Summary: The introductory message to the series I want to know Jesus. A series designed to help us take Jesus out of the box of our current understanding so that He can become all that He really is in our lives.
I Want To Know Christ
Video – Who Is Jesus?
Luke writes in the 9th chapter of his gospel;
Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Luke 9:18-20 (NIV)
Throughout your life you have been and you will be asked many questions. NOW - some questions are not really that big of a deal? LIKE…
• Paper or plastic?
• Regular or decaf?
• Hot or mild?
• Medium or well done
• Coke or Pepsi
AND – other questions are pretty important, LIKE…
• Where are you going to college?
• What career to you want to pursue?
• Who are you going to marry?
• How many children are you going to have?
• Are you going to fight to restore that relationship or just give up and cash it in?
ALL – pretty important questions… BUT UNDERSTAND – there is one central question that we all must; deal, wrestle and struggles with for our entire lives… IT IS – a question that was asked 2,000 years ago… AND IT IS – a question that still continues to be asked today by that Galilean carpenter… “Who do you say I am?”
The most important question that you will ever be asked… THE - most important answer that you will ever give… IS – to that VERY question. Who do you say that Jesus is….?
THIS MORNING - we kick off our sermon series; I Want To Know Christ…
• It’s a message series that is going to change lives in radical and unbelievable ways… In fact it is going to transform them… something entirely different is going to emerge – when we are done. Caterpillar in, butterfly out.
AND LISTEN - some of the lives that will be changed are in this room right now… (hey take a moment to look around this room… Listen – some of the people you just looked at will not be the same people anymore)
AND – some of the lives this message series is going to radically transform… Have never even been in this room before…
AND - some of those changed lives just might be; your neighbors, co-workers, family or friends…
QUESTION – how can I be so confident that lives will really be changed in this place? Is it because I think that I am ‘all that’ when it comes to preaching?
NO – it’s because of what Jesus said during the final week of His life…When I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself… - John 12:32
NOW – Jesus was talking specifically about being lifted up on the cross… BUT LISTEN – I believe that we still can lift Jesus up today… WE CAN - lift Him up in our lives… in this church, in our worship, in our teaching, in our speech – in our lifestyles… (Him not our personal agendas or opinions)…
AND – when we do, people will be drawn to Him…
NOW THIS MORNING - I just want to introduce the series ‘I Want To Know Christ…’ AND – I want to do that by making 3 simple statements… The first statement is;
I. We Don’t Fully Know Him
Let me repeat that… “we don’t fully know Jesus…”
QUESTION – what do you think of that statement?
How does it make you feel (confused, angry, offended, insecure)?
Do you agree with it?
Does it kind of tick you off that I would even say such a thing?
I MEAN – you got up this morning, you came to church, you sang about Jesus… IN – a few minutes you will take communion and you’re your offerings. Things you have done for years… AND – then some guy up stands up front and tells you, you don’t fully know Jesus…
NOW A MAN - who had many personal encounters with Jesus.
A MAN - who spent 3 years one-on-one with Jesus being taught by Him in Arabia.
A MAN - who Jesus asked to personally represent him to the gentiles.
A MAN - who Jesus gave the power; to heal, perform miracles and even raise the dead.
A MAN - who had totally and radically given his life for Jesus.
A MAN - who was willing to go without food or water, be beaten, betrayed, whipped, stoned and put into prison… ALL - in order to live for Jesus.
A MAN - who Jesus asked to write 13 books of the N.T..
A MAN - who said, meant, embodied and lived the following statement… “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain…” 2,000 years ago from a prison cell, THAT MAN, the apostle Paul wrote;