All or Nothing
What Is Worth Dying For?
Jesus declares He is worth dying for
Matthew 16:24 If anyone wants to follow me…
1. Deny yourself
-free will, voluntarily submitting to Jesus
-renounce everything that might personally hinder our loyalty
To Jesus Christ, or keep us from being more like Him
-NOT self-abuse or lack of self-worth
-A child of God should be the most secure in self-worth!
-Jesus came to die for us, redeem us, adopt us
2. Take up your cross
-echoes Matthew 10:38
-opposite of what Peter thought- Matthew 16:21-23
-willing to suffer the shame and rejection by this world
-willing to pay the ultimate price if necessary
3. Follow Jesus
-energetic and active decision, not passive
-we follow Jesus in the way he already lived
-Hebrews 4:15-16 He knows our struggles!
What do we have to lose?
Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it.
-Does your object of worship promise eternal life?
-Are you experiencing true meaning and purpose?
-Does what you worship truly satisfy your soul?
-Jesus invites us to trust in Him to find real life and purpose!
For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will anyone give in exchange for his life?
-Everyone sells out to something! (we all worship)
-We must measure the cost with an eye on eternity!
-Worship this world and you will only get what this world offers
Psalm 49:6-9 They trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches. Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God—since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying—so that he may forever live and not see the Pit.
Stop trying to redeem your life
and trust in the One who already did!
How do we follow Jesus?
Believe in Jesus John 3:16
Trust Jesus completely John 14:6
Keep following Jesus John 15:4-5
-Bible study- what did Jesus do, say, command?
-Godly People- what is their advice, encouragement, warning?
-Circumstances- what can you do right now
-Connection Card, Email, Facebook Message
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Well, if you'll turn to Matthew 16, we will be there. We're going to travel through Matthew, all the way to the cross and all the way into Easter to the resurrection. For the next several weeks, we're going to be in Matthew. We've been in Matthew already. I told you when we took to Matthew 13, what a big chapter it was with several stories - parables, and we're going to continue on through that now. And if you want, if you're one of those that likes to look ahead, I encourage you to read chapter 16 and following and kind of get a feel for the entire context of what we're going to be talking about, because we're not going to be able to highlight in the short few weeks that we'll be together before Easter; we are not going to be highlight every single story in the rest of Matthew's Gospel.
Matthew was a disciple of Jesus Christ, the tax collector that Jesus said follow me. He left his post as a tax collector for the Roman government and he began to follow Jesus Christ. And he indeed was... it is rumored tradition that he was murdered for his faith in Jesus Christ. He writes this story to us of the life and times of Jesus Christ that we might believe in Jesus Christ. In the context of this particular passage that we are going to discuss this morning in chapter 16 is right after the moment in which Peter uttered his famous words about who Jesus was. Jesus said, "But who, who do you say that I am?" And Peter would say in verse 16, as it's recorded in Matthew's Gospel, you are the Messiah, the son of the living God, and Jesus said, "That's the right thing. You got it. Bing, ding, ding, ding, ding, winner, winner, chicken dinner. You got it."
And then he begins to talk about the church and how Peter's faith was the kind of faith that the church will be built on, and the rock. All of this imagery that we see here, and then Peter, just like you and I - don't we like, yay, victory. We win. And then we do something really silly. Dare I say the curse word stupid. Hi Cindy, let's give it up for Cindy, she's here today. I can't believe I didn't see her, man! You can't know a person that tries harder to get to church than that lady right there. I'm just telling you right. So anyway, I'm glad you're here. Good stuff.
So Peter he's like puts his foot in his mouth immediately because Jesus says, "Oh, by the way, this Messiah that you've just proclaimed, me, the Messiah, I'm going to die and rise again. I'm going to suffer at the hands of the Jews. We're going down to Jerusalem. And this was the moment literally that they're kind of on this upper area of kind of north or they're above Jerusalem. And literally, in the topography of the land, they were actually higher than Jerusalem. And Jesus is walking down towards Jerusalem and He would be going down, down, down, down, down, down, down to His death. It was at this moment that more and more people were scattering. They didn't want to be around Him because He was saying things that they didn't like. They were there to get, get, get, get and Jesus was giving it. He was feeding them. He was healing them. But He began to say the hard things that were causing them to go, wait a minute, I thought He was the revolutionary that would overthrow this government that was oppressing us.
