3-4-18 Following Christ Pt. 1
9:30AM = Thankfulness/Prayer Time/Worship
9:45AM = Lesson
Good morning B.O.C.
We’re going over “Growing in the Faith” and in the last several sessions we’ve gone over learning How to study the Bible, now we’re going to jump into Following Christ
Turn you Bibles to Luke 9:23
Have you ever been lied to in order to get you do do something you didn’t want to do?
Back when I was a teenagers, my friends said they’d give me twenty bucks if I did something…watch this...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgm5qh21J7w
Turns out, my friends just wanted to mess with me, so i never got those $20. Things like this happened a lot.
Share fear of students who aren’t living as Christians.
Have you been made fun of or persecuted because of your faith and what you believe in?
But the point I want to illustrate is that Jesus doesn’t lie to us in order to get us to do something. He’s very up front about what it’s gonna cost to be a disciple.
Are you putting up a front when you come here?
Are you actually applying what you believe?
What I want you to keep in mind during the next several sessions is this: Following Jesus means Being like Jesus
It’s important to know how to study the Bible so The goal of studying God’s word is to learn how to APPLY IT in your daily life.
God supplies it. We APPLY IT.
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
How many of you have your bookmarks from last week?
We’ll utilize some of those same questions and a few of my own in our time this morning. And since we’re good students of the Bible and know how to study it, we’ll do that with this one verse today.
I need someone to read the verse.
“Then he said.” Stop right there. Who said? Jesus; how do you know that? Context.
Keep reading… “to them all.” To who all? The disciples; how do you know that? v. 18. I’m asking and being very meticulous because we should never assume who the Bible is talking about. We want to know what the passage is saying, and what this meant to the original audience, this is important for the next part.
“if anyone desires to come after Me,” stop right there.
I want to ask you something very very VERY important. And you can answer this to yourself. Do you desire to follow Jesus? i’m gonna ask you again, do you DESIRE to follow Jesus? Do you REALLY DESIRE to follow Jesus?
IF you DESIRE to follow Jesus here’s what Jesus himself says its gonna cost you:
Keep reading. “let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
What are the three things Jesus says you need to do if you want to follow him?
Deny. Take up Cross. Follow.
with the person closest next to you I want you to each think
Surrender. Suffer. Sacrifice.
So when we ask the question “What does this passage demand of you?” if you want to follow Jesus, it means To deny yourself; What does it mean to deny yourself?
with the person closest next to you I want you to each think of one way to deny yourself, and we’ll all share together. I’m gonna give y’all 30 seconds to think of something, but you wont share it till the end of the 30 seconds when i tell you.
What are some ways y’all thought of?
To deny yourself is to turn from your selfish ways. We must say no to our pleasures and possessions; you have to surrender yourself to him. Deny — Surrender
Split into groups and think of 2 ways to deny yourself for the cause of Christ.
What else does the passage demand of you? To take up your cross daily; What does it mean to “take up your cross”?
with the person closest next to you I want you to each think of one way to take up your cross and we’ll all share together. This time y’all can talk during the 30 seconds together, and combine both of your ideas into one idea.
Let me explain a little bit about the cross. The cross was one of the most shameful ways one was punished. One was also to carry their cross to the place they would be crucified. So when we have the image of Jesus carrying his cross, this was a shameful thing. He was being mocked, ridiculed, spat at; this is a moment of shame and Jesus still carries his cross.
When Jesus says take up your cross and follow me daily he speaks to the extent of your denial and devotion to him. Are you willing to live unashamed of the fact that Jesus is your savior? Are you willingly ready to be made fun of, to not be invited to go hang out with some friends, even not being liked by some of your own family members. Are you going to take up your cross and live a life that pleases God.
The extent of your denial and devotion. are you willing to live unashamed of the fact that Jesus is your savior? Are you willingly ready to be made fun of, to not be invited to go hang out with some friends, even not being liked by some of your own family members. Are you going to take up your cross and live a life that pleases God.
(There’s a you to loose, and a you to keep. An authentic way that God wants you to live. God wants you to suffer to the things of the world and live for Him.)?
So how does this change the way you relate to people?
Unashamed living. It means that you suffer for the sake of the gospel. It means that you WILL experience shame from the world for being a follower of Jesus on a regular basis; daily suffer for Jesus. Do you love Jesus enough to suffer for him as he did for you? And that suffering might mean you loose all of your friends at school because they disagree with you and your faith, and they dont want to hang out with you anymore. We can’t crucify ourselves, but we can still give up our bodies. Take up your cross — Suffer.
