TITLE: They Invest in Others
TEXT: Luke 9:23-25 (p.867); John 1:35-51 (p.886); I Cor.11:1
I. IT INVOLVES A COMMITMENT TO (JESUS CHRIST)
“It is possible to be…a camp-follower without being a solider of the king; to be a hanger-on in some great work without pulling one’s weight…It is one of the supreme handicaps of the church that in the church there are so many distant followers of Jesus Christ and so few real disciples.” William Barclay in Luke
3 essentials to being a disciple in Luke 9
1. A disciple must (deny himself).
2. A disciple must take up his (cross daily).
3. A disciple must (follow Him).
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliott
II. IT INVOLVES A COMMITMENT TO (TIME)
How did Jesus foster His inner circle?
1) His approach was (personal).
2) His approach was (individual).
III. IT INVOLVES A COMMITMENT TO THE (BENEFITS)
I Cor.11:1 (p.958)
Two quotes worthy of learning:
“God is not so much interested in our ability, as He is our availability.”
“The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly committed to Him.” Words said to D.L. Moody
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