1. Following Jesus Is Not Without a Purpose
a) The Gratitude We Show
b) The Gospel We Share
2. Following Jesus Is Not Without a Price
a) Possessions We Hold Near
b) People We Hold Dear
3. Following Jesus Is Not Without a Promise
a) A Loss That Is Restored Abundantly
b) A Loss That Is Rewarded Eternally
1. The word ''follow'' is a familiar word in the vocabulary of the Lord Jesus. He said to Philip, ''Follow me'' (John 1:43). He said to Levi, ''Follow me'' (Luke 5:27). Likewise He said to Peter and Andrew ''Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men'' (Matt. 4:19). As well, He said to Matthew, ''Follow me'' (Matt. 9:9).
2. On another occasion we read, ''Jesus said into His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me'' (Matt. 16:24). Over and over again the word ''follow'' was used by Jesus.
3. The call of Jesus to those in the Scripture is a call to all who know Him as Savior. We come to Him for salvation and then follow Him in service. We come to the foot of the cross to be redeemed and then we take up the cross to serve Him for the rest of our lives.
4. S.I. McMillen, in his book None of These Diseases, tells a story of a young woman who wanted to go to college, but her heart sank when she read the question on the application blank that asked, ''Are you a leader?'' Being both honest and conscientious, she wrote, ''No,'' and returned the application, expecting the worst.
5. To her surprise, she received this letter from the college: ''Dear Applicant: A study of the application forms reveals that this year our college will have 1,452 new leaders. We are accepting you because we feel it is imperative that they have at least one follower.'' As for Christians, those who have been saved, all are to be a follower.
6. In our text Peter speaks about following Jesus. He says to Jesus, ''Lo, we have left all, and have fo ...
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