The Lad—The Secret of Success (1 of 5) by Steve Wagers

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The Lad—The Secret of Success (1 of 5)
Series: The Things Jesus TOOK!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Luke 9: 46-48
October 11. 2009

Sermon Outline
1. A Most Repulsive Attitude!
a. Their Foolish Conversation
B. Their Childish Evaluation
2. A Most Ridiculous Argument!
A. A Life Emptied of Self
B. A Life Engulfed with Self
3. A Most Revealing Answer!
A. The Person Jesus Took
B. The Principle Jesus Taught

In his book, "The Success Journey," John Maxwell gives the average person's traditional picture of success.
The wealth of Bill Gates,
The physique of Arnold Schwarzenegger
The intelligence of Albert Einstein,
The athletic ability of Lebron James,
The business savvy of Donald Trump,
The social grace of Jackie Kennedy,
The imagination of Walt Disney, and
The heart of Mother Teresa.

It has been well said that, "We're never more like Jesus than when we give." Any student of the Word is familiar with the blessed truth that the Lord Jesus was a giver. There are many wonderful examples of His giving in the Bible; and, none any greater than when,
"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3: 16)

Though we are familiar with Jesus being a giver, we must also understand that Jesus was a "taker" as well. On 5 specific occasions we read that Jesus "took" something.

Luke 9: 47: "took a child."
John 6: 11: "took the five loaves and two fishes."
John 13: 4: "took a towel."
Matt. 26: 27: "took bread...took the cup."
Phil. 2:7: "took upon Him the form of a servant."

I want you to consider with me, the next few weeks, the subject, "The Things Jesus Took." He took a Successful Lad, a Sufficient Lunch, a Sanctified Linen, a Selfless Life, and a Supreme Likeness.

In our text, Luke 9, Jesus "took a child." As we consider the story we see that Jesus took a child to teach His disciples the secret of success.

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