Our belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven seems to collide with our cherished values of diversity, inclusivism, tolerance, and acceptance. And this can cause doubt in our minds. But when you grasp the message of the gospel, you realize that it is the most diverse, inclusive, tolerant, and offer for acceptance in the history of the world. God came, God spoke, God died, God resurrected, and God offers us life in Himself without any effort on our part. -Pastor Dave
Open: Describe a time you heard someone say that there are many ways to heaven: How did you respond?
Read: Matthew 26:69-75; John 14; Acts 3 & 4:1-22
1. At the core, what makes the exclusivity of Christ a difficult understanding to accept? In other words, why do we want many ways to God? How does this belief run contrary to the core values found in our culture? How does our culture see Christ as the only way as offensive and bad?
2. Describe Peter’s journey from doubter, to denier, to declarer: In what ways do you see this progression as a Christian? How is this true especially regarding the identity of Christ in our lives? Read Acts 4:12. What does this tell us about the declaration of the gospel?
3. Describe the difference between cultural pluralism and religious pluralism: How does the culture confuse these two realities? In what ways can Christians be both exclusive and inclusive concerning Christ? Consider Tim Keller’s quote, “All religions are exclusive but Christianity is the most inclusive exclusivity there is.” Do you agree or disagree?
4. Share a few Scriptures references that point to the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation: Can you give an example when Jesus described Himself this way? What does it say to you that Jesus claimed exclusivity?
Pray: Pray that your trust in Christ as the way, the truth and the life will cast out doubts concerning Him.
Memorize/Meditate: And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12