Sermon Notes 11/13 – Follow Jesus
1Peter 2:11 – sojourners, foreigners, strangers, aliens & temporary residents
-it means a traveler and someone on a journey
-During our spiritual journey – we get saved and Jesus tells us to follow Him – Matthew 4:19
Follow – means to be on the same road and path as Jesus
-There is only certainty in Jesus Christ
(1.) FOLLOWING JESUS IS AN INVITATION
-Jesus is not a dictator, but invites us to obey and follow Him
-we have a voice to follow or not follow Jesus
-Follow Jesus and nothing or no one else
(2.) FOLLOWING JESUS DOES NOT ELIMINATE TROUBLE – 2 Cor 11:23-29…Matt 4:1-11…Deut 8:1-11
-we will all go through trials and hardships as we follow Jesus
-Battle cry – we will never turn away from Jesus – we will only follow Jesus
There a couple of things we need to realize:
1. FOLLOWING JESUS LEADS TO FELLOWSHIP WHICH LEADS TO FORMATION WHICH LEADS TO TRANSFORMATION – Galatians 5:16
fellowship – this is spending time with Jesus
formation – this is becoming more like Jesus
transformation – which is a combination of teaching and testing
Matthew 16:13-18 – this was a test for the disciples
1. Matthew 16:13 – who do men say that I am?
Who are you listening to? Who has your ear?
2. Matthew 16:15 – Who do you say that I am?
-they knew what men were saying, what did God say about Jesus?
2. FOLLOW JESUS REGARDLESS OF FEELINGS – Dt 8:11-20
-when we suffer great pressure and trials, we battle with our feelings
-the temptation is not to follow Jesus when things get hard
-talk to your feelings and line them up to the Word of God
-do what is right no matter what your feelings are