"As he was saying these things, many believed in him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples'" (John 8:30-31).
"So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple" (John 8:59).
Let's get this straight - If you do not abide in Jesus' word, then you are not a genuine believer. It is that simple. You may have "come forward." You may have "asked Jesus into your heart." You may have "made a decision to trust Jesus." You may even have been very sincere.
But none of that rises to the level of faith. Faith rests in Christ. Faith follows Christ. Faith obeys Christ.
Are you a believer? Join us this Lord's Day to hear what Jesus has to say about it.
O Worship the King (#46)
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness (#400)
O for a Heart to Praise My God (#70)
O for a Faith That Will Endure (#593)
Praise the Savior (#17)
Old Testament: Genesis 24; Psalm 40
New Testament: Matthew 15:21-39
True Faith vs. Temporary Faith - John 8:30-59