Sunday to Monday | What Am I to Deny?

On Sunday Pastor Dave's sermon scripture was based on Matthew 16:21-26

Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?"

Some quotes from Sunday:

“Don’t hold back on us, Lord Jesus. Speak to us, tell us what you want us to hear, even if what you want to say to us shatters our preconceptions, shocks us, challenges us. Rock our world. Disrupt our settled accommodation to things as they are and give us a mind-blowing vision of things as you mean them to be. Amen.” William Willimon

“If you want to follow Jesus, you had better look good on wood.” Daniel Berrigan

“True worship is the pattern of lives lived over time, lives which are inhabited stories of leaving the principalities and powers, and gradually, over time, giving witness to the true God in the midst of the world by living as if death were not, and thus in a way which is unmoved by death and all the cultural forces which lead to death and depend on death.” James Allison

“The joyful news that Jesus is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work and accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.” Henri Knox Sherrill IV

“I am convinced that my life belongs to the whole community; and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle for me. It is the sort of splendid torch which I got hold of for a Moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before turning to over for future generations.” George Bernard Shaw

Here are some questions to think about this week:

  • What has it meant to your spiritually that Jesus suffered on the cross?
  • Upon reflection, what has happened spiritually in the times you denied yourself to follow Jesus? Have you missed opportunities? Is there an opportunity before you now? Do you have enough faith to offer up a genuine sacrifice for Christ’s sake?
  • Do today’s churches offer a faith strong enough that it can command sacrifice?
  • Can you imagine the feel of the splinters as you take up your cross and follow him? (Matthew 16)


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