Saturday, 17 November 2018

WHO COMES FIRST?

Jason was enthralled by every word Keith, his new pastor , spoke . He seemed to sell an attractive, yet challenging way of life that went the extra mile. He was getting some opposition within the church - people were beginning to feel uncomfortable because he was so radical - but he seemed to expect it and even thrive on it.

The church grew dramatically, doubting in size in a matter of months. Keith worked hard and seemed to be everywhere.









Jason followed Keith round learning about ministry, public speaking, evangelism and serving , by carrying bags and setting up equipment for meetings.

One day Keith took Jason aside. “You are special and I trust you”, he said. “ God is calling me to do something even more radical. I am being called to leave here and start a new community. Next week I am going to move to special place in the country that God has shown me. It will be the place where people trust God, live on the land and devote their time to worship , prayer and outreach. It will be a completely new type of society -a Jesus one. So you're in or out?”

Jason felt all sorts of objections going off in his head and wondered what his friends and family would say. But Keith suggested he read Matthew 10:34-42;
34KJV:Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35KJV:For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36KJV:And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37KJV:He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38KJV:And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
39KJV:He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
40KJV:He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
41KJV:He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.
42 KJV:And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

He did and he read , he discovered that Keith was simply doing the Jesus thing. His pastor was calling people to follow Jesus more closely, not to follow him.

Questions to Consider
  • What did Jesus mean when he said verse 52 that he had not come to bring peace on earth? Who did Jesus think he was?
  • “Who is this man ?” is the key question posed by Gospels about Jesus . Was he mad , bad, good or God ? In which direction does this passage point?

Motion Points
  • How you would feel if you were asked to give up everything and follow Jesus.
  • What it means to carry Jesus’ cross (verse 39)

Further Study
  • Luke 10:1-3
  • 1John 3:1-3








Hymn; Jesus is Very Near
1.Days are filled with sorrow and care
Hearts are lonely and drew.
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Calvary, Calvary
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near

2. Cast your care on Jesus today
Leave your worry and fear
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Calvary, Calvary
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near

3. Troubled soul, the Saviour can see
Ev'ry heart ache and tear
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Calvary, Calvary
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near
Amen.

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