by Jerry Watts

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Missing the Mark (4 of 5)
Series: A Fan or a Follower
Jerry Watts
Matthew 23

(Note: This series is inspired by Kyle Idleman's book - "Not a Fan")

• His name was Matt Emmons. In the 2004 Olympics, he was competing in the 50-meter three-position rifle event and was one shot away from winning the gold medal. As he took his position to fire the final shot, all he had to do was 'hit the target.' And he did hit the target, but it was the wrong target. He was standing in lane 2 and made a shot which would have won the gold medal had it hit the target in lane 2 but he shot the target in lane three. Instead of a winning score of 8.1 he received a 0. Instead of winning the gold, he fell to 8th place. The wrong target.

• We see a picture of this happening in Matthew 23. Today we tend to have disdain for the Pharisees, but we need to understand that THEY THOUGHT they were following the Lord, they wanted to follow Him, and they were following HARD as we will see. The problem was for them was they were following the wrong thing, looking at the things, and aiming toward the wrong target. Thus Our Message!

• As we have begun to consider the question, "Are you a fan or follower", many, if not most, of us don't desire to be only fans. We want to be, have a desire to be, and even believe (as did the Pharisees) to be followers.

• In Matthew 23, Jesus attempts to get the attention of the fans. Let's read about it.

• As you might be able to tell, when Jesus addresses the fans (Pharisees) this is not a moment he is attempting to gather everyone around, lock arms, and sing "We are the world" or 'cum-buy-a.' He is very deliberate, very confrontational, and very serious because, as He spoke to the crowd, disciples and the scribes and Pharisees who were listening, because Jesus is interested in one thing. He wants to turn fans into followers. Don't miss how He exposes the truth - about them and about us.

1. The Classes of Fans - You know what a 'class' s ...

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