P3 THE RISE OF CHRIST | FOLLOWING CHRIST STARTS FROM WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW

The Rise of Jesus Christ, Part 3 – February 6, 2022
Intro: Chinatown
Jesus’ ministry began with a message of repentance
Jesus’ ministry began with a message of repentance
Jesus demonstrated how to triumph over temptation
Today, we’re going to find that:
Jesus’ ministry began with a message of repentance
Jesus demonstrated how to triumph over temptation
Jesus calls us to follow Him 
John 1:35-39 (NIV2011)
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” (John 1:38)
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” (John 1:38)
Jesus’ followers value relationship over blessing
John 2:23-24 (NIV2011)
23  Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24  But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.
Example: Marrying for money
John 1:40-42 (NIV2011)
40  Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42  And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus’ followers bring others to Him
Application: The cultural “shame” of Christian exclusivism
Example: Elderly man at doctor
John 1:42 (NIV2011)
42  And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
Following Jesus begins where you are
Example: Nav System
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