Sermon/Study Guide: The Jesus I Follow
Author: Steve Hixon
Table of Contents
Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut--make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law--cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don't deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don't deserve me.|
“If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me.”
Matthew 21:12, 13
“Many will call me an adventurer - and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin
to prove his platitudes.”
“Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.”
- Ernesto Che Guevara
“Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.”
Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly.”
- Mao Tse-Tung
“One man with a gun can control 100 without one.”
“There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.”
“The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.”
“Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.”
- Karl Marx
|READ all of Matthew chapter 10.|
Verse 1. What is the setting; what is going on?
Verses 2-4. Who is Jesus talking to?
Verses 5-16. What instructions does Jesus give these men?
Verses 17-33. What kind of reactions does Jesus tell them to expect, and how should they respond?
Verses 34-39. What does Jesus means by “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword”? How does that fit with the angels announcement in Luke 2: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
How does 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 relate to verses 40-42?
1. When you became a Christian, or soon after, did you really “count the cost” of following Jesus? Did you anticipate any difficulties that might come into your life as a result of being associated with Jesus? How have you suffered as a result of being a Christian?
2. Right now if your life, do you find yourself on the cutting edge of spiritual growth, or have you lapsed into a warm, comfortable, protected kind of Christian experience?
3. Do you still believe that God can use you to change the world?