The Cross: Outline

THE CROSS: OUTLINE

 

Is following Jesus all  struggle and cost? – what about life without over stress / about fulfilment / about future hope?

The Lord has outlined a wondrous pattern and a wise design for believers who want to enjoy a successful, fulfilling life. Note these paradoxes { a seemingly contradictory statement that nonetheless is true.}

We see unseen things (2 Cor. 4:18);
We conquer by yielding (Rom. 6:16-18);
We find rest under a yoke (Mt. 11:28-30);
We reign by serving (Mark 10:42-44);
We are made great by becoming little (Luke 9:48);
We are exalted by being humble (Mt. 23:12);
We become wise by being fools for Christ’s sake (1 Cor. 1:20, 21);
We are made free by becoming His bond servants (Rom. 6:10);
We are strong by being weak (2 Cor. 12:10);
We triumph through defeat (2 Cor. 12:7-9);
We live by dying (John 12:24,25; 2 Cor. 4:10,11).

Spiritual growth / discipleship sometimes seems a paradoxical mystery BUT is nevertheless true and very worthwhile.

 

The Cost of following Jesus.

 

Luke 9v57- 62.

 

  1. 1.        The Fox.

–       seeking status

 

  1. 2.        The Funeral.

–       maintaining the status quo

 

  1. 3.        The furrow.

–       divided loyalties

 

Following Jesus means …

– change

– more concerned about what God thinks

– a deep concern for others

– cost   – privacy

  –        materially

–        emotionally …etc.

 

…it also means –  Benefits / fulfilment

 

– see unseen things (2 Cor. 4:18)

– conquer by yielding (Rom. 6:16-18)

– find rest under a yoke (Mt. 11:28-30)

– reign by serving (Mark 10:42-44)

– are exalted by being humble (Mt. 23:12)

– become wise by being fools for Christ (1 Cor.1:20-21)

– are made free by becoming His slaves (Rom. 6:10)

– are strong by being weak (2 Cor. 12:10)

– triumph through defeat (2 Cor. 12:7-9)

– live by dying (John 12:24,25; 2 Cor. 4:10,11)

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