Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3
July 1, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<354> Thesis: The kind of "life" that following Jesus produces is only "relationally" different from the kind of existence most people experience. Introduction: Last week we looked into Jesus' call of Levi. We saw that the call challenged Levi's heart-held theology of anger and rebellion. We saw that the call challenged Levi's course of life. And we saw that the call gives us a peek into the true nature of God's created universe. This morning we are going to look into Levi's reaction. On the face of it, the anger and rebellion vanished; the course of his life dramatically changed; and he began a life-long learning experience of what it means to be a child of the Kingdom of God. There are two major obstacles to Levi's reaction. The first is the problem of "Love's production of love" and the second is "Revelation's production of faith". Neither of these problems have easy solutions. Love's production of love is obstructed by the deep-seated selfishness of human beings who do not want to permit anyone to determine the course of life for them (a completely lice-infested hair-ball -- God determines the course of everyone's life without asking for permission). On the other hand, Revelation's production of faith is obstructed primarily by false understanding and immature expectations. This morning we are going to focus upon the second of these problems: Revelation's production of faith. We are going to do this because all of us need some help in understanding the Life to which Jesus calls us.