When we gathered on Sunday, it was to finish up our journey through the question: Are you a follower of Jesus or merely a fan? A fan, just to remind you, is “an enthusiastic admirer”. A fan has the poster on the wall, knows all the stats and cheers from the sidelines.
The only way to know the difference between being a fan and being a follower is to discover what Jesus says a follower looks like. That, really, has been the whole point of this journey. We want to discover what Jesus defines being a follower as, and then see how we measure up.
Principles of following:
1) Jesus is the only one worth following. 2) Following is essential to believing, just as believing is essential to following. 3) following means being a doulos (slave) to Jesus. 4) following means expecting Jesus to interfere with your life. 5) A follower knows Jesus intimately. 6) A follower follows Jesus in a community of other followers. 7) A follower follows Jesus on mission. 8) Following Jesus is costly. 9) A follower becomes more like Jesus as they follow him.
Sermon Big Idea:
Following Jesus is worth the hardship and the costs that following might bring.
- Jesus defines what it means to be a follower, not you or I.
- It is not about how we compare to other people, it is not about denominational measures, or family heritage or Biblical knowledge.
- Jesus’ definition is not easy! But is it worth it?
- God wants to transform our lives, in giving us new lives. (Romans 6:1-4)
- New zoe (spiritual) life.
- Before we knew Christ we were spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1)
- Abundant (overflowing quality of life that Jesus came to give), spiritual life (John 10:10)
- We have to be convinced that this new life in Christ is enough. We have to learn contentment (Philippians 4:12-13)
- What does following Jesus supply? (Psalm 23)
- Contentment (vs 1)
- Rest (vs 2)
- Guidance (vs 3)
- Safety (vs 4)
- Provision (vs 5)
- A home (vs 6)
- Can God really provide these things? YES. His proof is in his power displayed in Jesus’ resurrection. His proof is the victory we have been given through Jesus.
Take some time to answer the question “Are you a follower?” in light of how Jesus defines that relationship?
Questions for families with small children:
Pick one or two of the principles of following and talk to your children about how you can be living them out in your family life.
Are you a follower?