And when He began to say things that didn't mix with what they thought He should be saying, they began to leave Him. So this is the moment in life, where we are with the life of Jesus Christ. It's going down, down, down eventually to the cross and more and more people are appealing off of Him in His public ministry. And Peter's like, "There's no way that's going to happen. God forbid that this would happen. There's no way that was going to happen that you're going to die." And Jesus turned to Peter, the one who he had just said, "Boy, you got it right." And he said, "Get behind me, Satan." Have you ever kind a by Satan? I mean, that person is a representation of evil. Get away from me. What you just said, I don't want anything to do with. That's a very serious statement. Jesus didn't say anything flippantly; everything he said was perfect.
Now, you calling someone Satan, I'm not. I don't know if that was perfect or not. But Jesus, He was absolutely spot on when He said, "Peter, what you're saying is Satanic. I must suffer and die for the sins of the world." What do we just sing? We just sang it. They said His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished. We just sang that. We know on this side of Calvary, this side of the cross, that it was His death that brings us life. But Peter didn't see that yet. He didn't know the end of the story. The end of the story hadn't yet been lived nor written about. And so, Peter just get had it all mixed up and Jesus says that is Satanic, get away from me.
So this is the context that we're in the middle of, and so Peter's like, what? You can imagine the disciples are like, you know, Jesus is saying all these things and we don't really think about what were the expressions of the disciples. Like, "Whoa, he just called Peter what?" And Jesus explained himself. Jesus said to His disciples, verse 24, "If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life, or what will anyone give in exchange for his?" I have a question to ask this morning, what is worth dying for? What is worth dying for? Freedom? We live in the land of the free because somebody decided - quite a few people decided that they were going to fight the tyranny of England and break free to be what would we now have called the United States of America. And people died in wars to fight for the freedom of our nation.
When you see a soldier, when you see somebody who's signed on the dotted line, they'll pay the ultimate price. I just say, thank you, I'm grateful for what you've done. I'm glad that you didn't have to pay the ultimate price, but you were willing because you believed it was worth fighting for. Ukraine, you know, that whole nation could have said, "All right, Putin, you can have it. We're out of here." Now you can't move that many people as fast as what Putin is coming across them, such an evil thing that's going on. But there are people that are moving, they're doubling back into the country. Young people that are saying, I can't stay over here in Poland, I got to go back over there and fight for my country because to them, it is worth dying for the cause of the independence and the sovereignty of the nation of Ukraine. Standing up against evil; we know that police officers and others, keepers of the peace, they choose to put themselves in harm's way because it's worth the dying for the innocent lives that would be lost if somebody didn't stand to protect them.
And then most recently there was the story, you may have read about it, when the massive tornado came through, which is unusual for this time of the year in Oklahoma. I believe it was Oklahoma where a husband paid the ultimate sacrifice because he laid on top of his wife to save her from the storm; he died and she lived. He believed that his wife was worth it. What's worth dying for? We all have our limits, we all have our answers, and we're not looking for courage in the room today for those issues that I just talked about. We're not even here to vote on what I just said. I just want you all to know that we all have a line. We all think about that. Some people believe in the right to carry arms and bear arms - concealed weapons. Around here, it's a don't ask don't tell. People are protecting us in this room, usually every Sunday, somewhere; we don't know who they are. I might know, but you don't know and it doesn't matter. And they believe that it's worth making sure that if some deranged or very clearly minded evil person comes in here to do harm as has been done in some houses of worship, they're willing to do what it takes to stop that person. And then other people would not necessarily make that decision.
All I'm saying to you is we all have an answer to that. And I'm telling you that Jesus proclaimed that He is worth dying for. He said in this passage, he said, "I am worth dying more. If you want to follow me, you need to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." And I want to unpack what He was asking of His followers in those three things. First of all, He said we need to deny ourselves. This is a free will voluntary submission to Jesus Christ. We're renouncing everything that might personally hinder our loyalty to Jesus Christ or keep us from being more like him. We're saying following Jesus is more important than satisfying my flesh. Following Jesus is more important than any other loyalty that I might have to this world system.
