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Summary: To show that GOD called us not to believe only but to suffer for His Name's sake and if we try to avoid or save ourselves from trials, persecutions and sufferings here on earth, we will not be saved (advance) in our spiritual life.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you called to suffer for Him?

Yes.

Philippians 1:29 (Amplified Bible)

For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in (adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, but also to suffer in His behalf.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers/unbelievers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD called us not to believe only but to suffer for His Name's sake and if we try to avoid or save ourselves from trials, persecutions and sufferings here on earth, we will not be saved (advance) in our spiritual life.

IV. TEXT:

Mark 8:35 (Amplified Bible)

For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it [his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God].

Mark 8:35 (New King James Version)

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship, glorify, adore, bless, honor, acknowledge and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have already saved my spiritual life in exchange of suffering in this present life for this is our calling to glorify You.

VI. TITLE:

Save your life by saving it in GODs Presence

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Mark, son of Mary of Jerusalem. Referred to as "John Mark" First name: John, Surname: Mark

B. Date written: 58 B.C. earliest of the Gospels

C. Purpose: To present Jesus of Nazareth as God's Suffering Servant, the Redeemer of the world.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

D. Main Theme: Christ is the tireless servant of God and humanity.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Mark 8:35 (Amplified Bible)

For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it [his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God].

Mark 8:35 (New King James Version)

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.

A. Whoever wants to save his physical life will lose it His place in Heaven

"For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth];"

Matthew 10:39 (Amplified Bible)

Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].

Matthew 16:25 (Amplified Bible)

For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].

Luke 9:24 (Amplified Bible)

For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [from the penalty of eternal death].


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