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Carrying the Cross

Aaron Sartin



  • October 1, 2005
    10:00 AM
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him father thank you for the Sabbath day will come together in worship and as we open up your word I just pray that might be your words are spoken voice that is going send your Holy Spirit to be with us and maybe displaced changeling and newly drawn ever closer to you it's a fair price pressures and we pray amen follow me as an imitation that we see all around us seasoning screening out years and jot down the freeway selling billboard signs the world is calling us to follow me follow the fashions to follow the example everywhere we work itself is being tempted to being adults and we are being encouraged to conform to the world the world standard how different were the words of Christ over two thousand years ago to those poor fisherman simple invitation followed me the Bible said they responded they left their nets eight percent volleyball again perhaps if I would know exactly what it would mean the fully follow Christ using Sullivan upfront what the cost would be a discipleship befalling anyway but we know that Christ is shows clearly what it means to truly follow him let's start this morning which are viable solutions nine new chapter nine it will start in verse twenty two and give a little background to this tax as we pick it up Jesus 's disciples who say you that I am for the purpose earned one who he really wanted to identity the son of God again his disciples need the profession is Peter voice the feelings of disciples as Bruce Wayne Peter Ashley said Doctor Christ God and right after this views goes into describing disciples 's mission what will happen to him before this they had their own ambitions of Christ setting up of this are thinking when they being a part of that but Christ told him plainly was mission is in verse twenty two saying the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be slain and believed their day this is cutting my part of it if I will than patients this makes sense to those were looking for Christ to be his earthly ruler and a processing father showing disciples on his mission is to put in their hands persuade three any sense of them all if any man will come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me for whosoever will save his life shall lose it whosoever will lose his life for my sake the same shall save it for what is a man advantage if he gain the whole world and lose himself or be cast away from his lovers of the ashamed of me and of my words and him shall the son of man be ashamed when he shall come in his own glory and his fathers and of the holy Angels for Christ gives the cost of being a disciple is very plain rest of the minister of the rest of the words really mean to deny ourselves to take up a pic of his cross and follow Christ as were going to look into this morning and allow the Bible to sure what this really means that when we think of denying ourselves what is self about living in a direct interpretation of oneself as we can look at it as this is licensing is over show save his life shall lose it and experts it says what is man advantage of the gain the whole world and lose himself ourselves our life and art what makes up our life thoughts feelings and desires everything that we think we own a mix of self crisis and recognize ourselves the following what does it mean to deny ourselves I was looking up at the Greek word for denied when the definitions music this own the processing wickedness ourselves this Owen our thoughts and feelings than what we can do it to get further illustration in the other Gospels is also give this this intercourse here and we can see it clearly as we look at Christ talking to the rich young ruler my chapter ten verse twenty one months after ten and verse twenty one Bible says then Jesus beholding him loved him and said unto him one thing thou like this go thy way sell whatsoever thou hast and give to the poor I now shall have treasure in heaven income take up the cross and follow me since Ms. Regina Miller thing that was holding onto self and indulge himself with his this was what possessions that were to be used whoever God to those who needed to advance the cause itself as being in zone so much fun it was something black and coming of Christ when it was going really sparkle because you cannot give up self definitive of those ridges noted illustration we find in Matthew chapter ten verse thirty seven what does it mean to deny ourselves Matthew chapter ten verse thirty seven Medicare number thirty seven Jesus says he beloved father or mother more than me is not worthy of me and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me and he that taketh not his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me again we see that the true cost nothing to come between us and our love for Christ alone forgotten uneven mother or father the closest family five have in this world and not come in the way of us all in the Christ would give up all night for two alternative views goes apartheid 's attribute of the sacred not all that you have to thought would all that we have we owe to God service will look at denying ourselves with this only our ideas of of us having the rights of our own lives we know that God has the right to our service either greater doth our reviewer we are bought with a price the prices but the price uses so you would get how we are denied the nice out we needn't look no further than to the example with the price having he do not the very first return to Bolivia and sat to enter Saturn Philippians chapter two hundred seven Halo activities up and respire percolated all of us obvious effort to diversify the Bible says let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation into the barn in the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men and he found