Sermon notes Lent2 yr b

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  NLT Recovery Bible

There are three parts to wishing to follow behind Jesus:

 deny oneself
 take up one’s cross
3.     follow Jesus

These are followed by five other sayings:

  Saving one’s life (8:35)
  What’s the benefit (8:36)
  Life’s Price (8:37)
  Son of Man ashamed (8:38)
  Some standing here (9:1)

DISCUSSION QUESTION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO DENY YOURSELF?

Teens said that “to deny self” means:

-To deny self means to give up your personal wants for the greater good.

-To deny self means to put the needs of others first.

-To deny self means to take care of people whom God has put on our doorstep.

-To deny self means to be like Mother Theresa in her selflessness.

-To deny self means to daily drown my own needs and put the needs of other people before my own. 

-To deny self means to accommodate your lifestyle for the sake of the family.

-To deny self means to put aside those parts of our lives which are sinful; to turn to Jesus.

-To deny self means to be convicted of my own sin, that I am not living a worthy life.

-To deny self means to deny my old life of sin and sinfulness.

-To deny self means to deny overeating, overdrinking, overworking, etc.

-To deny self means to seek God’s will, let God lead us, and daily submit to God.

-To deny self means to face activities we would otherwise not chose, activities that yield greater spiritual rewards.

-To deny self means to pray for others needs ahead of your own.

-To deny self means to give up a planned pleasure without being a martyr.

-To deny self means the sequence of J.O.Y. = Jesus, Others, Yourself.

-To deny self means to deny the plans and pleasures a person had for one’s life.

-To deny self means to take care of a person in need that God placed in front of you e.g. an aging parent, sick child, a foster child.

-To deny self means frustration and tension in trying to balance the needs to care for my  aging parent with the needs to care for my nuclear family and children.

-and take up their cross (daily) and follow me.  Jesus wanted the crowds to know the high cost of discipleship. We sense what it means for us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ. This verses needs to be memorized.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO PICK UP YOUR CROSS DAILY?

Teens answered the this question as follows:

-To take up our cross daily means to take up the burden of another person’ life.

-To take up our cross  daily means to take up the burdens of my own life.

-To take up our cross daily means to pick up the burden has in one’s life such a

devastating disease or accident or handicap.

-To take up our cross daily is like carrying my brother/sister on my back. Because that person is my brother or sister, I do not think of them as heavy. To someone else, it may seem that my mother or father is a burden, but they are not.

-To take up our cross daily means to be open and flexible to God’s plan.

-To take up our cross daily means to focus on the needs that God places before me daily.

-To take up our cross daily means that we fail. That is, we do not do it.

-To take up our cross daily means to try to be loving every day.

-To take up our cross daily means to have grace under pressure.

-To take up our cross daily means to go the extra mile and do our jobs of life well.

-To take up our cross daily means to work on my relationship with my mother and with people I do not like.

-To take up our cross daily means to go against what our culture/media say is success.

-For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.  

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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