Pastor Shane Ham : Jesus is Worth it All

World Changers · 47:41 · Recorded July 23, 2017

Jesus Is Worth It All

Psalm 145:4 (NASB) One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.

A small group willing to take BIG risks!

Nate & Marj Saint; Jim & Elizabeth Elliot; Roger & Barbara Youderian; Pete & Olive Fleming, Ed & Marilou McCully.

2 Corinthians 5:1 (KJV) For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

What was it that moved them?

1. They believed that life is about knowing God and making God known!

John 17:3 (MSG) And this is the real and eternal life: That they know you, The one and only true God, And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV,NASB) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field… “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

Marked by incredible affection toward Him.

Luke 14:25-26 (NIV) Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.

Marked by determined obedience to Him!

Mark 10:21-22 (NIV) Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

2. They resolved it’s better to lose your life in service to God than to waste it.

Matthew 25:29 (NLT) To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

How do I know when God is moving me?

An emerging vision of what can be.
A settling conviction of what should be.
A deepening sense of personal responsibility.

Jeremiah 20:9 (NASB) But if I say, “I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name, “Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it.

3. They trusted God works EVERYTHING for His own glory!

Matthew 28:18-19 (NCV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world.

John 12:24-26 (NCV) I tell you the truth, a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to make many seeds. But if it never dies, it remains only a single seed. Those who love their lives will lose them, but those who hate their lives in this world will keep true life forever. Whoever serves me must follow me. Then my servant will be with me everywhere I am. My Father will honor anyone who serves me.

Mark 4:37-38, 40 (NIV) A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”…He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Psalm 34:10 (NASB)_ The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

Read Matthew 13:44-46. Compared to the man and the merchant, how valuable is the kingdom to you and why: (a) It’s worth more than anything else. (b) I think I’d miss too many of the other things. (c) I’m not ready to put all my eggs in one basket._ Choose one and discuss with your small group.

“A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will die for!” (Hendricks). Our convictions determine our conduct. They motivate us to take a stand and to act according to our values. How have your convictions affected decisions you’ve made? On what issues do you need to take a stand based on your convictions?

Of the three main points, which one do you wrestle with the most and why?

What about this story has inspired you the most?

According to Mark 10:21-22, the man’s attitude made him unable to keep the first commandment, to let nothing be more important than God. He could not meet the one requirement Jesus gave—to turn his whole heart and life over to God. What barriers are keeping you from turning your whole life to Christ?

When God’s living message of forgiveness becomes “fire in your bones”, you also will feel compelled to share it with others, regardless of the results. How can you live out that “fire in your bones” this week? Share with your small group.

Parents, today your kid learned a story from the life of Jesus to help them see what it looks like to live with compassion. Ask them who was sick in the story. What was wrong with the man? Find out what Jesus did to heal the man. When Jesus touched the man, He showed great compassion. How can we show compassion to those around us?

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