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The apostle having commended their obedience for the time past, and mentioned his confidence in their obedience for the time to come, proceeds to give them commands and directions to some who were faulty, correcting some things that were amiss among them. (Henry, M. 1994).

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Jesus did not manipulate people. He did not try to back them into corners where they could do nothing but what he wanted them to do.  He always presented the truth in love and allowed people the latitude to act upon it as they saw fit.  Many responded to His message, others chose not to.  We must be careful to follow this example in our evangelism.  Always remember that just as easily as you can manipulate a person in accepting the gospel and giving their life to Jesus, someone else can manipulate them out of it.  People must choose for themselves based on the truth and love- that is the only way evangelism will be effective and long- lasting. (McClung, 1988).

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The conditions in which you live and worship as Christian believers are not those of Sinai but those of heaven.  (Ellingworth, P. 1993)

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Very few people have a conscious plan for developing their spiritual lives.  Most Christians are not intentional, but rather functional, like cars on cruise-control.  Our crammed schedules, endless to-do lists, demanding jobs and families, constant noise, information bombardment, and anxieties keep us speeding up, not slowing down.  We have routines to manage other parts of our lives.  For example, each morning we may get up, feed the cat, then make coffee, exercise, get dressed for work, and eat breakfast. (Scazzero, 2006)

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Jesus had no time for superficial professions of faith. How important is it for us to understand the warning of Jesus, for often we are so eager to increase our memberships that we do everything in our power to make a commitment to Christianity as painless as possible.  We become peddlers of cheap grace, obscuring and hiding the message of Jesus which was a call to sacrifice, to steadfast devotion, even to the point of martyrdom. (Sproul, 1999)

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Devotion to Christ cannot be less than whole-hearted (Discipleship is not periodic volunteer work on one's own terms and at one's convenience", R. J. Karris, cited in Talbert, p. 203).

Jesus was 'calling not for spectators but for recruits.' When he called men to follow him, he meant them not to tag along behind him out of curiosity, but to throw in their lot with him in commitment. (Wilcock, 1979).

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There are two invitations given in our text, the first by Jesus and the second by Philip.  The "Bridge of Credibility" is seen in the consistency of the message from Jesus to Philip and Philip to Nathanael and Nathanael's confirmation of the truth.

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The news which Jesus now heralded in Galilee was that God's hour had struck, the time which all the Old Testament had looked forward.  God's reign upon earth, a concept familiar from the prophets, was about to begin (is at hand).  All were therefore called to a change of hearth (repent) and to a belief in this good news, for which John had already prepared the way.

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We know our purpose is to serve God through an obedient lifestyle.  We can divide that lifestyle into the kind of people we are to be and the kind of tasks we are to pursue.  In Jesus' discourse, He defined the kind of people we are to be: Those who abide in Him (John 15:7-17).  The task He has set for us is disciple making (Mathew 28:18-20).  The Scriptures erase our doubts about what living an obedient lifestyle means: Be disciples, make disciples. (Pastor Bill Hull, 2010)

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A proper sense of self-worth comes from recognizing and appropriating the biblical fact that we are loved and valued by our heavenly Father.  Our value is based not on our own merit but on the fact that we are His precious children for whom Christ is willing to die. (Anderson, 2003).

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