We are called to be apprentices of Jesus, spending time with him and learning from him so that we might do the will of the Father as he does.
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Jesus claims divine authority over the Sabbath and demonstrates that Sabbath keeping is about seeking restorative good for yourself and others.
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Jesus' call to follow him is challenging: he is asking for allegiance, apprenticeship, and participation in his community.
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In this series we have discussed how following Jesus will mean that we will face opposition because we belong to him. This week we examine the right (and wrong) reasons why we may face opposition as well as the role that worship has in our experience of God in the middle of our suffering.
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As followers of Christ, we ought not be surprised when we face opposition because we belong to Jesus. Instead we can be confident of God meeting us in our experience of opposition.
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Disciples can be assured of the Lord's pleasure by investigating all he has given them to engage in the good work he has prepared for them.
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Following Jesus means that we are going to face opposition. When we find ourselves facing push back because we are faithful to Christ, this is when Jesus says that we are blessed and that the Kingdom is ours.
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Jesus doesn't try to sell us on the perks of following him. He lays out the fine print and challenges us to count the cost of saying "yes" to him. In this message think about what it means to count the cost and follow him into the life of the Kingdom.
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What we owe in other areas of life, whether that be financial or otherwise, is informed first by our relationship with God.
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In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus gives his disciples the important task of continuing the work of the Kingdom that he initiated through making disciples. This mission flows out of the complete authority and presence of the resurrected Jesus.