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Seriously.... I am so sick and tired of getting asked this question in my youth ministry context: Is Jesus REALLY the only way to heaven?

Top 10 Theological Questions Teens Asks: Is Jesus Really The Only Way To Heaven? (#4)

Seriously…. I am so sick and tired of answering this question in my youth ministry context:  Is Jesus REALLY the only way to heaven?

Our students are having a very difficult time embracing the reality that Jesus is the only way, truth, and life without sounding like an

– non-educated idiot

– arrogant

– judgment

– know it all

Possible ways to answer:

How To Say it3 reasons why you need to be careful

1.  Dan Kimball argues in They Like Jesus But Not the Church, that our hearts and heads needs to be gentle, but firm when talking about the exclusive claims of Jesus (1 Peter 3.15)

2.  Dan suggests that we treat other who have different beliefs with respect while strongly claiming Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life

3.  Be ready because claiming absolute certainty in a pluralistic society is consider ludicrous.

What To Say- 9 reasons why Jesus is the only way.  ( I stole this from Stand to Reason: Jesus, the Only Way: 100 Verses Gregory Koukl)

Jesus makes some pretty clear statements about Him being the ONLY WAY. (John 14.6, Acts 4.11-12, Acts 16.30-31, 1 Tim 2.5, 1 John 2.23, 1 John 5.11-12, Luke 10.16, Luke 12.8-9, Luke 12.8-9, John 3.18, John 3.36, John 8.24, John 10.7-8b)

Reason #1: Jesus is the only source of salvation for the world (Mark 14.61-62, Acts 16.30-31, Titus 2.13)

Reason #2: Jesus is the father’s choice (Mark 9.7, Philippians 2.9-11, Hebrews 1.1-3)

Reason #3: Rejection of Jesus is rejection of the father (John 8.19, John 15.23 Luke 10.16)

Reason #4: Rejection of Jesus brings judgment and wrath; belief in Jesus rescues from wrath (Luke 12.8-9, John 5.24, John 3.18, John 3.36, Acts 3.22-23, 1 Thess 1.9-10, Rev 19.13-16)

Reason #5: Jesus is the one who provides forgiveness from sins (Luke 7.48, John 1.29, Acts 3.38, 40, 1 John 2.2, Romans 8.1)

 

 

 

Reason #6: Many impostors will claim to provide other ways of salvation (Gal 1.8-9, Matthew 7.13-14, John 10.7-8, 10, Matthew 7.15, Mark 13.5-6, Mark 13.22-23, Jude 1.4)

 

Reason #7: There are no other alternatives for salvation (John 18.37b, Romans 8.8-9, Matthew 26.39, Mark 14.36, Luke 22.41-42, Galatians 2.21, Rev 21.27)

Reason #8: All nations are to be given the gospel (Matthew 28.18-19, Luke 24.47)

Reason #9: Jesus will be man’s judge on the final day (Mark 8.38, Luke 9.26, 1 Peter 3.21b-22, John 5.26-27, Acts 17.30-31, Romans 2.16, 2 Timothy 4.1)

 

** If you want read all 10 of the Top Ten Theological Questions Teens Ask click here

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  1. The sad thing is that many youth pastors themselves don’t get this.

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