Now, this denying yourself is not saying I'm self-abased, I'm just a worthless worm. Some theologians call it worm theology. I'm just a worm. I'm just nothing. You know Christian ought to have the most highest self-worth feelings of any person in the world, because we know that the creator of the world looked down on where we were and saw what we were doing and said we were worth more than the behavior we were exhibiting in our lives and chose to come down, crawl up on a cross and die in our place that we might not have to pay the eternal punishment for what we did wrong. We were valuable. We were worth that much. You all clap for a sign. Can we clap for the fact that Jesus loves us? We're worth it. And if there's anyone here that says, “I don't mean anything, I'm not valuable" - you're listening to a lie. Get behind me, Satan. That's not true. You are valuable. You are loved. And He loved you this much. And he loves you this much where He invites anyone who might come. No matter where you are, no matter where you came from, no matter how far you feel, you are from God, He calls you out and wants you to be with himself.
He wants to free you from the tyranny of sin and death and suffering. He wants to free you from addiction. He wants to pull you from the things which you know are not satisfying and you need help escaping. This is not self-abuse or a lack of self-worth when you deny yourself. It's the same denial that a soldier says when he or she puts their name on the line that says, "I will suffer as a person, I will renounce the privileges of normal citizenship in our nation in order... I'll give up my rights in order to serve a higher cause. I'll deny myself."
It's the same conversation, right or wrong, like or not like it. When that man decided that he would not go into the school when there was a shooting going on and he hid, right or wrong, I don't know the whole story, but he was vilified. Why? Because he had put his name on the line that he was willing to sacrifice himself, and he put the uniform to say that he would, and he didn't, and he was ridiculed for what he did because he didn't do what he said he would do. I will deny my personal safety in order to protect the safety of other people. That's what military people do. That's what police officers do. That's what firefighters do. It's a normal thing. And Jesus is just saying in that same way that you would renounce yourself in normal circumstances, I'm telling you, deny yourself for the sake of me that others might find and know me, that your family might know me personally as savior and Lord, that your children and your children's children, and that all that you influence in the world would know that I'm more important than your personal gratification.
Deny yourself and take up your cross. Echoing Matthew 10:38, where He had said it earlier in His ministry, you must take up your cross and follow me. Luke adds that Jesus said, during this moment; take up your cross daily. This is a daily dying to self - the opposite of what Peter was saying, "No, Jesus, you're not supposed to die." If you follow Jesus, he died, if we follow Jesus we might possibly die. Now, this is not saying that everybody's going to. John the apostle did not die a martyr's death; he died of old age. Many, many, many, many, many Christians will never die a suffering death because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Praise God! This is not like a death wish. I don't want to die for Jesus, but I am I willing, right? Will I if I had to pay the ultimate price? If you're in the Columbine High School and that young lady said, do you believe in Jesus? And she said yes and he kills her. Would you have stood that test if you were asked by the gunman? I hope none of us have to answer that question. But Jesus is saying, when you sign up to follow me, the answer is, yes, I'm willing to do that. God help me if I ever have to.
Take up your cross, willing to suffer the shame and the rejection of the world. You know what a cross is. This was very common. This was something, this is not a, you know, my daily cross is my cancer. Cancer's horrible, but that's not a cross. My cross is the abuse I suffered at the hands of somebody who should never have done that to me. That's horrible. That's a scar. That's not the cross Jesus is talking about. Bear with me, somebody said, wait a minute, come on. Now I'm telling you, you got to read the Bible according to the context of the people listening to it for the first time, none of them would've ever put those things inserted into Jesus conversation. What they immediately went to were all the crosses were lined up along the public road of non-Roman citizens that were guilty and sentenced to capital crime, to capital death, and they were executed on these crosses. They were beaten half to death, stripped naked, nailed to the cross and made to rot there and die a horrific several days death.
