Summary: BUT WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL YOU LOSE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU HAVE BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL YOU LOSE YOU
(KJV) And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS
IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT A MIND IS A TERRIBLE
BUT IF YOU WOULD ALLOW ME THIS MORNING I
WANT TO TAKE THIS STATEMENT A LITTLE
AND USE FOR A TOPIC
(A SOUL IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE)
BECAUSE IN THIS LIFE WE FACE MANY HURTS
BUT NOT ONLY DO WE FACE MANY HURTS
BUT WE ALSO SUFFER MANY LOSSES IN LIFE AS
YOU SEE NONE OF US LIKE TO LOSE
AND THE LIST COULD GO ON AND ON
FOR WE ALL SUFFER MANY HURTS AND LOSSES
BUT WHEN YOU LOSE MONEY -YOU CAN
CONTINUE TO WORK AND EARN MORE MONEY
WHEN YOU LOSE A HOME -YOU CAN BUY
YOU CAN GET ANOTHER JOB
WHEN YOU LOSE A LOVE ONE -IF YOU KEEP YOUR
HAND IN GOD`S HAND YOU WILL SEE THEM
AGAIN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE JORDAN
BUT WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL
YOU LOSE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU
BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL YOU LOSE YOU
I KNOW SOME OF YOU ARE ARGUING WITH ME
BUT THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US IN
Genesis 2:7 (KJV) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
AND WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL YOU LOSE YOU
IN THE TEXT BEFORE US
JESUS PREDICTS HIS DEATH FOR THE FRIST TIME
Jesus’ teaching that the Son of Man must suffer corresponds to Daniel’s prophecies that God was in complete control of the plan for redemption
The suffering also recalls Isaiah’s prophecy of the
Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53
The fact of his being rejected looks back to the rejected “stone” in Psalm 118:22.
Jesus knew exactly from what quarter the rejection would come: the leaders, leading priests, and teachers of religious law.
These three groups made up the Council, the Jewish supreme court that ultimately sentenced Jesus to be killed
AND THIS IS WHERE OUR TEXT WILL BEGIN
YOUR SOUL IS A TERRIBLE TO LOSE
Mark 8:34 (KJV) And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross, and follow
Jesus invites every person to follow, but one who desires to follow him must have two attitudes: (1) a willingness to put aside selfish ambition, and (2) a willingness to take up his or her cross.
AND TO FOLLOW CHRIST MEANS
To put aside selfish ambition means to surrender immediate material gratification in order to discover and secure one’s true self and God’s interests.
It is a willingness to let go of selfish desires and earthly security.
This attitude turns self-centeredness to God-centeredness.
AND NOT ONLY DO WE NEED TO PUT ASIDE
BUT WE MUST TAKE UP OUR CROSS AND FOLLOW
To shoulder one’s cross was a vivid illustration of the
humility and submission
Jesus asked of his followers. When Jesus used this picture of his followers taking up their crosses to follow him,
But Jesus’ words meant that his followers had to be prepared to obey God’s word and follow his will no matter what the consequences for the sake of the gospel
THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO LET GO OF
SOMETHINGS TO FOLLOW CHRIST
WE HAVE TO STOP ALL THIS FAKING AND
WE HAVE TO GET RID OF SOME THINGS
AND BECOME OBEDIENT TO THE WORD OF GOD
WELL REV WHAT IS OUR CROSSES-I`M GLAD
A cross comes from specifically walking in Christ’s steps, embracing his life.
It comes from bearing disdain because we are embracing the narrow way of the Cross—that Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
AND THIS BRINGS ME TO THE 1ST SPRITUAL
NUGGET I SEE IN THE TEXT
HOW DO YOU LOSE YOUR SOUL