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Following Jesus means embracing His purpose and His practice.
This world can offer only shallow, temporary happiness. Releasing everything to follow Jesus is the path to deep and lasting joy.
Following Jesus is an all-or-nothing commitment.
Deitrich Bonhoeffer said, "Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of the church. We are fighting today for costly grace." Costly grace is what Jesus lays out in Luke 9 as he calls people to the radical cost of following him. The cost of Christ is the cost of his cross. Amazingly, the rewards are even greater! *Apologies for the abbreviated audio. We only captured the end of the sermon.
Being Christian and calling Jesus Lord is more than just words. We are called to live according to the Word of God... but what does that mean? The introduction to the series calls us to follow the example of Jesus.
The Identity of Jesus changes everything. Indeed, it (His Identity) has forever altered the course of history. It (His Identity) ought to also forever alter the course of the lives of those who follow Him.
What does it mean to be on a true spiritual journey? Jesus has some really definitive things to say about that as he calls Matthew into a journey that would change his life forever.
1. KNOW JESUS CHRIST: and guard against satanic-deception. ● Christ is the wisdom of God: 1Cor 1:24; 2:1ff; Col 2. ● Jesus in Revelation: Rev 1:1 – Revelation is about/from Jesus; Rev 1:9ff – Jesus is the Exalted Christ; Rev 2 & 3 – the Lord of the Church; Rev 5 – the Lamb who was slain/worthy open scroll; Rev 6 – opens the scroll; Rev 7 – Lamb who is worshipped by the great multitude; Rev 12 – male child who defeats Satan; Rev 14 – Lamb who is standing victorious; Rev 17 – Lamb who conquers the beast; Rev 19 – Divine Warrior; Rev 20 – He reigns for 1000yrs; Rev 21 & 22 – Lamb who is the Temple and the light. 2. FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST: and persevere through tribulation. ● The Tribulation: Acts 2 – the Last Days are now; Rev 1:9 the Tribulation is now; Mth 24 & Mk 13 – the entire church age is a tribulation, like birth pains which will climax at the end. ● Following Jesus as the Lamb: Heb 11 & 12. 3. KNOW THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD: and be assured of our salvation. ● God’s sovereignty over evil: Lev 26:14ff. ● God’s sovereignty and our assurance of salvation: Rev 1 – Exalted Christ reigns over the churches; Rev 7 – the 144k are sealed; Rev 11 – the two martyred witnesses raised back to life; Rev 12 – the woman/people of God are nourished by God in the wilderness; Rev 14 – the 144k are standing victorious with the Lamb after the tribulation; Rev 20 – the resurrected believers are reigning with Christ for 1000yrs; Rev 21 & 22 – all God’s people are in fellowship with Him. 4. WORSHIP GOD: and stand against idolatrous-compromise (see Rom 12:1-2; and the 7 churches of Rev 2 & 3). 5. TRUST IN GOD FOR OUR DAILY NEEDS: and bear witness to the gospel (the Wilderness theme: see Rev 12 and the Exodus).