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Summary: The ONLY way we can be persons of compassion is to first become Disciples, true followers of Jesus Christ. That is, to be Christ-like in both heart and mind.

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BEING LIKE MINDED

Scripture: Luke 22:39-46

Big Idea: The ONLY way we can be persons of compassion is to first become Disciples, true followers of Jesus Christ. That is, to be Christ-like in both heart and mind.

I. Introduction:

QUESTION: DO YOU EVER WONDER WHAT LIFE WOULD BE LIKE IF YOU HAD THE SAME ATTITUDE AND PASSION AS CHRIST?

QUESTION: Do you want to know how you can?

QUESTION: Are you willing to do what it takes no matter the cost?

READ LUKE 22:39-46 HERE

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

45When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

A. Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane

• Word of instruction to the disciples: Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

• Submit to god saying: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Out of submission comes strength.

Our problem:

We lack power because we:

• sleep when we ought to pray.

• We pray for OUR WILL rather than God’s.

QUOTE: “Prayer doesn’t get man’s will done in heaven; it gets God’s will done on earth” Ronald Dunn

BIG IDEA: The ONLY way we can be persons of compassion is to first become Disciples, true followers of Jesus Christ. That is, to be Christ-like in both heart and mind.

II. A PERSON WITH A PASSION FOR JESUS IS A PERSON OF COMPASSION

A. A FORMULA to have a passion for Jesus

1. WORSHIP (fold hands)

2. LOVE (Hand on heart)

3. THINK (Finder on forehead)

4. TALK (Finger at mouth)

5. LIVE (Hands outstretched)

QUOTE: H.V. ADOLF once said, “We are all manufactures in a way, making good, making trouble, or making excuses.

FORMULA

1. WORSHIP (FOLD HANDS)

READ PSALM 95:6 Oh, Come, Let us Worship and Bow Down; Let us kneel before the Lord our God our Maker.

A. ACKNOWLEDGE / ACTION ~ recognize Jesus is lord.

B. OBEDIENCE ~

QUOTE: THE REASON SOME PEOPLE DO NOT RECOGNIZE OPPORTUNITY IS BECAUSE IT OFTEN IS DISGUISED AS HARD WORK.

QUOTE: “SUCCESS IS SWEET, BUT ITS SECRET IS SWEAT.”

C. LIFE STYLE ~ WORSHIP God in SPIRIT AND TRUTH: Action of Worship, bowing down, kneeling before…

D. CREATOR ~ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

2. LOVE (HAND ON HEART)

A. “THE WORLD WILL NOT CARE WHAT WE KNOW UNTIL THEY KNOW WE CARE.”

QUOTE: Dave Wilkerson put love this way, “Love is not only something you feel. It is something you do.

John 3:16 is the greatest example of love as an action. For it says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

B. Ephesians 3:14 -20 says, For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

1. BOW OUR KNEES before God acknowledging God’s glory.

2. Strengthened with might through the spirit in the inner man.

3. Being rooted and Grounded in Love ~ to know how wide, long, deep and high is the love of Christ.

C. When we know the love of God, we then can do MATTHEW 22:37 – 40, saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39

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