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Title: Take Up Your Cross

Take Up Your Cross
  • Text Luke 923/ Isaiah 535-7

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Things Are Getting Serious Around Here
  • In these last days, we must get SERIOUS about our
    call as disciples and our position in Christ

Setting the Tone!
  • Easter season--more than any other time--
    declares our freedom and our unique identity as
    Christs very own people
  • Focus on the call of Christ to be a disciple
  • To take seriously the call to be a

Luke 923-26 NLT
  • 23 Then he said to the crowd, If any of you
    wants to be my follower, you must turn from your
    selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and
    follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life,
    you will lose it. But if you give up your life
    for my sake, you will save it. 25 And what do you
    benefit if you gain the whole world but are
    yourself lost or destroyed?

Luke 926-27
  • 26 If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the
    Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he
    returns in his glory and in the glory of the
    Father and the holy angels. 27 I tell you the
    truth, some standing here right now will not die
    before they see the Kingdom of God.

The Big Idea
  • Immediately after Peters confession, Christ
    began to talk of deathboth His own and that of
    His followers
  • The only way to life and resurrection was through
    death (to self)

The Message Luke 923-27
  • Then he told them what they could expect for
    themselves Anyone who intends to come with me
    has to let me lead. Youre not in the drivers
    seatI am. Dont run from suffering embrace it.

The Message Luke 9
  • Follow me and Ill show you how. Self-help is no
    help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way,
    to finding yourself, your true self. What good
    would it do to get everything you want and lose
    you, the real you?

The Message Luke 9
  • If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way
    Im leading you, know that the Son of Man will be
    far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in
    all his splendor in company with the Father and
    the holy angels.

The Message Luke 9
  • This isnt, you realize, pie in the sky by and
    by. Some who have taken their stand right here
    are going to see it happen, see with their own
    eyes the kingdom of God.

The Call to Cross Bearing
  • Deny yourself
  • Death to ones own agenda
  • Voluntary submission
  • Obedience

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Slide 11
The Heart of True Discipleship
  • Any one who determines to pursue the perfect will
    of God for his/her life and, because of that,
    gladly accepts the discipline to accomplish it

The Heart of True Discipleship
  • No one can force you to be a disciple.
  • Discipleship is volunteering to take up His life
    and living

The Heart of True Discipleship
  • Deep love for Christ a tremendous desire to give
    it all to Jesus!
  • A deep trust in Christ If I get on the cross,
    Hell raise me up.
  • A deep desire to glorify Him with our lives.

The Difference Between Civilians and Soldiers
  • A disciple is one who is willing to lose this
    world in order to gain the next
  • A disciple is one who is NOT ashamed of Christ,
    His work, or His Word

The Difference between civilians and soldiers
  • A disciple is one of whom the Father will not be
    ashamed.but His glory will cover that one
  • A disciple is one who will see Him in glory and
    will inherit His kingdom
  • A disciple is one who is discipling others

The Impact of Cross Bearing People. Vs. 26-27
  • The promise out of this passage not taste of
    death until you see the Kingdom of God
  • His glory through disciples impacts our world

HOW is This Accomplished?
  • This life begins with deliverance from sin and
    progresses to deliverance from self the process
    of discipleship is accomplished by the
    application of the cross of Christ through the
    Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the love of
    mature believers.

His Work on the Cross is the Exact Antidote for
ALL Sin and Self
  • We must daily discover His freedom from the old
    ways and our own sin nature through the cross

This morning I want to PICK UP the cross--His
cross and ours--and look at it in a fresh way
Isaiah 535-6 NLT
  • But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for
    our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He
    was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us,
    like sheep, have strayed away. We have left Gods
    paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him
    the sins of us all.

Four Core Battles the Cross Resolves For Us.
  • Rebellion vs. 5
  • Insecurities vs. 5
  • Ambition vs. 6
  • Personal will vs. 7

After Crucifixion Comes Resurrection
  • Isaiah 542-3 Enlarge your house build an
    addition. Spread out your home, and spare no
    expense! 3For you will soon be bursting at the
    seams. Your descendants will occupy other nations
    and resettle the ruined cities.
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