Sunday Recap for September 7, 2014

September 8, 2014 | by: Phil Wages | 0 Comments

Posted in: Sunday Recap | Tags: Luke, discipleship, mission, priority

On Sunday morning I preached Luke 9:57-62, "One Way to Follow Jesus."

TEXTUAL IDEA:  Jesus demanded that following Him must be the priority of the lives of these three men.

SERMON IDEA:  Jesus demands that following Him must be the priority of every Christian’s life.

Is following Jesus the priority of your life?

This text reveals three demands of following Jesus as the sole priority of life.

I. Following Jesus must take priority over earthly comforts (57-58).
II Corinthians 6 :3-5 : We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;

II Corinthians 11:24-28: From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

II. Following Jesus must take priority over earthly kindred (59-60).
Matthew 12:46-50: While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.” But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

Matthew 10:37-39: He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

III. Following Jesus must take priority over earthly concerns (61-62).
II Timothy 4:10: for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.

Philippians 3:13: Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.

We resumed Sunday evening services and I continued preaching through the gospel of Luke. I preached the second half of Luke 10:1-24 in a sermon entitled, "It's All about the Mission (Luke 10:13-24)."

TEXTUAL IDEA:  Luke recorded how Jesus sent seventy disciples out to accomplish His mission.

SERMON IDEA:  Christians have been sent out by Jesus to accomplish His mission.

I. We should be urgent in the mission of Jesus (13-16).
Matthew 11:20-24: Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

Galatians 4:14: And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:8: Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

II. We should be joyful in the mission of Jesus (17-20).
Philippians 4:3: And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Hebrews 12:23: to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect.

III. We should be blessed in the mission of Jesus (21-24).
A. Blessed because God’s truth has been revealed to us (21).
Matthew 11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

B. Blessed because God’s Son has been revealed to us (22).
Matthew 11:26-27: Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

C. Blessed because God’s plan has been explained to us (23-24).
Matthew 13:16-17: But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

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