Following Jesus in the 21st Century Part 1: What does it mean to follow Jesus in the 21st Century?

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Following Jesus in the 21st Century

Part 1: What does it mean to follow Jesus in the 21st Century?

Pastor Elio's sermon notes for Friday July 16th & Sunday July 18th, 2021

 

 

 

But the fact is, Jesus never said, “Admire Me.” Jesus said: “Follow Me.”

But the fact is, Jesus never said, “Admire Me.” Jesus said: “Follow Me.”

Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

 

Matthew 7:24-25 NIV
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

A follower is one who builds his house on the WORDS OF JESUS; the one who hears God’s Word and puts it in practice!

A follower is one who builds his house on the WORDS OF JESUS; the one who hears God’s Word and puts it in practice!

Matthew 9:9-13 NIV
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

 

Matthew 4:19 NIV
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

 

“The self-condemned will find Him generous and kind. To the frightened He is friendly, to the poor in spirit He is forgiving, to the ignorant, considerate; to the weak, gentle; to the stranger, hospitable.” A.W. Tozer

“The self-condemned will find Him generous and kind. To the frightened He is friendly, to the poor in spirit He is forgiving, to the ignorant, considerate; to the weak, gentle; to the stranger, hospitable.” A.W. Tozer

What Matthew didn’t take into account is that we have a God who responds to our longings.

What Matthew didn’t take into account is that we have a God who responds to our longings.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 NIV
12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

Matthew 9:9 NIV
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

 

- Have you and I even begun to realize what a privilege it is that we have been called by God to follow His Son, Jesus Christ?

– Have you and I even begun to realize what a privilege it is that we have been called by God to follow His Son, Jesus Christ?

1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV
9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1 Peter 2:9 NIV
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

What does it mean in the 21st Century to be a follower of Christ?

What does it mean in the 21st Century to be a follower of Christ?

Romans 13:14 NIV
14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.

 

“…he arose and followed Him.”

“…he arose and followed Him.”

Luke 5:28 NIV
28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.

 

Luke 5:29 NLT
29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them.

 

What we gave up is nothing compared to the wonderful and awesome privileges that God has given to us!

What we gave up is nothing compared to the wonderful and awesome privileges that God has given to us!

 

Philippians 3:7-9 NIV
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

 

Matthew 9:10 NIV
10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.

 

 

 

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