And if they were dead enough acting, maybe the birds would start picking at their flesh while they could do nothing about it until they finally succumbed to death. And it was the most humiliating, most horrific, most excruciatingly and painful death known to man. And if you're a Roman citizen, you weren't allowed to die that way; they'd cut your head off. If you were sentenced to death, they'd cut your head off. That was mercy killing. But if you were not a Roman citizen, they'd strap you up on that horrible thing. And the Romans, they pretty much... they almost relished in this. It was a fear factor. Don't do what that guy did. Don't do what that girl did. Don't do what that guy did. If you do that, that's what happens to you. That's called deterrence to an nth degree. Get in line or suffer that. And when Jesus said, if you follow me, you need to be willing that even if it comes to that, get on a cross and die for me. And that the whole world might laugh at you, ridicule you, humiliate you in your suffering.
And Jesus says, it's all or nothing. It's not, "I'm a Christian now, I'm going to get a bunch of crosses and put them on my chain. I'm going to get a little sticker on the back of my car." A lot of people don't get bumper stickers anymore, but they put these little fish on there, they do little things here and they put little sayings. And once in a while, you post a nice little saying on Facebook because you're a Christian now, you do these things. And you get a little devotional book and you put here and there, and you get a little Jesus something for your work. And that's my cross. No, your cross is to die to self. Your cross is to follow Jesus no matter the cost. It's a whole different thing than this beautiful little thing that we have up here on the wall or we have behind the screen when we have the baptismal open.
It's an ugly reminder that when you are friends with Jesus, you're an enemy of the world system. We live in the world system, I pay my taxes, I pray for our governmental authorities, I pray for, I support, I do things, people we serve. Just because you become a Christian, you don't stop serving in the military. I mean, we move through this world, but we're not of this world. We're of a world to come that's eternal. And Jesus says, if in the midst of this world, it takes you suffering for me, that's what I'm asking you to do if you're following me.
And he says follow me, deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me. The wording in the Greek indicates an energetic and active decision. Not some passive decision. "Well, I'll think about it. I'll kind of follow Jesus today. I got something else doing this weekend, maybe I won't get the people of God. You know, I'm going to read my Bible. I'm just so - there's so many pages. I mean, there's not even pictures in mind." I mean, we have all these excuses of what we do and we say, I just don't know if that's really going to... No, following him says I'm actively participating in what God's up to in this world. End of discussion.
By the way, you're not measuring up to my standard, you're measuring up to His, because I'm at times, and even this week, sometimes a miserable example of the standard. Do you hear me here? I'm preaching to myself this morning. There ought to be a mirror on the back wall so I can see myself while I'm talking. I'm still working on this. I'm still what we call ourselves hypocrites in recovery. I'm not there. And last night as I was praying through this and this morning as I prayed through, I thought how much of a failure I am. And you might not see it on the outside, but on the inside, you know, have you ever been openly accepting of what's going on around you, but inwardly rebellious in your attitude? Have you ever done something but you didn't feel like doing it, but you did it anyway because your boss made you? How about kids? Have we ever obeyed our parents but we didn't have the right heart attitude? I mean, both hands in the air. I mean, we've done this. I mean, this is normal, sadly, unless they were really wrong about what they were making me do.
But when it comes to Jesus and He makes you do something, we should be going, "Yeah, I don't want to, but I need to, help me want to. Help my attitude." Forgive your enemies. Yeah, I just stepped on a toe, didn't I? I mean, that's hard to do, and Jesus says do it, energetically, enthusiastically, that's what I'm calling you to, follow me. And by the way, we follow a Jesus who already lived this way. Jesus, the one who it is said about in Hebrews 4:15, "We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need." This Jesus that says follow me was to tempted in the same way you were tempted, but he never sinned.
If any of you have ever tried to get over something you know is wrong in your life, it's called an addiction. It could be addiction to overeating, it could be addiction to a substance, it could be addiction to lust and sex, it could be an addiction, to you name it; it's just pure and simple rebellion. We do what we want to do and we know it's wrong but we want to do it anyway. But you stop doing it for a while - there's a word for that. We have a craving. Our flesh is still saying, feed me, feed me. What's the movie, Feed Me Seymour. Yeah, a little shop of horse. I'm a product of the eighties. And it grows. And the longer you don't do it, your body's saying, "You haven't taken care of me lately. Come on!" Jesus never gave in to the cravings.
