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Summary: What does it take to be a True Disciple of Christ. How can we express our faith in ways that are real and relevant?

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3-D CHRISTIANITY

Adding Depth To Your Wak of Faith

INTRODUCTION: Have you ever looked at a paintin that was unrealistic and 2 dimensional? They fail to communicate depth and look fake and superficial. THis is especially the case when children draw pictures. Everything seems to bhe suspended on the page and all the objects are 2 dimensional and flat. THat is because the children have yet to learn how to communicate depth in their work.

This is a problem with young Christians as well. WE have yet to learn how to communicate the depth of our fait and so we seem to be superficial and lacking depth. Our faith, to the world, looks very unrealistic and fake.

A good artist will use various techniqhues to create a sense of depth in his work. This draws the observer into his heart and work. It seems real and engaging. THis is what we must do as God’s people. We must discover how we can truly "draw" others into God’s Kingdom.

Ephesians 2 tells us that we are saved by grace through faith. Then Paul goes on to say that we are His (God’s) workmanship created in Christ Jess unto good works. We are the work of God. We are his painting, if you will. We are the artwork that he uses to invite the world into His Kingdom.

Why else are we here. Consider: Why didn’t God just beam us home the moment we wee saved? Why not that day, or even that week. You may say, to tell others about our experience. This is true, but I could certainly tell everyone I know w/in a week of beingsaved. So why the wait? Because we are hids workmanship. We are to show forth the praises and glory of God on earth that God’s truth and holiness may be seen and admired by all.

We are here as Ambassadors For Christ - according to the Apostle Paul. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Let me ask you, who wants to be reconciled to a God whose peopleare fakes and phonies and superficial? No one wants to join a bunch of 2 dimensional stick people!!!

Here is our problem. Much of the modern day church is superficial, self help, glad handing, back slapping, mask wearing art. The early church found great success and growth, but did so by becoiming true disciples of Christ.

I have titled todays message: 3-D CHRISTIANITY.

Read TEXT: LUKE 9:23-26

the Goals of today’s message:

1. To reveal the calling of God that we may clearly see our despertate need tp surrender ourselves wholly rto the Lord Jesus Christ.

2. To realize that True Discipleship is costly, but effective.

3. To recognize the depth of ourrelationship with Jesus Christ.

The Blessings of True dIscipleship:

1. Our WALK with God is more REAL.

2. The WORK of God is moe REWARDING

3. The WORD of GOd is more RENEWING

4. Our WITNESS for God gets more RESPONSE.

5. Our WORSHIP of GOd is more RELEVANT.

I may cover hese things at a later time. Today I want you to see hw you can become a True Disciple of Christ

To Be a True Disciple One Must

1. DENY HIMSELF

(Verse 23a)

A.What does it mean to deny ones self?

B. Some think it means to deny yourself of necessities.

C. Some think it means to deny yourself of pleasures.


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