that as a man he humbled this he humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross to see that Jesus God the son is not probably equaled by it when he characters or that you take upon himself before the King monarch the Bible says that he made himself of no reputation was a reason that he emptied himself the victim something one of us before serving how are we holding on to our own rights we think that we can do what we please make wrong choices the crisis saying we cannot do that to be a disciple we have to get all our feelings and affections are desires everything crisis was the way to do that again we look at another illustration the life of Christ we turn to John chapter five verse thirty John chapter five verse thirty will you deny self you have to realize one thing we cannot save ourselves the guerrillas if you condition that we are unclean being all our righteousnesses are as filthy lies in Boston unfortunately the guy is nothing in us that merits any favor to God except I need and that's how we can come to God you can look at verse thirty Jesus saying I can of my own self do nothing as I hear I judge in my judgment is just because I seek not mine own will but the will of the father which hath sent me to price we had so with that he gave his will to the father he had a choice to make this wasn't the bills for supplying across as well price of the sacrifices given us a choice before we're under that the bondage of sin cannot make the choice you depart from Satan 's brass Christ gave us a choice you can choose to serve serve ourselves and let Satan control us by very all of these temptations to sin and don't suffer yield ourselves give ourselves a Christ follower Svengali is given that choice so get what we giving up when we giving up the guy we himself diversified in Proverbs police sums up exactly what this invitation is a price off until it's through the Proverbs Proverbs chapter twenty six Chapter twenty three and verse twenty six Arthur twenty three hundred and twenty six the Bible says my son give me nine hard to let thine eyes observe my ways the crisis asking for our hearts I thought we had to get in its it's tainted it's broken it's interested with prices asking for that so that you can renew us to insert in the live that way needs deny self and truly it's still elected we can do this to the Holy Spirit popping is begging us in drawing us the price as we saw that verse interlude going back to the chapter nine once we made that choice but we are not living for ourselves with a live for Christ giving our will our rights as being over the Christ and what is Christ solicited that could take up our cross and follow him to we cannot take approximately in the us indeed ourselves listening this owned our own thoughts and feelings that we can take up the cross prospect crisis telling us to take up with the cross represent no it represents the symbol of God 's love for following their God so loved the world that he gave his only son me across receiving symbol of God 's love Betsy Christ it came to this world or servant and died in our place we can't help but be drawn to that we love him because he first loved us we went across the burden that price was was unwilling to go to it was his choice right was not forced to come down and feel of his life at any point in the garden and assuming that final temptations he was growing up because of decided to go back to having the glory that he had before the foundation of the world you have had a perfect right to do something did not as yet he stayed even for him it was that struggled to give up his well known said father to the populace the pastor me nevertheless not as I will but thine be done I will receive it was not a burden for her price was not a choice if you do not meet willfully as we turn to Hebrews chapter twelve verse twenty two feet tall illustrating exactly what are Chrysler's experience was on the cross when he was seeing far off in the distance here the receptor twelve and this one wherefore seeing we also are conquest about with so great a cloud of witnesses of the swing aside every weight and the sin was not so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race set before us looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith before the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God so for price across in Jordan for the joy that was set before him imagine that everyone illustrated here were in the where private by cause with proclamation we enjoy and as we take up the cross and follow him only an experience that same joy at seeing those whom Christ died for coming something anything said or did they can enjoy as well I was young as Christ was explaining how he would die John Chapter twelve verse thirty Susan and I if I be lifted up to draw all men to me those work taken across involving Christ partaking in his in his mission is labor to save the souls were lost across will draw others not to ourselves but for what it represents Christ the pygmy of God 's love asked how leads actually take up his cross with you on her own sounds like a burden of struggle and I love it like I know I can get my own this price had an answer for this question any guys turn to Matthew chapter eleven Matthew Chapter 11 believer versus twenty eight to thirty and that the Chapter 11 verses twenty eight to thirty again Jesus gives invitation come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest take my milk upon you and learn of me for I need a lowly in heart and you shall find rest unto your souls for my milk is easy and my burden is light where women are so there is no rest there is no peace is into thinking we may not we own our own thoughts and feelings with the best freedom to do whatever we will value that's when bondage is only as we take upon itself the yellow obedience to Christ that we actually pretty saying that I will give you rest unto your souls but