Acts Majority response was rejection and persecution Pentecost was the exception rather than the rule Responses involve an awareness of sin and repentance Motivation and issues of the heart are primary factors Hostile Rejection Polite Rejection Uncertainty Shallow Acceptance Wholehearted Acceptance

Responses Today: 

Responses Today Rare today except in regions closed to the gospel Usually occurs with extremely pious people of other religions Mostly occurs in hearts and attitudes rather than in outward actions Hostile Rejection

Responses Today: 

Responses Today Most common form of rejection today Postmodern tolerance: open to various perspectives/truths Polite Rejection

Responses Today: 

Responses Today Common in pluralistic societies due to numerous options Can refer to seekers and some agnostics Uncertainty

Responses Today: 

Responses Today People who come for a sign or selfish gain Pray the prayer belief Includes syncretism: adding Christianity to already established beliefs and religions Shallow Acceptance

Responses Today: 

Responses Today May or may not involve an emotional response Some produce fruit quickly, others take more time All come by hearing the gospel and by the work of the Holy Spirit This kind of acceptance proves itself over time Wholehearted Acceptance

Theological Principles: 

Theological Principles Hostile Rejection Polite Rejection Uncertainty Shallow Acceptance Wholehearted Acceptance Soil 1: The Path Soil 2: Rocky Ground Soil 3: Among Thorns Soil 4: Prime Soil Parable of the Soils

Theological Principles: 

Theological Principles Accounting for the Variety 'suppress the truth' 'dead in sins' 'none righteous, not even one' 'The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing' 'The natural man does not accept' 1. Effects of Depravity

Theological Principles: 

Theological Principles Accounting for the Variety 2. Effects of Satan Deception Temptation

Theological Principles: 

Theological Principles Wholehearted Belief 1. The need for God’s initiative 2. The need for human response 2. The need for genuine belief GRACE Christ came (Rom 5:8) God chose (Eph 1:4) Father draws (Jn 6:44) Spirit convicts (Jn 16:8) Comes by hearing the Word Comes by faith

Our Response: 

Our Response Truly listen to others Have boldness to preach the gospel Don’t force conversions Don’t give up on people Be dependent upon God Hostile Rejection Polite Rejection Uncertainty Shallow Acceptance Wholehearted Acceptance

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