Friday, July 30, 2010

Speaking to Bikes, Boards and Blades "What's Holding You Back?"

Kurtis Nolan took all the photos in this post.

I was given the opportunity to speak to the Bikes, Boards, and Blades campers. I challenged them to figure out was is preventing them from getting in the way of them following Christ, or putting their faith in Him.

Below is my notes from my message.
-Read Luke 9:57-62
- All 3 Men must have wrong motives
-They have something in their life that is holding them back from fully committing.

1. First Man
- Read Luke 9:57-58
-Not willing to live with out normal necessities of life.
-Jesus didn’t always have a place to sleep or food to eat.

2. Second Man
            -Read Luke 9:59-60
            -Why wouldn’t Jesus let him bury his father?
            -If dead already in proceedings
-Father possibly not dead or close to death.
-Waiting for Inheritance

3. Third Man
            -Read Luke 9:61-62
            -Why wouldn’t Jesus let him simply say goodbye to his family that seems normal
            -Because he is hesitant to follow Christ
            -He is “looking back” on things/life he would have had if he didn’t follow
            -Jesus uses illustration of a plow to illustrate hard work in following him
            -When you plow you have hard soil and resistance from rocks/roots
            -Also when you follow Christ have resistance from people/prevent God’s work
            -When you look back it is hard to stay in a straight line.
-When you “look back” you are contemplating quitting
            -You start to wish you had the things and the life if you were not in ministry
            -Start planning on a exit to get worldly desires
-Possibly didn’t want to leave past sin, accomplishments

Summary of 3 Men
-All 3 men had idols that where stopping them from serving the Lord.
-They preferred what the world had to offer, over what God had in store
-What is keeping you from following God? Fear, giving things up, normal way of life…
Using skateboarding as example
-        Personal Testimony
o   Skateboarding
o   Time Spent Skateboarding
**Level of Importance - became and idol**
o   Moving
o   Contemplating not WOLBI
o   WOLBI – wanting missions
o   God using skating for ministry
-        Either Fully devoted to Christ or something preventing you from following Christ.
-        Whether it’s from ministry or putting your trust in Christ
-        If you haven’t put your trust in Christ death on the cross to pay for you sins, Make a list of reasons
1. Deny Self
-Background of getting disciples – cast net on other side
-Luke 5:11
“So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.”
-Matthew 10:38-39
“And anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
-Are you willing to lose your life for Christ, or are you going to hold on to your life.

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