Summary: The call of Christianity is a call to adventure, an exciting undertaking , offering a remarkable experience and reward.
A Call to Adventure
The Call of Christianity
Introduction: The call of Christianity is a call to adventure. Adventure is defined as an exciting and uncertain undertaking attended by risk and peril, offering a remarkable experience and/or reward. Quite often an adventure involves confrontation and conflict calling for the making of difficult and hard choices and commitments. The adventure of living the Christian life, of being a disciple, is no different.
I. The Adventure of Discipleship begins with making a choice - to follow Christ
A. Matthew 19:21 “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”
B. Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
C. One of the most colorful characters in baseball is Yogi Berra, the legendary former catcher for the New York Yankees. Yogi is as famous for his use of words as he was for his use of a bat and glove. He was a slashing hitter who has slashed up the English language more than once. One of the great "Yogisms" is this piece of timeless advice: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." There is actually a solid truth behind that puzzling piece of wisdom from old Yogi. When we come to a fork in the road of life, we have to go one way or the other. We can't just stand there scratching our heads forever, turn back and pretend the choice doesn't exist, or sit down and wait for someone else to come along and make the choice for us. - copied
D. Joshua 24:15 “... choose you this day whom ye will serve...”
E. Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live”
II. Conflict is inevitable when traveling the adventurous road of discipleship
A. When you choose the narrow pass conflict invariably follows.
B. Sometimes the conflict is from Family - Matthew 10:32-37 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes [shall be] they of his own household. He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.”
C. Sometimes the conflict is from the World - 2 Timothy 3:12 “Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”