Is HE worth it?
This brings us to the crucial question for every professing or potential follower of Jesus:
Do you really believe He is worth abandoning everything for?
Do you and I really believe that Jesus is so good, so satisfying, and so rewarding
that we will leave all we have and all we own and all we are in order to find our fullness in Him?
Do you and I believe Him enough to obey Him and to follow Him
wherever He leads, even when the crowds in our culture, and maybe our churches, turn the other way?
In this next series I want to show you, that with the best of intentions, we have actually turned away from Jesus. We have in many areas blindly and unknowingly embraced values and ideas that are common in our culture that are anti-biblical to the gospel He taught.
Here we stand amid an American dream, dominated by self advancement, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency, by individualism, materialism, and universalism.
Yet I want to show you our desperate need to revisit the words of Jesus, to listen to them, to believe them, to obey them.
We need to return with urgency to a biblical gospel, because the cost of doing so was great for our lives, our families, our churches, and the world around us.
As I mentioned previously, I have more questions than I have answers. And every day I see more disconnects between the Christ of the Scripture and the Christianity that characterizes my life in the church of God has entrusted me to lead.
I have so far to go.
We have so far to go.
But I want to know Him.
I want to experience Him.
I want to be part of a people who delight in Him
like the brothers and sisters in the underground
church in Asia who have nothing but Him.
And I want to be a part of
the people who are risking it all for Him.
For the sake of more than 1 billion people today who have yet to even hear the gospel, I want to risk it all.
For the sake of 26,000 children who will die today of starvation or a preventable disease, I want to risk it all.
For the sake of an increasingly marginalized and relatively ineffective church in our culture, I want to risk it all.
For the sake of my life, my family, and the people who surround me, I want to risk it all.
And I am not alone.
In the faith families that I have been privileged to lead, I am joined by each one of you, today, who are willing to move forward in the kingdom of God so that those around us may truly know the gift of Jesus Christ being their Savior and Lord.
I am part of leaders who are mobilizing their areas of influence to help the hurting, young couples, who have moved into inner-city to live out the gospel, senior adults who are willing to pray, stay at home moms who are teaching their children, college students who are preparing to go to the other regions of the world, teenagers who are reorienting their lives around radical abandonment to Jesus.
I want to introduce them to you.
I want you to know them.
There’s nothing special about us, but were proof that ordinary people who are naturally drawn to the comforts of the American dream can be converted to a radical faith in a radical Savior.
Why not do it today?
If you’re serious about taking this journey with me, I believe there are a couple of preconditions that exist. This goes back to the two big questions I started asking myself when I realized what God had called me to do.
1) From the outset you need to commit to believe whatever Jesus says.
2) You need to commit to obey what you have heard.
In the weeks to come we will together explore the biblical gospel alongside our cultural assumptions with an aim toward embracing Jesus for who He really is, not for who we have created Him to be.
For who HE really is.