What’s the last thing the passage demands of you? To follow Jesus; What does it mean to follow Jesus?
with the person closest next to you I want you to each think of one way to take up your cross and we’ll all share together. talk during the 30 seconds together, and combine both of your ideas into one idea, of what it means to follow Jesus for y’all.
Share what it means to follow Jesus.
It means you Leave behind what you had, and deny yourself, and take up your cross, even unto death. To follow Jesus is to sacrifice your life and every aspect of it. Follow — Sacrifice.
What does this passage prompt you to pray?
I’m going to pass out some bookmarks i made for y’all and help explain what i’ll want you to do with them.
What we have here are 7 Arrows of Bible Reading. they’re another great tool to keep in your Bible when you read it. Speaking of Bible tools, there are some Bibles that have really great resources in them to help you with observation, interpretation, and application. Just ask Athena, Pearl, or Sorana to show you their Bibles.
Back to the Arrows. I’m going to explain the arrows then show you how to use them in my example in v. 16-17 and then i’ll give you some time to work through v. 18, 19, or 20 with your partner.:
What did the passage mean to its original audience? This is interpretation. You begin to read the context and use other biblical texts and tools to help you come to a right interpretation.
What does this passage tell us about man? Specifically, how can you point out our fallen condition, and what does it reveal about sin and our need for the gospel?
What does this passage demand of me? Here’s were application sets in: now that we’ve observed and made interpretations, we can rightly find out how to apply what the Bible calls us to do.
How does this passage change the way I relate to people? So we know what it demands of us individually, how does the verse apply in my interactions with others and how i can live on mission in the world?
And finally, What does this passage prompt me to pray to God? Having gone through observations, interpretations, and applications, this should already have begun to stir something in me to want to do something, so how can i pray about what i’m reading? How can i pray what i’m reading? In other words, pray that God would show help you apply the application you’ve come to for yourself and for others.
So here’s how that looks like for v. 16 and v.17
This passage is saying the eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee cuz Jesus told them to go there and they worshiped him, but some doubted.
This says about God that we should be obedient to what Jesus tells us to do and that Jesus is worthy of worship.
This tells me that even though we should worship and we obey, sometimes our fallen nature leads us to doubt God anyway.
But this passage demands obedience for Jesus because he’s worthy of worship.
And this helps me help those who doubt not doubt Jesus who’s worthy of worship and to be obeyed.
So my prayer is that God, i pray I would be obedient as the disciples were to listen to your instruction and that doubt would not stop me from worshipping you.
It’s that simple y’all. Now i’m going to give you some time to work through v. 18, 19, or 20 with your partner.
In your groups take the next 3 min to write down your answers in very short sentences about your verse.
Let’s talk about verses 18, 19, and 20
Share with us your answers.
I’m going to hit the high points of each which most of y’all touched one.
18. Jesus has all authority, so because he has all authority we must be obedient, even when we’re fearful. There will be times when we may be scared to share the gospel or be asked a question about God we can’t answer, and it’s normal to feel that way, but know you have permission to speak and exercise courage.
It’s like going on a field trip, you gotta have a signed permission slipped from a guardian/parent/authority to go. “Go” was Jesus’ permission slip to his disciples and for us.
which brings us to v. 19. GO. we talked about this “go” best described as “as you’re going” or “while you’re going,” to make disciples. So as you’re living your life in school, at home, and your neighborhood, be making disciples. How do i make disciples you might ask? It might be teaching a new christian how to pray or study their bible, or teaching someone how to share their testimony story. It might be sharing your faith with them. But it starts in your home, then city, then go to the world. These are good ways to start, and even though some of these may be hard for us, guess what v. 20 says:
Jesus will always be with us. And He’s with us through the Holy Spirit who dwells inside of us who are in Christ, so we can access the power in his name 24/7 when we experience doubt, or fear, or shame.
If you DESIRE to be a healthy disciple of Jesus, what should you do?
On the back of your bookmarks i want you to write a few things:
Take up your cross—Suffer Daily
Your name and write down Mon, Tuesday, Wed, Thur, Fri, and Sat: leave a space in between each day.
So how does this passage prompt us to pray?
Under monday write: v. 16
Under tuesday write: v. 17
We pray for God to show us where we’re not denying ourselves, or taking up our cross, and for help to do this through the holy spirit who lives inside of us, so we can follow Jesus the way HE wants us to, not the way we want to.