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Dr. Ralph Kerr with the Teaching and Learning Institute talks about the high default rate on student loans at Christian Colleges
It's amazing how badly flawed all 11 of the remaining disciples where. Yet Jesus chooses the biggest failure of them all (apart from Judas Iscariot), Peter, to be responsible for the feeding of his church. Restoration is costly business, but when Jesus is involved, it's always worth it. This message looks at how Jesus does that with all of us and the truth that failure is never final with Him.
Twenty one weeks ago we began our thirty-one week journey through the Bible. Every chapter, every page, tells the extent God will go to in order to get us back. God wants to recapture his original vision to be with us, but sin must be dealt with.
Following Jesus and what it will cost
Part 1. Cost has is more than what you pay. It is what you lose or give up to gain something else. Jesus described the cost of eternity.
Sometimes we can't comprehend the suffering that we see and experience in this world. But if we deny ourselves and fully submit to God's will for our lives, we are promised that these sufferings will eventually end. When His kingdom comes, we will bask in the perfect and eternal glory of Christ!
Matthew's account of Jesus' calling of his first disciples reveals that discipleship to Jesus was on God's terms not theirs; it required complete surrender. Of course, the disciples had to learn what this meant for them as they followed Jesus. Discipleship to Jesus is a perpetually growing relationship in which Jesus is in charge, and the disciple lacks nothing of what he or she needs. While Jesus has regard for the individuality of his disciples, their individuality was never the focus of their relationship to Jesus and was not allowed to define what their discipleship entailed. Jesus is in charge, not the disciple. Mere emotions cannot suffice to energize discipleship to the Lord Jesus and neither can the pursuit of self-fulfillment in the name of serving God; discipleship to Jesus is under his control and command.
What does it mean to follow Jesus. Are we really "in"?