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Mark 8:34-9:1 (The Process of Discipleship, part 2)

Jesus taught something very strange and very difficult. Jesus taught that you cannot truly live until you have truly died. Jesus said in John 12:24, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels – a plentiful harvest of new lives” (NLT). This is about the Lord’s resurrection, but there is an important truth within this. When you learn how to die to yourself that is when you learn how to live for Him. Before kingdom fruit is produced from your life you must die to your life. You cannot follow Jesus without dying to yourself. Before you can truly experience who Jesus is you must experience what it means to take up your own cross and follow Him. Continue reading

Mark 8:34-9:1 (Jesus: What it means to follow Him, part 1)

For the past two years I have said at the beginning of every other sermon that Mark is showing us what it means to be a follower of Jesus. He wants us to know who we are following and what it looks like to follow Him. We have observed Jesus calling the disciples to follow Him, Jesus revealing Himself through His actions and words, and we have seen the disciples obey and disobey, understand and be confused. We have seen them doubt and believe. We have watched them grow as followers of Jesus. They represent us.

Jesus has just finished telling them about the suffering, rejection, and death He must endure. He also told them that He would resurrect three days later. They did not understand this. They still had a lot to learn. Jesus told them about His cross, but now He is about to tell them about their cross.[i] Continue reading

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