Follow – a new three part sermon series
Follow, a three part series, begins on the 21 June 2009
I recently came across a comment by Scott Knight on The Resurgence website where he talks about Discipleship (click here to read). Scott Knight talks about the word ‘disciple’ and how in his experience he has known it used in only two connections; the church and in the area of martial arts.
He talks about meeting an individual at a fight and asking him where he trained. The individual said that he was ‘a disciple of Renzo Gracie’. Scott Knight said this answer told him more about the man than if he had ‘the location and name of the gym he trains at, the names of his coaches, and the types of classes he attends’. He knew that the man was committed to becoming the same fighter as his hero, and that everything else was first and foremost a way of achieving that goal.
This Sunday morning we will be starting a new three part series entitled, Follow. We will be considering our relation with Christ, his call for us to be disciples and the cost involved in following him.
Consider how people view Christianity today? Christians are often viewed as passive, gullible, they’ll-believe-anything kind of people with a naïve slant on the world. This is not the life that Jesus Christ calls us to lead. Jesus calls us to follow him however great the cost and however difficult the path might be,
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (Matthew 10:37-38)
I long for Firwood Church to understand and to fully take hold of what it means to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we become alive to all that he calls us to be, we will be a people who persevere in times of trial and rejoice in times of suffering. My prayer is that, as with the fighter in the opening paragraph, when we talk to people and we tell them we are ‘a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ’ they will see in our steadfast endurance, that Jesus Christ is our Hero, our King and our greatest treasure.
FOLLOW – A THREE PART SERIES
21 June 2009 The Beginning Pastor Ronnie Evans
28 June 2009 The Cost Pastor Ronnie Evans
05 July 2009 The Reward Pastor Ronnie Evans