Following Jesus in the 21st Century Part 2: What does it mean to follow Jesus in the 21st Century?

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Following Jesus in the 21st Century

Part 2: What does it mean to follow Jesus in the 21st Century?

Pastor Elio's sermon notes for Friday July 23rd & Sunday July 25th, 2021

The fact is, Jesus never said, “Admire Me.” Jesus said, “Follow Me.”

The fact is, Jesus never said, “Admire Me.” Jesus said, “Follow Me.”

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

“Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have!” Billy Graham

“Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have!” Billy Graham

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

Matthew 8:19-22 NIV
19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

A person who really wants to follow Jesus must first count the cost of what they’re about to do.

A person who really wants to follow Jesus must first count the cost of what they’re about to do.

Matthew 13:18-23 NIV
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

 

Matthew 8:21-23 NIV
21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.

 

Luke 12:51-52 NIV
51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.

Truth is more important than unity.

Truth is more important than unity.

You can have harmony with God and conflict with people, or you can have harmony with people and find yourself in conflict with the living God who loves you.

You can have harmony with God and conflict with people, or you can have harmony with people and find yourself in conflict with the living God who loves you.

1- A follower of Jesus follows Him each and every day.

1- A follower of Jesus follows Him each and every day.

2- A follower of Jesus can’t say goodbye to the old life fast enough.

2- A follower of Jesus can’t say goodbye to the old life fast enough.

A follower of Jesus cares about unbelievers and wants to reach them.

A follower of Jesus cares about unbelievers and wants to reach them.

4- A follower of Jesus loves Him more than anyone or anything else.

4- A follower of Jesus loves Him more than anyone or anything else.

Song of Songs 2:15 NLT
15 Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard of love, for the grapevines are blossoming!

 

 

 

 

 

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