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Series: Get Busy Dying
This morning we are starting a new series entitled, "Get Busy Dying" that will take us up to Easter.
You may be wondering what the title "Get Busy Dying" means.
It certainly doesn't mean to take your own physical life.
It refers to the intentionality of meeting the conditions that are needed in order to follow Christ and be a disciple of His.
Jesus said on more than one occasion the following statement:
If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Let me state once more that I don't believe that Bible makes a distinction between a Christian and a Disciple of Christ.
I believe they are one in the same.
The word "disciple" is used 269 times in the New Testament as opposed to the word "Christian" being used three times.
The late Dallas Willard claimed the following:
There is absolutely nothing in what Jesus himself or his early followers taught that suggests you can decide just to enjoy forgiveness at Jesus' expense and have nothing more to do with him."
The Great Omission
A.W. Tozer went so far as to call it a "heresy".
So, to call yourself a Christian is to be a disciple, or follower, of Jesus.
Being a follower of Jesus means that you get to "know" Him.
It doesn't mean that you simply get to know some FACTS about Jesus.
There is an experiential knowledge.
It's getting to know Him personally.
Isn't that what we say to someone when we share the gospel with them; that they can have a "personal" relationship with Christ?
So, we have the joy of knowing Christ.
The Apostle Paul shares what this is like in Philippians chapter 3.
He starts out that section by explaining who the REAL people of God are; not just those who fulfill the demands of the Jewish Law.
For we are the true circumcision, who worship by the Spirit ...
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