If anybody knows how to get over anything, He does. Well, He never had to get over anything because He never started anything. If anyone knows how to be completely victorious, He does. And if anybody knows what it feels like to want to do something and not do it, He does. If there's someone to follow, I want to follow winners. Don't you? I want to follow someone who wins and is victorious. I sometimes am a bandwagon fan. I just want you to know that. Team starts winning a lot, I go, "Yeah, I'm going to root for that guy in the super bowl," because they're winning. I want to know how to win. I like being around winners. How many of you like to be around losers? I mean, I don't know, I don't think. We like winners. Jesus is the ultimate winner. If you're following Him, you're following a winner.
I don't know about this death thing, this suffering thing, but okay, He walked through the cross to the victory of resurrection Sunday. I want to find resurrection Sunday, but it does come through. It could possibly come through and it does come through denial, cross and follow. And that's what Jesus is saying here. And the question is, what do we have to lose? What do we have to lose? We have everything to lose. What does it say? "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it." And that next verse, "For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life, or what will anyone give in exchange for his life?"
I have a question as we it closer to the end here this morning. Does your object of worship promise you eternal life? You said what do you mean my object of worship? I mean that which you cherish the most, other than Jesus Christ. How much time do you spend on something that is apart from your worship of God? I'm not talking about that I love taking nature walks and it's God's nature and I'm enjoying what God gave me. I'm talking about you worship that thing more than you worship God. Like if it was like, be a part of what God's up to or be a part of this over here; I like that more. What do you spend your money on? Do you spend money on God honoring entertainment or do you spend your money on things that are very much against God in entertainment? I'm not saying that all secular entertainment is ungodly. I'm just saying, are you investing in things that are leading you away from God, more than leading you towards God?
Some people worship their children more than they worship God. If it's all about the children, more important than God, himself, modeling for their children that they are God. And that is a very sad moment because no child should ever be put the pressure on to perform like God performs. What do you invest your money in? I'm not talking about boosting the money for the building fund and all I'm talking about. How do you spend your money? Do you spend it in a way that God is telling you, you can spend it, you do whatever you want and you kind of have this, well, I'm supposed to give God percent and the rest I do whatever I want with? Or have you really come to the realization that God owns it all and you manage all of it of which a portion of it, He does ask us to trust him in tithing and offerings? But He owns all of it, which means I answer to Him how I spend my money on my house, how I spend my money in entertainment, how I spend my money on cars and things and food. I answer to Him for all of that, not just the part I give to the church.
In other words, what are you investing in? Are you investing in now? You're going to get what now gives you. Or are you investing in eternity, and eternity gives you forever? You see, everyone sells out to something. We all worship something, and we've got to measure the cost with eternity in mind. Worship this world and you'll get what only this world offers. You worship God, and as you're doing what you do, you're investing in what lasts forever. You're not going to preserve your life by investing in anything that this world is saying that you need to invest in. Yeah, I'm trying to save up enough money so that when I get old and feeble I don't move in with my children, unless they want me to and then I'm okay with that. No, she said no. I'm praying for one lawyer, doctor or somebody.
That's not the... you know, but I'm not living for retirement. I'm living for Jesus, even when I'm retired. Zero sum. I'm okay with that too. The last check is for what it costs to bury me, that's it. I wouldn't mind passing some onto my kids; I think that's a valuable noble thing, but my money's not going to buy them happiness. What they do with it and how they view it to the glory of God, that's where happiness comes from. What I'm saying is, Psalm 49, and maybe Jesus was alluding to this. When he was saying these things where it says in verse 6-9, "They trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches, yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God. Since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying so that he may forever live and not see the pit." Don't try to ransom your life with stuff. Jesus already redeemed your life. His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished. I have been to the cemetery, and rich and poor alike, the answer is, have they trusted in Jesus? Some are in some wonderful caskets, beautiful crips, [musilums30:47], some are in cardboard boxes that are made to look a little bit nicer than cardboard. They're all dead. And they're all answering to almighty God for how they invested themselves eternally.
