CITY CHURCH MARLBOROUGH
The Greatest Call
March 7, 2021

The Greatest Call

March 7, 2021

“When Jesus Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s, The Cost of Discipleship.

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38  (ESV)

 

How much does it cost 

Jesus wants us to know that it would not be cheap or easy to be His disciples.

1. Come

When Jesus said these words, His men surely remembered when He first called them to follow Him. Some two and a half years ago, they had left everything to follow Jesus. 

They had left family, friends, occupations, and everything else in their lives to go with Jesus. 

When you come to Jesus Christ and are truly saved, you will want to follow Him. 

Where Jesus is, is where you will desire to be. Come After Me.

To the lost person it is a call to be saved. 

To the saved person it is a call to radical commitment.

2. Himself 

Deny = to completely disown, to utterly separate oneself from someone.

 It is the same word used to describe Peter’s denial of Jesus outside the high priests home, Matt. 26:34! 

3. Take Up

When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

A cross was an instrument of shame, humiliation, suffering, torture and death. 

4. Me 

The true disciple of Jesus turns his back on his self and his old life.

.It costs something to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. those willing to follow Him all the way have the goods, Matt. 7:21-23.

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matt. 7:21-23.

When we decide to believe in Jesus without making a commitment to follow Him,
we become nothing more than fans.- Kyle Idleman,

Jesus wants us to know that only the spiritual side of life really matters in the end.

The Way To Save Your Life Is To Lose It v. 35 

Jesus says that if you believe that having your own way, living life on your own terms and being your own lord is more important than surrendering to His Lordship, you will lose your life. 

vs38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

The word “ashamed”, in this context, means “unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval.” 

Not everyone is willing to pay such a price. Those who refuse to come to Jesus and live a separated life prove that they want no part of Him or His message. 

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