• How can we really learn to follow
Jesus? John 6:44-45; 17:17
• As we seek to grow up in Christ we
need to learn and appl...
“If anyone desires to come after Me”
• One must truly desire to “come after” or
follow Christ. Luke 9:23
• If one does not...
“Let him deny himself”
• There are things we must deny/give up
concerning our own desires in order to follow
Jesus!
• Give...
“And take up his cross daily
and follow Me”
• We take up our own cross and sacrifice to God
our daily devotion to Him by f...
Will You Give Up To Go Up?
• May we decide to say like Paul did in Philippians
3:7-11!
• We know that to gain the whole wo...
You Have To Give Up To Go Up
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You Have To Give Up To Go Up

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Lesson by Mike Smith Do you want to live a life that excels? Jesus teaches how we must give up to go up!

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You Have To Give Up To Go Up

  1. 1. • How can we really learn to follow Jesus? John 6:44-45; 17:17 • As we seek to grow up in Christ we need to learn and apply God’s truth in our lives. Lk. 11:28; Mt. 28:20 • What will one need to do to go onto spiritual maturity and ultimately heaven? Luke 9:23-25
  2. 2. “If anyone desires to come after Me” • One must truly desire to “come after” or follow Christ. Luke 9:23 • If one does not truly desire this they will not really come after Him. – Some believed Jesus, but their desire was to please men not God. John 12:42-43 – Some teach for selfishness and other reasons this is not following Christ. Phil. 1:15-16 – Some followed Jesus for the food to eat not for the spiritual food. John 6:26-27 • Be sure to follow Jesus for the right reasons. Mark 12:30; 1 Jn. 4:19
  3. 3. “Let him deny himself” • There are things we must deny/give up concerning our own desires in order to follow Jesus! • Give up sinful things which destroy you! 1 Peter 2:11; Romans 13:14 • Give up selfishness and grow in love! Phil. 2:3-4; Romans 13:8; James 3:13-16 • Give up evil thinking! Mt. 15:19-20; Rom. 12:9 • Stop following things which don’t satisfy! Hebrews 11:25; Mt. 5:6
  4. 4. “And take up his cross daily and follow Me” • We take up our own cross and sacrifice to God our daily devotion to Him by following Christ in all that we do. Luke 9:23 • We must go up to Jesus! Mt. 11:28-30 • We go up to righteousness in our living! 1 Corinthians 15:34; Phil. 1:10-11 • Go up to God’s truth unashamed! Romans 1:1-17; 1 John 2:24-28; 6:63 • Go up to a life changer to do something great for God… 1 Cor. 9:22; 1 Thes. 5:15
  5. 5. Will You Give Up To Go Up? • May we decide to say like Paul did in Philippians 3:7-11! • We know that to gain the whole world would be to lose our life/soul. Luke 9:24-25; Mt. 16:26 • Today you can come to Jesus and be saved! Acts 4:12 • Hear & believe… Acts 18:8; 15:7 • Repent… Acts 2:38 • Confess… Acts 8:37 • Baptism… Acts 22:16

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