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God is grieved when people superficially commit to Him, only to bail out.
Sadly, that happens more frequently than we may realize. After Jesus taught some truths that His hearers found hard to accept, “many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore” (John 6:66). As the Lord’s parable of the soils illustrates, many who initially respond to the gospel will never bear the true fruit of repentance and faith.
Scripture gives us clear signposts that differentiate true disciples from spiritual defectors. From the beginning of John MacArthur’s ministry, that subject has been a central focus, as he earnestly warns professing believers to biblically examine themselves. Study along with him through this four-message series to answer the crucial question: Are You a True Disciple?