The following is a lightly edited transcript.
1. Report the excellent news.
Inform unbelievers the news initially. Foreground the news. Make the news prominent. The globe does not know the news. They assume they know lots of God’s needs. “Self-denial? You know we heard about this.” But they didn’t actually get the news.
So, foreground the news. God planned, God prophesied, God performed a ransom for sinners. Jesus embraced the program and became the functionality — suffered, rejected, murdered, raised. Knowingly, intentionally, obediently, triumphantly.
Make the objective details of the glorious, Jesus-exalting news clear. There’s no other way that the subsequent methods of the gospel can take place if they do not know the news, simply because it is in the news that they see him. And they have to fall in like with him to be in.
two. Plead with them.
Urge them to appear at Jesus in the news. Appear at Jesus. Appear at him suffering. Appear at him becoming rejected. Appear at him dying. Appear at him increasing. Appear. What do you see?
That is what you do: You urge. You plead. “Don’t you see? This is the greatest particular person who ever was. This is beauty. This is glory. This is worth. This is all the things. Do not you see?”
three. Warn them.
Warn them that to like this globe — to like its possessions and to like its praise extra than they like Jesus — will price them their lives forever. Inform them that. That is what Jesus does.
“God planned, God prophesied, and God performed a ransom for sinners.”
Warn them that Jesus is coming back. He’s coming back, and when he comes in the glory of the Creator of the universe, and with holy, holy, holy angels — millions of them — nothing at all you have ever owned, no praise you have ever received will make up for any disapproval of Jesus you have ever shown. Your shame of Jesus will bring down shame on your head.
Warn them. We require to warn people today with tears, eyeball to eyeball, at a restaurant more than the table.
four. Guarantee them joy.
Guarantee them, in the name of Jesus, that what ever have to be denied in this life bears no comparison to the joy of becoming with Jesus on the Calvary road and the glory that we will have with Jesus right after the Calvary road in the new globe. No comparison. Non-believers require to be told that.
Do not let them — specially if they’ve grown up in church — fasten on the word self-denial, as if it indicates Christians are not capable of experiencing unspeakable joy.
What a travesty in understanding the term self-denial, suitable? Make it clear. Make it crystal clear from this text, Mark eight:34–38, that the self that is to be denied is the self bent on suicide. That is the only self to be denied: the a single that is bent on eternal suicide the a single that is bent on the insane believed that owning the globe is greater than belonging to the Son of Man. That is insane.
Inform them that denying that self is wisdom, joy, everlasting hope. Make positive they know that the only self that is becoming denied is the self of the utter foolishness of craving the approval of man more than a million angels and the Father and the Son. Insane. Crazy. Folly.
Do not get as well loud in the restaurant. But it is attainable to aid them see. They’ll in no way neglect that conversation. They will not ever neglect it. Do not let them fasten onto self-denial something other than what Jesus indicates. There is completely a self to be denied, but that self will kill your joy forever.
Kill it. Kill that self. Get up in the morning and say, “You’re dead!” Go to bed at evening and say, “You’re dead! I will not have you killing my joy forever.”
Fill them with the promises of Jesus. The bottom line in Mark eight:35 is: You will reside.
five. Speak honestly about suffering.
Be like Jesus and be like Paul, and make positive the people today that you are evangelizing know from the begin: “through lots of tribulations we have to enter the kingdom” (Acts 14:22). You will endure in this life. Do not do any sugarcoating or bait and switch.
“The self that is to be denied is the self bent on suicide.”
Jesus was up front all the time about suffering in the Christian life, and Paul was as well. Count the price. I do not want you to get on the road and be shocked when the suffering comes. It will come. Count the price. Inform them a thing like this:
“If the all-governing, all-controlling, sovereign, merciful God was weaving a fabric of beauty and hope out of sufferings, rejection, murder, and resurrection of the Son of Man — if he was weaving, stitching, in his sovereignty, a fabric out of horrors upon horrors of sinful rejection and sinful murder, a fabric of beauty and a fabric of hope — then do not you assume that he can and will weave out of the torn pieces of your life, and out of the tangled threads of your life, a wonderful tapestry for his glory?”
And then, when you are carried out, you say, “Can I pray?”
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