Published on August 28, 2008
Being a follower of Jesus: Its responsibilities, challenges and joys
In the beginning—God’s plan: God And God saw that every-thing was very good! Adam, Eve Let us make human beings in our image. Let them take care of the garden for us. Life, blessing
But then Adam and Eve decided not to listen to God God God’s life wasn’t shared with the world. Death began to squeeze the life out of us. Evil & violence spread everywhere. Adam, Eve violence death hate greed war
Thankfully, God didn’t give up! God Partnership : I will be your God, you will be my people 10 Commandments: God comes first No images of God No misuse of God Remember 7 th day Honor parents No murder No adultery No stealing No false witness No desiring what others have Through you all the nations will be blessed. life, blessing Israel
God comes first
No images of God
No misuse of God
Remember 7 th day
No false witness
No desiring what others have
But Israel didn’t listen to God either! God They broke the partnership; they acted like all the other nations. They didn’t bring God’s life to the world. Israel Oppression, violence, death injustice
So, God decided to take things into his own hands: God God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Jesus Anyone who believes in him will not really die, but will have eternal life. John 3:16 Forgiveness, reconciliation, justice, peace, life
What did Jesus say first? “ The time has come,” Jesus said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” The kingdom of God = God is taking charge! Everything will be as God wants it to be. Repent = turn back to God and live! Stop ignoring God, stop doing what displeases God, Believe the good news = allow God to take charge of your life.
What did Jesus do first? As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “ Come, follow me ,” Jesus said. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James… and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they…followed him. -Mark 1:16-20 What is Jesus doing here?
Jesus began to gather people around him. Let me guide you; learn from me for I am gentle and humble and you will find rest for your souls. You, follow me! Come to me, all of you who are tired and carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest. You, become one of my disciples! Align your life to mine!
Let me guide you; learn from me for I am gentle and humble and you will find rest for your souls.
God in Jesus was reconciling the world to himself God Through you all the nations will be blessed. You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Let your light shine in front of others. Jesus and his followers Forgiveness, reconciliation, life
What types of people is Jesus looking for? Blessed are those who are spiritually needy. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Blessed are those who are sad. They will be comforted Blessed are those who are free of pride. They will be given the earth. Blessed are those who are hungry and thirsty for what is right. They will be filled.
What types of people is Jesus looking for? Blessed are those who show mercy. They will be shown mercy. Blessed are those whose hearts are pure. They will see God. Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called children of God.
What types of people is Jesus looking for? Blessed are those who suffer for doing what is right. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Blessed are you when people make fun of you and hurt you because of me. Be joyful and be glad. Your reward in heaven in great.
He began to teach them: You have been told: Do not kill. I tell you: Do not be angry with your brother or sister. Do not call them “idiot” or “stupid!” You have been told: Be faithful in marriage. I tell you: “If you look at another woman and want her, you are already unfaithful in your thoughts. If your right eye causes you to sin, poke it out and throw it away!
You have been told: Do not kill.
He began to teach them: You have been told: Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. I tell you: Do not fight against an evil person. When people ask you for something, give it to them. You have been told: Love your neighbor; hate your enemy I tell you: Love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.
He began to teach them: Do not invest in the riches of earth—they lose their value so quickly. Instead, invest in the riches of heaven—they’ll always be there. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time. Don’t worry about food or clothing. If you’re going to worry about anything, worry about serving God and his kingdom. If you don’t want to be judged, don’t you judge others.
He began to teach them: When you pray, keep it simple and direct: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts (sins) as we forgive our debtors (those who sin against us). Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (For yours is the kingdom and the glory and the power forever. Amen.)
He began to teach them: Everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock. The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house, but it does not fall. It is built on the rock.
He began to teach them: But everyone who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man. He builds his house on sand. The rain comes down. The water rises. The winds blow and beat against that house. And it falls with a loud crash! The choice is ours.
How can we be the followers Jesus wants us to be? The Holy Spirit , whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. -John 14:26 You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will be my witnesses from one end of the earth to the other. -Acts 1:8 Live by the Holy Spirit’s power . The fruit that the Holy Spirit produces is love , joy , peace , patience kindness , goodness , faithfulness , gentleness and self-control . -Galatians 5:16, 22-23
Being a follower of Jesus What does Jesus want us to be ? Like him! What might that mean? Where and how can we learn to be like Jesus? With other people, worshiping him, listening to what he said, studying what he did talking to him in prayer
Being a follower of Jesus What does Jesus want us to do ? That depends: What are we good at doing? What do we like to do? What Jesus is most interested in is how we can bring his blessings of forgiveness, hope, and reconciliation to people through what we do.
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