Grace Community Church

“Appearances Can Be Deceiving!”

Given on April 10, 2022 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 7:21-29

Why does Jesus tell those who are orthodox in their confession and engaged in Christian ministry to “depart from me”? Is it possible for someone to be used by God to bless others spiritually without actually having a relationship with Jesus? How were these false followers of Jesus attempting to justify themselves on the day of God’s judgment? What does this indicate about their understanding of the Gospel and their relationship with Jesus?
We live in an age of information overload where it is impossible to meaningfully act upon all the data we receive each and every day. How do you think this information tsunami is impacting our spiritual lives and our ability to “hear and do” what Jesus teaches?
In both of these warning sections, it seems that obedience to the will of God (v. 21) and obedience to the teachings of Jesus is essential in our spiritual life. How do we understand this in light of the fact that we are saved by grace through faith – not by works? (Eph. 2:8&9)
This passage can be pretty disturbing for professing Christians and profoundly distressing for more sensitive souls who tend to be overly critical of their walk with God. If you are struggling with assurance in your relationship with Jesus, I encourage you to read through and meditate on the book of I John – noting especially what he states are marks of a genuine follower of Jesus.