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Summary: discipleship - (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). Christ’s love for a lost world (vs 30-32).

(2). Loving one another (vs 33-37).

(3). Loving those outside the fellowship (vs 38-41).

(4). Loving the lost (vs 42-50).

SERMON BODY:

Quote: A.W. Tozer (American Christian pastor, preacher & author)

• “A real Christian is an odd number anyway.

• He feel supreme love for One whom he has never seen.

• Talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see.

• He expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another,

• Empties himself in order that he might be full,

• Admits he is wrong to he can be declared right,

• And goes down in order to get up.

• He is strongest when he is weakest,

• Richest when he is poorest,

• And is happiest when he feels worst.

• He dies to he can live,

• Forsakes in order to have,

• And gives away so he can keep.

• He sees the invisible,

• Hears the inaudible,

• And knows that which passes knowledge.”

• This quotation came to my mind because I thought of that line:

• And goes down in order to get up.

• In other words the way of Jesus Christ;

• Is not the way of the world in which we live.

• The way to go up the ladder of success and greatness as a Christian;

• Is always: ‘you go up by going down’,

• That is we become great only when we are found serving others!

Question: What does it mean to be great?

Answer:

FIRST: The world in which we live:

• Power:

• A person’s greatness is measured by the things that they have the ability to control

• Prestige:

• A person’s greatness is measured by the accolades that they receive

• Position:

• A person’s greatness is measured by where they are in life

• Possessions:

• A person’s greatness is measured by the things that they own

• So according to the world in which we live:

• Greatness & success are most often defined as: ‘Power, prestige, position and possessions’.

In his teaching & example Jesus gave a new and different explanation of greatness:

• Greatness is not measured by what you have;

• Or what you can do.

• It is not measured by who you are;

• Or by where you are in life.

• Greatness for the Christian is more about;

• Why you do and who you do it for.

• In fact Jesus taught greatness flows out of giving not getting.

In the eyes of Jesus, greatness flows from three things

• Sacrifice:

• We are called to give up who we are right now so we can become who God wants us to be

• Service:

• We are called to give ourselves to others and invest our lives in those around us.

• Selflessness:

• We are called to give ourselves to Christ and His Kingdom

• Quote:

• “When God measures a man, he puts the tape around the heart instead of the head.”

• So God is looking in his people for sacrifice, service and selflessness!

• God is looking for people with big hearts!


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