looking further into this we see that I saw disobedience that represents the young but it's also partaking in a cold labor with Christ in seeking say that was lost your I looked up to find that the great work about whether definitions join join together so we are joined together laboring together with Christ by taking adjoining he saw when he endured the cross and it's not that we are carrying the weight of the cross ourselves prizes won the ultimate ways that we can never even imagine for our sins are built the same for us to truly follow him we have to join up to him labor together within South is denied so is is gone as we Julie Jacob across the fund itself is cut away your carrying the cross of Christ living within itself has no home in our lives Paul himself said across Galatians two euros twenty I crucified with Christ nevertheless I live in the high price of it in me and the like that on the less it lived me some of the will help for me I has no place in this new life as a user giving us this is only blueprint on how we can truly be his follower denying ourselves to him across then we can follow them what does it mean to follow Christ whether to remain the Bible gives us some examples returned to first Peter first Peter chapter one verses twenty one through twenty four in first Peter chapter one verses twenty one through twenty four misuse me a chapter to first Peter chapter two the Bible says for even hereunto were ye called everyone of us are called why because Christ also suffered for us in the margin you can also receptor for you leaving us an example you should follow his steps was to follow in Christ that's what are the steps bio says he did no sin neither was guile found in his mouth he was reviled reviled not again when he suffered he threatened not but committed himself to him that judges righteously to his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness by the stripes we are healed for ye were as sheep going astray but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls the Bible is calling us that we so if we are called right title the office of her brother followed in his footsteps but I have eaten in his spouse follow the Holy Spirit will allow us to actually walk each step of Christ what was the power that the grace to do so the disastrous twenty five said we were sheep going astray going after our own thoughts and feelings when we are truly bearing the cross of Christ he says as he is the act the good Shepherd is she hear his voice and follow will have a connection with Christ it concerned his voice in the following in first John two six says that it is sapient life in him ought himself also so to walk even as he walked the Bible very clearly prices are only example not to look to the welded to one another but to follow Christ decries firmly fixed on him following his example and he will be this own will is not only the guys we are to resist our feelings our desires and to step in price footsteps elegant illustration here of the Old Testament looked at very briefly this morning the steps it takes to follow Christ let's look an example in the Bible so when God says Pollock and not be familiar with the story of healing jersey numbers chapter fourteen number fourteen but rather this be interned there are almost on the borders of the promised land in the fears out of Egypt have a finite the Lord is ready to leave them all across the Jordan indicated in spies were sent out to search the land he could be a good man he came back with graves so big that the two men as well as it randomly went to the demand but again the spies gave a false report by the land was a hard landfill and giants which it was the Giants were strong cities but they did a false report but the Lord 's servant to step in numbers fourteen the people after hearing these false reports or so afraid of Philip without debate apply themselves happens to lead them back to Egypt made the crossover into the promised land visit the Lord cannot listen it's too hard we cannot do this let's go back to either go back to bondage begin the Lord had his his people enemy is a big oven chapter fourteen verse six and Joshua the son of noting she loves the son of Disneyland which are then there's there's a limit their clothes and they spake unto all the company the children of Israel saying the land which we passed through the surgeon is an exceeding good man the Lord delight in us than he will bring us into this land and given us a land which flowing with milk and honey on the rebel not against the Lord neither do the people of the land they are bred for us him them in the Lord is with us here they're not so Caleb and Joshua Caleb especially vital points out the only one standing up the whole congregation is filled with fear but he turned back to Egypt to be spent up to vindicate God 's name it promised to lead them into this land of Canaan and the countless innocent step out in faith with your next verse the condition of the people all the congregation bade stone them with stones and the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation for all the children is to stand up for the Lord needs to be willing to speak the truth even though the whole world the whole congregation as a Navy gravestone you as we go further down we see what the Lord has to say about human papers twenty four because of their beds out the Lord commanded him to go back into the wilderness for forty years those who really complain what died while the rest of the children back the Lord says in verse twenty four but my servant Caleb because he had another spirit with him and have followed me folding him will I bring into the land were into he went and his seed shall possess it so how much that Caleb Allah Lord if I only gather parts and it always enforces all employee to fully follow Lord means to be willing to give everything even if it's her own life for his cause and glorify his name to