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The Difference Christ Makes Today

Stuart Briscoe

Many people consider Christians to be intolerant when it comes to Jesus. They don’t like the assertion that Jesus is the only way to heaven.  Was He a good man? Sure.  A wonderful role model? Absolutely.  But, the one true God? Hold on a minute!

However, you just can’t separate Jesus from what He said about Himself. You can’t accept the parts of Jesus you like but ignore His claim to be the Messiah. You have to make a decision—you either believe all of what He said or you don’t.

In this weighty series, Stuart teaches about eight specific claims that Jesus made about Himself. His words are as challenging and controversial today as they were 2,000+ years ago. Do you believe Jesus is who He says He is? Don’t sit on the sidelines—listen for yourself to Jesus’ words. They are full of hope and promise for those who believe.

Messages From This Series:

When Christ was living amongst men, He was always the center of controversy. The centuries since have seen no real change. The reason is that His claims and challenges are so extraordinary that they demand reaction. But when taken seriously, they lead to life abundant.

Scripture: John 6:25-6:71

Blind beggars were not uncommon in Christ's time. When He met one and healed him on the Sabbath, He stirred up a great controversy. But when He claimed to be the light of the world, the challenge was firmly laid down.

Scripture: John 9:1-9:41

After the blind man had been thrown out of the synagogue (John 9:34), Jesus received him and, in so doing, set His authority over against that of the religious leaders. In case they missed the point, He added that He was the Door—and the only one at that! 

Scripture: John 10:1-10:10

Christ's claim to be the Good Shepherd has been a source of comfort and assurance to believers down through the centuries. But when the claim was made, some of His hearers were so incensed that they tried to kill Him—once again showing the challenging and controversial nature of His claims. 

Scripture: John 10:11-10:30

Jesus had proved His remarkable ability to heal, and many apparently accepted this without question. But He wished to show His ability to conquer death as well as disease. So He raised Lazarus.

Scripture: John 11:17-11:44

The opposition to Jesus intensified after the raising of Lazarus, so He withdrew to a small village with His disciples. His public ministry was practically completed, but He had many things to tell the disciples, including word of His imminent departure.

Scripture: John 13:31-14:14

Both ancient and modern Israel have seen great symbolic significance in the vine and its fruit. The prophets and psalmist used it repeatedly, so Jesus' claim to be "The True Vine" struck a responsive chord in the disciples. But what does it mean to us?

Scripture: John 15:1-15:17

Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. We use the expression "from A to Z" in different ways, but usually the meaning has to do with completeness and thoroughness. What did Jesus mean?

Scripture: Revelation 1:8-1:20

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