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1/27/19 – MS
Theme Verse: Then He [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
Biblical concept of marriage: 1 + 1 = 1
“Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:16-26)
There was no way he could follow Jesus without denying himself.
Self-denial is the clearest evidence of committed love.
- What do you think making a decision to follow Christ usually means to people? What do you think about having to give all of your life to Him?
- Todd shared that the rich young ruler wanted to just add Jesus to everything else he already had… he wanted to keep part of his life separate. Why won’t that work?
- What are some things that are kind of “all or nothing” decisions? Does it seem fair or right that Jesus is an all or nothing decision?
- What are the things in your life right now that you put before your relationship with Jesus? (Consider how you spend your time and money, where you put your energy and focus, and what you care most about – your plans and purpose or God’s.)