While I wouldn't give up somebody to have a beautiful casket; that's not the point here. I don't care which, I go for it. That's kind of cool looking. I'm kind of mesmerized by some of the awesome statues and things in the cemeteries. I'm not here knocking any of that - I'm just saying. And I'm not here knocking going to an entertainment venue. I'm not here knocking going to the 10 Caps. I'm not here, no, I'm just saying that when you're done, sort of like at Christmas time, I love getting Christmas gifts. I get a Christmas gift or I get a birthday gift or I get something; the anticipation of getting it is more fun than a minute after I open it. You get home from vacation, you almost got to recover from vacation for a day, right? I mean, my son just went out west. He has all these awesome pictures of this landscape I've never seen with my own eyes and I'm sure his camera could not capture. And he is home now, he's back in Muncy. Nothing like where he was at. I mean, it's a nice place. My wife's from there, so I got to be careful. She's listening maybe.
But seriously, it's going to wear off pretty quick, because he's not there anymore. He's back in class on Monday. What's rewarding is beyond the experience, and that's the abiding experience of walking and being with Jesus while you're on vacation, while you're at home, while you're in entertainment, while you're doing the hard labor of work. When you've accomplished something at work and after you've accomplished something at work, because what you know is that what you've accomplished will fade, will have to be rebuilt, refixed, revived, renovated, remodeled, no matter what. Whatever you do is going to last for a season, but how you do it and who you do it for lasts forever. That's the bottom line.
Stop trying to redeem your life by what you're doing or what you're investing and trust in the one who already redeemed it. So how do we follow Jesus as we close? John 3:16 says we need to, whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. We had to believe in Jesus that he's the one true savior of the world, that He died for our sins and came back to life three days later. Believe in Him. We've got to trust Him completely. Trust in Jesus. He said, "I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life. No one comes to the father except through me." We believe in Jesus. But more than belief, we got to really trust Him. Like, He's not one option of many. He's every option. He's the option. He's the only option. We trust him alone to save us.
We don't hedge our bets on other things and other religions and other practices; we say He's the one. Jesus said that, not me. You want to follow me? Deny yourself, take up your cross, follow me, no other. And finally this morning, we need to keep following Him. For those of us that have put our trust in Jesus, let's keep following Him. Let's not just say "I followed Him, I got my baptism certificate. That's it. I'm done. I went to membership class. I'm in, yay." Oh, it's a continual process. Take up your cross daily and follow me, Luke explains Jesus to have said. You keep following Jesus through our Bible study time. How do I know how to follow him? Well, he said a lot of things in here about what to do, how to follow and what to do the right things.
His example, the example of other believers in the Bible, the letters that were inspired by the Holy Spirit to the churches. This Bible is the textbook for right and wrong. It's the template upon which we put everything else we do in life. If it squares with this, we got it. But then you say, "Yeah, but there's things that the Bible doesn't exactly talk about, you know, like how much should I put in retirement? Or how much should I do to this or that? Or should I go to this or that venue or situation." To that I would say we pray about it. We talk to other people that are following God. We get godly counsel. If a bunch of people are saying, you probably ought not do that. Some of us, we have to make financial commitments; buy a house, buy a car, this or that. And you're like, "I'm not really sure if God's in this or not." Go ask some people that are godly that know how to handle money. And if they all say, maybe not, then don't. I mean, you can, if you want, but it might be wise not to.
Ultimately, prayer, Bible study, ask some godly people, and finally the circumstances. Of the best doors that were closed for me, it just closed before I had a chance to go through them. Some of the worst girls I could have ever married just never said yes, or I was too scared to ask them. And that was a good thing. Me being a bashful kid early on, kept me for the God wanted me to be with for the rest of my life. That's my story. I'm sticking to it. Yeah, there you go. Thank God she said yes.
But all aside, keep following Him. It's a process. This thing doesn't happen overnight. It's not a one-time event. It's an ongoing life choice, one decision at a time. This morning I want ask you to make that decision, to put your faith in Him for the very first time if you've never done so. