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We cannot live as though we can do everything ourselves. We need to trust in Jesus. Luke 11 shows this in unexpected ways
Introducing people into the faith of discipleship requires flexibility. People take time to grow into mature followers of Jesus.
This message deals with the second of the three enemies of the soul: The Flesh. The struggle with the flesh represents the internal battle that goes on in the mind of each believer between the Holy Spirit and the "old man" or "sinful nature." Three strategies for winning the war with the flesh include run, renew your mind, and live under the control of the Holy Spirit.
We hope to hear the call to be wise as told repeatedly in Revelations. We continue our sermon series that coincides with the Study Group material entitled God Wins. May we all discover that this story is the story that we find ourselves in.
This week we continue our Field of Dreams with a sermon entitled "A Practical Guide to Discipleship."
We are in the Gospel of John again today. We began this year considering the 7 miracles of Jesus as told my John. Beginning last Sunday, and continuing today, we are considering the 7 “I Am” statements of John. Seven times, John records Jesus proclaiming Himself with the introductory formula “I am.” Last week, we considered the statement “I am the bread of life.” We said that just as bread sustains our lives physically, Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the one that sustain us spiritually and eternally. Today, we turn our attention to a second statement: “I am the light of the world.” All of these statements are so important. All of these statements and so these sermons deal with a most important question: “Who is Jesus?” You know, if we get that question right, most other things are going to take care of themselves. So, who is Jesus? He is the Light of the World. What does that mean?
Following Jesus and what it will cost
Have you ever seen a bobble-head doll? You know, it’s an animated caricature or doll of a celebrity, animal or sports star, with an under-developed body (small) and a disproportionately large head, usually attached to a spring, which makes it bounce and look pretty silly. What about a bobble-head Jesus? Have you ever seen one of those? That sounds irreverent, huh? But when you see a church where Jesus is supposed to be Lord and the Head of that church, but the church is weak in the area of discipleship and disciple-making, you are sort of looking at a caricature or “bobble-head” of Jesus, where He is the Head, as He should be, but His church is under-developed and disproportionately smaller. This represents a distortion of the Body of Christ, that God never intended. Disciple-ship and disciple-making have an agenda. That agenda is self-conquest and world-conquest--that God’s Kingdom might advance in our hearts and that it might advance, through His servants, into the hearts of men, women and young people world-wide.
In "Velvet Elvis," Rob Bell stated that "Christian is a great noun and a poor adjective." This message is a meditation on the dangers that come from getting too used to using the word "Christian" as an adjective, applying it to things, rather than people.