This sermon is part of the sermon series "Thorns in the Flesh". See series.
"Who do we think we are? How do we know we're right? Can every other religion be wrong?" I would hazard a guess that this is the number one question being asked of Christians today. It comes in many different forms—sometimes not as "in your face" as I just phrased it—but it is one all Christians need to have an idea about how to answer. People all around us are asking it.
There are two passages that I want to lift up today as we think about how to respond to this question. The first is from the Book of Acts and gives Peter's response to the Jewish high court when they asked about the power behind a healing encounter: "It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed …. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." That's from Acts chapter 4, verses 10 and 12.
The second offers the classic answer to this question from Jesus' own lips. It was delivered to his disciples on their last night together. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me." That's John 14:6.
Who do you think you are?
Most people who begin a conversation with words like these are probably harkening back to some personal experience where they were put down by Christians, or saw Christians in an arrogant, judgmental light putting down others. So let me begin by saying who I think or hope we are NOT. I hope we are not people who are intolerant and judgmental of the beliefs of others who disagree with us. I hope we are not anti-intellectual, being unwilling to engage in the hard work of honest discussions with others who have ...
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