Life Point Baptist Church is pleased to announce two things. (1) The return to in-person services, and (2) the beginning of The Gospel Project. Join us each Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. for this exciting study of the Gospel in every book of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. If you can’t join us in person, follow this blog to keep up with the teaching. As always, please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or comments. May God bless you in a special way this week.
In Luke 9, Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of His death, burial and resurrection, before telling His disciples that they must take up their cross to follow Him. What does it mean to take up your cross? Check out today’s message, posted above, as Pastor Leland Acker defines the Gospel, then discusses what it really means to take up your cross.
Jesus called us to do more than say a sinners prayer and rest upon our blessed assurance. He called us to follow Him.
In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
The call to follow Jesus is the call to an amazing lifelong journey in which you will literally see amazing things.
The life of a disciple is truly a transformational and fascinating experience. Think about it. When we read the Gospels, we often imagine ourselves as one of the disciples, as one who would follow and learn from Jesus.
In fact, there’s an entire TV series dedicated to that idea. The Chosen spends as much time, if not more, exploring the lives of the disciples and their personalities than it does recreating the events of the Bible.
None of us imagine ourselves as just one of the townspeople, Roman soldiers or Pharisees. We tend to imagine ourselves as disciples. That’s where Jesus was. That’s where the action was.
But life for the disciples was not for the faint hearted, and neither is life for disciples today. When Jesus issued this call to discipleship, He clearly set tough expectations. He made it plainly known what we should expect.
In Luke 9:23, we see three steps to discipleship.
1. Discipleship begins with the commitment to follow Jesus. Jesus had just predicted His death, burial and resurrection for our sins according to the scriptures. He then said, “If any will come after me.” Basically, He was saying, “This is where we’re headed.” To follow Jesus meant that you would have to be committed to the cause.
2. Discipleship involves sacrifice. Jesus’ next words were “let him deny himself.” Denying yourself means foregoing current temporary pleasures in order to achieve the greater goal of following Jesus. Sometimes this involves financial or career sacrifice. Sometimes this means discontinuing activities that are not pleasing to the Lord. Either way, there is sacrifice.
3. Discipleship involves following. This means we learn from the Lord and conform our lives accordingly.
Being a disciple means learning from the Lord and growing in your faith. This is an endeavor we have all undertaken. This is a journey that is best taken together.
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Have you ever been struggling with an issue, only to go to church and hear the preacher say that the answer to your problem is “in the Book?”
You might be wondering what book or chapter deals specifically with your problem. After all, many Bibles (depending on font size) have more than 1,500 pages. How do I know where to look?
While there are specific passages that deal with specific issues in the Bible, scripture’s cure-all power comes not in finding the right remedy for the right problem at the right time. Scripture works more like an inoculation. By consistently reading the Bible and learning its message, you can set yourself up to be at peace when the storms of life rage.
The Bible tells us the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which demonstrates how Christ redeemed those who will trust Him as Savior and how He transforms them through His continual work in their lives. Through reading the Bible, you not only get the saving message of the Gospel, but you also learn about God’s nature, grace, power, and the nature of this world, and the role the events of your life play in your transformation.
If you have a specific issue that you are facing, and want to know what the Bible says about it, message us below. For ongoing Bible reading and teaching, feel free to join us on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. at 599 Sunrise Drive in Early, Tex.
In Luke 9, Jesus sent the disciples out into the villages to preach the Gospel and heal the people. As His fame grew, Herod heard about Him and was perplexed. The last great prophet that drew a following was John the Baptist, and Herod had him beheaded.
In his exasperation, Herod asked, “Who is this?”
It’s possible that Herod had a guilty conscience and knew his day of judgment was coming. Or, maybe he was simply curious. Either way, his question stood, and it’s a question upon which the eternal destiny of every individual hangs.
“Who is Jesus?”
In Luke 9, we see that Jesus was many things to many people. Some saw Him as a great prophet, or the resurrection of one of the great prophets.
To those whom He miraculously fed, He was a free (and much needed) meal.
But when He asked Peter, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter responded, “The Christ of God.”
In that confession, Peter proclaimed that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah, and the Savior and Redeemer of Israel, as well as all mankind. Jesus went on to discuss the Gospel with Peter, how that He would die and rise again to redeem man from sin.
We live in a world today where people are encouraged to define and live by their own truths… Their own beliefs. This freedom is essential in allowing us to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, and to live our lives in peace and Godliness, which is God’s will for us.
However, our freedom to define truth and our own belief system does not mean that there are no wrong answers. The question of Who Jesus is must be correctly answered, and accepted, or the sinner is doomed.
For many, Jesus is a wise prophet or a great teacher. For others, He is merely a source of blessing. Some treat Him like a magic genie or a trump card to fulfill their desires in this life. To others, He is a culture warrior who shakes the foundation of the establishment and exacts social justice.
While some of these descriptions fit, the truth is that Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God, who took on the form of man, lived sinlessly, and then went to the cross to pay for our sin, freeing us from guilt and reconciling us to God.
His resurrection conquered death and gave us hope for eternal life.
That is the true Gospel. That is the central message of Christianity. That is what we believe, and it’s what brings us hope.
In Luke 9, you see the people being distracted by the miracles and events surrounding the ministry of Christ. Today, we can be distracted by controversies, politics, debates and economic conditions surrounding the church. Let us tune out the noise and get back to what matters.
Who is Jesus?
He is my Savior and Redeemer, the one Who didn’t see the good in me, but rather put the good in Himself as He transformed me into the person He intended on me being. He is my source of hope, and the reason I live and minister today.
Who is Jesus to you?