Summary: Luke includes a scene in his story where Jesus tells his followers about his impending death. In addition to providing further details, pointing out that what is about to happen was predicted in the Old Testament, and noting the confusion of Jesus' closest followers, Luke includes this story to help us learn about our desire for more. The cross shows us 1) that what we want will never be found by pursuing comfort and self-protection and 2) that it takes the death of Christ to free us from our pursuit of comfort and self-protection. Because Jesus gave all of himself for us, we can give all of ourselves to Jesus.
- Whenever God speaks, we respond - either in obedience or disobedience. Doing nothing is disobedience.
- Obedience to God is built on repentance and faith - honesty about our sin and hope in Jesus' work on our behalf.
- The Holy Spirit fuses God's message to our life. How are you supposed to respond to what you heard this week?
- Who is helping you follow Jesus this week? Discipleship in isolation is a recipe for frustration.
A few ways we can help you as a church:
- Paul Tripp's book, A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You, would be a huge help.
- Mark Driscoll preached on this same text and helped people see that the Bible is all about Jesus.
- John Piper has a book about God's glory and his work in the world. You can download God's Passion For His Glory here for free.
- Most of our community groups will be watching the Super Bowl tonight and this week. While that means most of us won't be talking about the sermon and praying together, we think it's a win for groups to watch the game together. Community groups exist to connect relationally and grow spiritually.
- And if you're looking for a place to go deep with the Bible and with each other, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let's talk about getting you into a DNA Group.