complete his work need to have that same spirit that Caleb had always very low benefit Chavez to stand up alone this is only accomplished to be done the previous steps so Don felt to be crucified with taking up the process and labor the price following as we went down to our time prophecy tells us that it will be a people with this spirit was good Palin Turner Revelation chapter fourteen relationship of fourteen was promised the people of the employees related fourteen will start the first four they supporting this for these are they which were not defiled with women for they are virgins these are they which follow the man with the celebrity bill these were redeemed from among men being the firstfruits unto God and to the land and in their mouth was found no guile they are without fault before the dots one hundred forty four thousand and he has promised will have a whole generation for following employee following price for land where everything goes any of all blocks have all gone through that process of denying self which is the constant process of dozen stopped going to get one day its moment by moment God 's grace we can do that need taken up across with Christ their cool labors within risking their lives to bring the gospel to those who have not heard this in their lives to seek and save those who price guide for those who know that they are willing to give up their life the stand for God 's truth God willing everyone is here have that same experience will have experience of being price the sideways follower would take up our time after the knife self and follow Christ wherever he goes so we had this this brief study is what really needs to follow crisis morning and the sellers want to go into I know that we would often take the word Christian we don't really look at exactly what that means what it means not experience it's not just the profession of believing Christ it's a life experience and perhaps we haven't yet experienced that full surrender to God 's is waiting for us to do so the quick illustration is looking to have the sanctuary but that's out to look at this whole process and that the view of the sanctuary again or this website in it it were moments that look at denying Celtic about crossing Holly Christ the light of the sanctuary when a person had to bring the sacrifice for this significantly to the tabernacle the Sabbath was not very close to that intent and dwellings there was a great distance between the person coming bring the sacrifice at the first humble themselves is there in plain view to everyone is all around you South had no place and they came to the tabernacle he came to the door and they saw before them that altar and that the symbol of the cross of Christ that sacrifice they sacrifice is killing me one author makes you are being crucified and risen my with Christ and if you follow that land even further into the sanctuary see that guy is that your experience with the following price as you watch any saw the cable shall read God 's word is taken each day turns your life easier candlesticks eyewitness every day Leah light shine through the Holy Spirit and we haven't her life as well so all these things we see as the following price elsewhere he's going to be this idea may not complete surrender isn't anything they were holding back their God is way too great things through a simple only allow him related to shared inspiring quotes and even the pen of inspiration design pages chapter four seventeen thirty page four seventeen is his love for souls and price guide means crucifixion itself he was a child of God should henceforth look upon himself as a link in the chain went down to see the world one with Christ in his plan of mercy going forth with him to seek and save the lost the Christian is ever to realizing he has consecrated himself to God and the character used to reveal Christ to the world the self-sacrifice of sympathy the love manifested in the life of Christ are to be appear in the life of the worker forgot given as we commented how much they had we followed him like disciples were saving all whatever that means underneath our education our job equals losing their hold so dear unwilling to give those up in the Lord axis two that's what it's going to take us to be part of that bedroom the goddess 's leading magazine 's problems cited in slightly different appeal to those who have you been convicted this morning that you truly want to follow Christ we see what it really means is not just a profession and name it sends daily experience that practical example of a well conceived your willing to make this commitment now and to whom I what it takes follow Christ I like to stand with me and as we sing if you take your handles as well concerns you number six twenty three I will follow the posting verses one the first and last verse again number six three and move on to say in and will will in to you and will and is a living in and will and in a you is a and I and you have me father when he had given up so much and advised that we cannot understand you given enough that we might be saved but we know nothing of sacrifice we know nothing of what it means and myself but we have not been taking up our cross and following you is not to avoid the disaster that this day is we have stood up and made his candidacy he would give us the grace the power to lead to truly lead live this life to show the world what you are creator here the Redeemer and you can create an crossword prayed as we care Robin all those easier to see and we pray that your Holy Spirit will be my truly reflect your character the following is fully learning to be part of that generation that will follow you with us whether you go Lord help us to leave this place changed and continue to live with the Holy Spirit and the Sabbath day thank you for all these things have in Christ precious name address and


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