A Biblical Portrait Of A True Disciple (2 of 3) by Johnny Hunt

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A Biblical Portrait Of A True Disciple
PART IV
Johnny Hunt
Matthew 16:24-27
March 27, 2011

INTRODUCTION:

I. THE PICTURE OF DISCIPLESHIP. 24

A. A DAILY DECISION. 24a

"deny yourself"

B. A DEVOTED DUTY. 24b

"take up his cross"

C. A DILIGENT DEVOTION. 24c

"follow me"
A call to loyal obedience

II. THE PROFIT OF DISCIPLESHIP. 25-26

A. PARADOX. 25

1. Biblical Examples: Condemned
2. Biblical Examples: Commended

B. PROFIT. 26

A "wake-up" question - What are you forfeiting in order to gain? Your soul? ETERNITY?

A" major question" - What would possibly be worth having during this lifetime, if to gain it you would have to exchange your soul?

STATEMENT: To give every possession possible in this world and yet be without Christ is to be bankrupt forever.

Such a person would be a walking dead man who temporarily owned everything but who faced an eternity in hell rather than in heaven.

EXAMPLE:

As a young teenager, I loved "muscle cars." I saw a deep red '64 Chevy Impala, 4-speed, bucket seats, dual exhaust, etc. I said, "I would give my right arm for that car."

"What will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Nothing can be compared with eternal life. The soul's value cannot be estimated by ordinary reckonings.

Jesus was familiar with the offer.

Matthew 4:8-9, "Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.'"

"exchange" - it means that there is no price which will buy a faithful friend or a disciplined soul.

It means that once a man has lost his real life (soul) because of his desire for security and for material things, there is no price that he can pay to get it back again. He has done something to himself which cannot ever be fully obliterated.

Encouragement for being Christ's disciple:

1. Motivatio ...


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