What do you think is more important – helping people find Jesus or helping people follow Jesus? We continue our Life Is A Highway series as we look at the types of people who follow Jesus. We’ll also explore the steep costs and rewarding benefits of following Jesus. Paul Kiss unpacks Mark 10:17-31, Matthew 19; and Luke 18 in this week’s message titled, “Following Jesus.”
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: September 16, 2018
We’re all followers. But who/what are we following?
Two Types of Jesus followers:
1. Jesus plus “fill-in-the-blank” followers.
● The Wealthy Man Text: Mark 10:17-22
“I have kept all these since I was a young man.”
2. Jesus alone followers.
● The Disciples of Jesus Text: Mark 10:23-27
“We’ve given up everything to follow you.”
Text: Mark 10:28
“Everyone who has given up (things) for my sake…”
Costs and Benefits of Following Jesus
Text: Mark 10:29-31; Luke 14:25-35
“I assure you that everyone who has given up…will receive now in return a 100 times…along with persecution… and in the world to come, eternal life.”
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
And where you invest your love, you invest your life
Awake my soul. Awake my soul. Awake my soul
For you were made to meet your maker.
–Mumford and Sons, “Awake My Soul.”
1. When you consider the concept of “following Jesus,” what comes to mind?
2. What do you think is more important – helping people find Jesus or helping people follow Jesus?
3. Have a glance through the stories between Mark 8:22 to 10:52. What ideas does Mark portray about what following Jesus is like, in these stories?
4. In Mark 8:22 and 10:46, Mark introduces two stories about different blind men whom Jesus heals. What do these stories indicate about how people “see” and understand about the Kingdom of God?
5. We have often equated “discipleship” (following Jesus), with knowing stuff about the Bible, about Jesus, or God. What does the story of the rich man and Jesus (Mark 10:17-31), tell us about what following Jesus is like?
6. How might your group consider what it means to follow Jesus together? What would that look like? What could you do to grow in this area?
1. Listen to the Mumford and Sons song, “Awake My Soul.”
2. Go to Mark Baker’s, “Discipleship and Ethics” website and watch the video about Les Mis, in the section on Discipleship and Ethics: [watch here]