Matthew 28:19-20 and Luke 9:23-26
Two Focus Words: __________ _______________
Becoming a disciple means becoming a devoted ______________ of Christ – not just a ________
Becoming a disciple results in radical ________ __________
- It involves ________-___________
- It involves ___________ _____________
- It involves _________________ to Christ
Question: Are you a Disciple?
Follow Jesus and Live
- What change does God want in my life or beliefs?
- What will be the 1st step?
Clean out your closets and garage and bring them to the Church Wide Yard Sale on May 7. A portion of the proceeds with go the Van Fund and the City View U Passion trip.
Boxed Lunch Are available Sunday, April 24, following the Morning worship. Remember, all proceeds go to help our students with their ministry costs.
I know how many of you feel deep gut-wrenching pangs over what is going on in our nation. It seems we are living in such a dark, dark time; and we are. To “right the ship” so to speak, so much needs to happen. We must absolutely turn to God. But we must also remember that God has given us a task.
We have talked much about seeing the need, feeling compassion for the lost, praying to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers, and going to make disciples. Today, I want you to see the importance of our task. We are to be Watchmen or WatchPeople, “sounding the alarm” of warning. Think of the loud aerial attack sirens of WWII, announcing the approach of an enemy bomber. Our job is to Sound the Alarm.
In Ezekiel 33, God tells Ezekiel that he is to be God’s “watchman.” He was to like the guard on the wall, watching and warning when the enemy came to attack. But in Ezekiel 33:7 God told him, “I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for me.” Ezekiel’s job was not to warn about the enemy; he was to warn sinners of God’s judgment. Think about these people:
- Noah did not preach to the people for a 100 years, saying, “something good is going to happen to you!”
- Jeremiah was not put in the pit for preaching, “I’m okay; you’re okay!”
- John the Baptist did not preach in the wilderness and eventually lose his head because he preached, “Smile, God love you!”
- The two prophets who come in the end times will not be killed for preaching, “God is in heaven and all is right with the world!”
No, these men were (and will be) “watchmen,” sounding God’s alarm among desperately lost and sinful people. Even Jesus sounded the alarm. In Matthew 4:17 we read, “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
You and I must be God’s WatchPeople on the wall today. Our job is to warn our neighbors, to warn our friends, to warn our city and our nation, to warn the sinners of the earth of the great danger. There is no time to play around or to sleep. We need to warn sinners to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Reaching Gen-Z is a conference by our TN Baptist Convention, held at Knox County Association of Baptists (KCAB). This training is for children workers, student workers, and pastors to focus on the urgency of reaching this new generation born since 9/11.
KCAB is offering this conference tomorrow, April 11, at two different times:
- from 10:30 a.m. to noon (lunch provided) or
- from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (dinner provided)
If you are interested in attending this conference, please sign-up on the iCare table or call the KCAB office directly at (865) 693-9097.
Sign up today at the iCare table to receive your Food for Passion boxed lunch on Sunday, April 24, following the Morning worship. Remember, all proceeds go to help our students with their ministry costs.
Parents’ Night Out is this Saturday, April 16, from 6 to 10 p.m.
For our missionaries. Remember to pray for them.