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Summary: This is a sermon outline identifying the Five Circles of Commitment (Rick Warren’s concept) in the ministry of Jesus. It could be useful for training core believers, or as a spiritual growth sermon. *HANDOUT INCLUDED*

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Let me ask you this: How many levels of commitment are there to Jesus? What are the different levels of people’s commitment to Jesus?

I want you to look with me at the ministry of Jesus, and see 5 particular levels of commitment that people gave him.

Level 1

Mark 1:16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

Characteristics: No commitment to Jesus.

WHAT JESUS SAYS TO THIS LEVEL:

John 1:39 He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day...

Mark 1:17 Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me...”

Level 2

Matthew 13:2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Characteristics: Committed to hearing about Jesus.

WHAT JESUS SAYS TO THIS LEVEL:

John 6:47 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”

Level 3

John 7:31 And many of the people believed in Him...

John 10:42 And many believed in Him there.

Characteristics: Committed to a relationship with Jesus.

WHAT JESUS SAYS TO THIS LEVEL:

John 8:31 ¶ Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

Level 4

Matthew 17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said,

Matthew 18:1 ¶ At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying,

Matthew 19:23 ¶ Then Jesus said to His disciples,

Luke 6:13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself;

In other words, they were SPENDING TIME WITH JESUS. . . they were having private times of conversation with him, listening to him, living according to his words. . .

Characteristics: Committed to growing with Jesus.

WHAT JESUS SAYS TO THIS LEVEL:

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.

Level 5

Mark 3:14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach,

Characteristics: Committed to serving others because of Jesus.

WHAT JESUS SAYS TO THIS LEVEL:

Mt 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

I call these 5 levels:

Community -

Crowd -

Congregation -

Committed -

Core -

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HANDOUT

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Levels of Commitment to Jesus

I want you to look with me at the ministry of Jesus, and see 5 particular levels of commitment that people gave him.

Level 1 -

Mark 1:16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

Characteristics: _______ commitment to Jesus.

WHAT JESUS SAYS TO THIS LEVEL:

John 1:39 He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day...

Mark 1:17 Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me...”


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