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Sundayschoollesson20090927 090928194301 Phpapp01 Sundayschoollesson20090927 090928194301 Phpapp01 Presentation Transcript

  • September 27, 2009
  • Grow Team News [email_address]
  • Serve Team News [email_address] F - First I - Impressions T - Team
  • Serve Team News
    • November 20 th - Practices Begin
    • January 9 th – First Game
    • Needs:
    • Evaluations
    • Coaches (Lead and Assistant)
    • Referee
    • Post-Game Clean-up
    • Devotions Leaders
    • Prayer Team members
    • Greeters
    • Year-end Celebration
  • Rescue Team News Team Meeting Tuesday Oct 13 th , 2009
  • Announcements EI Bible School Men’s Fall Retreat
  • Class Name
    • Faith Seekers
    • Prayer Requests
    • &
    • Praise Reports
  • Know Jesus
    • 09/06 : The Jesus People Should Know
      • Mark 1
    • 09/13 : The People Jesus Knows
      • Mark 2
    • 09/20 : The Challenges of Knowing Jesus
      • Mark 6
    • 09/27 : The Results of Knowing Jesus
      • Mark 8
    • Are you a disciple of Jesus?
  • What does it mean to be a disciple?
    • Follow His teaching
    • Being a guide to others
    • Being an example
    • Mimics someone else (actions, character, in every way)
    • Promoting what you believe
    • Desires to learn and act upon that knowledge
    • Can you be a Christian and not be a Disciple?
  • The Gospel of Mark Mark 8 Messiah Son of God Authority Power The Way of the Cross
  • Focal Passage
    • Mark 8:34-38
  • Mark 8:34-38
    • 34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
  • Mark 8:34-38
    • 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
  • Mark 8:34-38
    • 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."
  • The Process of Discipleship
    • If anyone would come after me, he must...
    • Deny himself
    • Take up his cross
    • Follow me
  • To deny yourself means to….
    • Not getting what you want, but what you can do for God
    • Giving up control
    • Sacrifice
    • Getting rid of your pride and arrogance
    • Putting others before yourself
  • What does it mean to deny yourself?
    • Denying Our….
    • Self-trust
    • Self-sufficiency
    • Right to run our own lives
    • Love of ourselves
    “ People will be lovers of themselves” 2 Timothy 3:2
  • Denying Yourself
    • It is my pride that makes me independent of God. It's appealing to me to feel that I am the master of my fate, that I run my own life, call my own shots, go it alone. But, that feeling is my basic dishonesty. I can't go it alone. I have to get help from other people, and I can't ultimately rely on myself. I'm dependent on God for my very next breath. It is dishonest of me to pretend that I'm anything but a man -- small, weak, and limited.
  • Denying Yourself
    • So, living independent of God is self-delusion. It is not just a matter of pride being an unfortunate little trait, and humility being an attractive little virtue; it's my inner psychological integrity that's at stake. When I am conceited, I am lying to myself about what I am. I am pretending to be God, and not man. My pride is the idolatrous worship of myself. And that is the national religion of Hell!
    The Art of Being a Big Shot – Howard Butt
  • The Process of Discipleship
    • If anyone would come after me, he must……
    • Deny himself
    • Take up his cross
    • Follow me
  • To “take up his cross” means to…
    • To die to yourself – doing God’s will rather than your own – putting action to words
    • Not an easy task – going against the current
    • Doing something out of devotion rather than duty
    • To become like Jesus – bring others like Christ
  • What does “take up his cross” mean? 1 Corinthians 13 Patient Kind Does not Envy Does not Boast Is not proud Is not rude Is not self-seeking Is not easily angered Keeps no record of wrongs Does not delight in evil Rejoices with the truth Always protects Always trusts Always hopes Always perseveres Never fails Mark 7:21-22 “ What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean. For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. ” 1 John 5:8 “ God is Love” Our Character God’s Character Character of Love Willingly seeking death to oneself
  • The Process of Discipleship
    • If anyone would come after me, he must……
    • Deny himself
    • Take up his cross
    • Follow me
  • “Follow me” means to…
    • Living every day as he lived
    • A daily commitment
    • Be willing to leave everything you have
    • Being willing to be led
    • A call to action – so others in turn will follow also
  • “Follow me” means to…
    • To submit to His authority
    • To adopt His world view
      • “ Love your enemy ” - Matthew 5:44
      • “ Pray for those who hurt you ” - Matthew 5:44
      • “ Forgive those who offend you ” - Matthew 6:14-15
      • “ Be kind to the ungrateful and selfish ” - Luke 6:35
      • “ Bear one another’s burdens ” - Galatians 6:2
      • “ Freely you have received, freely give ” - Matthew 10:8
    • To participate in what He did
    • … An ongoing, daily commitment
  • Mark 8:34-38
    • 35For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
  • Your Life Purpose Determines your Treasure Dissatisfaction Emptiness Worthless Give it away for Christ and the Gospel Gain the World Contentment Satisfaction Worth To Save it To Lose it Eternity separated from God Eternity with God
  • Mark 8:34-38
    • 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."
  • What does it mean to be “ashamed” of Jesus?
  • What does it mean to be “ashamed” of Jesus?
    • Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
    • Matthew 7:22-23
    • Can you be a Christian and not be a Disciple?
  • Being a Disciple
    • Deny Yourself:
      • Make Jesus your Lord and not just your Savior.
    • Take up your Cross:
      • Willfully seek and use every opportunity to be transformed into His image.
    • Follow Him:
      • Jesus promises us a life of abundance only through discipleship
  • Homework
    • Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?
    • What in your life have you not submitted to Jesus’ Lordship ?
    • Are you willfully carrying your cross of sanctification, or are you just bearing undesired burdens?
    • Email Distribution List
      • Bcbc-sundayschool.googlegroups.com
    • Class Blog
      • Bcbc-sundayschool.blogspot.com