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THE "INVITATION FROM GOD" SERIES
Mark 10:17~31; Luke 9:59-62
INTRO: Public surveys indicate that most people believe they are going to heaven! The fact that most Americans believe they are going to heaven caught the curiosity of a reporter from WMBI in Chicago. Walter Carlson decided to hit the streets with a microphone and ask people the next logical question, "How does a person go to heaven?" For over half an hour in the city's Union Station he asked this question and these were the most common answers he got:
"Obey the Golden Rule"
"Be good to your neighbor"
"Go to Church"
"Do good deeds"
"Pay your bills"
Few people got the right answer! God's invitation to "Come Follow Me" is known by most people, but most people are not listening to Christ's explanation on how they can come and truly follow Him.
PROP SENT: These two passages of Scripture will teach us that many people are not willing to follow Jesus when they really understand what the invitation really means. Yet, to those willing to follow, the supernatural power of God is ready to flow through them!
I. PRIORITIES! Mark 10:17-31
A. Desire 10:17-20
1. We are introduced to a rich man who is anxious to see Jesus – he comes running – in order to find satisfaction for his soul.
a. Matthew tells us this man was "young."
b. Luke calls this young man a "ruler."
c. Mark tells us he is "rich."
2. This man had everything this world had to offer; power, money, and youth!
a. Yet he comes running to Jesus ... it is obvious by his anxious attempt to get to Jesus that he was still missing something significant in his life, there is an emptiness to his existence that he cannot shake off nor fill from the stuff of this world.
b. Not only did he run to Jesus but when he got there he immediately knelt down to Jesus in front of strangers on the road in public! He is quite impatient to talk to Jesus about his emptiness and appears to be willing ...
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