#319 Why Series# 3, Why I Follow Jesus

#319 Why Series# 3, Why I Follow Jesus
By: Pastor D. Karl Thomas

If you read the Gospels (History Books) about Jesus life. You can only come to one conclusion.
Jesus is highly relational.
Tell you about your FATHER in HEAVEN … relational based stories
John 1:12 “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Matthew 9:9
“As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ So he arose and followed Him.”
Tax collectors had — Their very own class of sinner! — What are you doing calling this guy to follow.

Matthew 4:19-20
“Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. They immediately left their nets and followed Him.”
Same message to everyone:  FOLLOW ME!

Pharisee Message:  Change and you can join us.
Jesus Message:       Join me and you can change.

Why I Follow Jesus:
1. My parents told me to.
2 Timothy 1:5 “…when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

2. I Needed Help
John 6:26 (NLT) Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs.’”  

The miracles are trying to teach you who he is and who you are.

3. I Realized Who He Is
Matthew 16:16 “Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’”
God is not looking for a crowd of dependants. He came to restore us to our place of authority. 

Romans 5:17 “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 1:9
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Some know Him as Jesus.
Some know Him as Jesus Christ.
Some know Him as Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 4
“But He needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about  the sixth hour.”

3 Results Of Following Jesus:
1. We find ourselves walking towards things we usually avoid.

Jews were taught to avoid Samaria. Jesus walked them right into the middle of it.
What are we avoiding?   Outside and Inside.

2. We find ourselves walking towards things we don’t understand.
John 4:27 “…they marvelled (surprised, shocked, astonished) that He talked with a woman…”
There are new revelations for us to embrace. NOW!

3. We find ourselves walking into a greater capacity to express His unconditional LOVE!
Acts 1:8 “…you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
His capacity to love has no limitations!

Do we on a daily basis feel like the limitations of our capacity to express God’s Love are being challenged?!!!

If that is so, then we will find the life of God and our power to reign and rule will be enlarged!

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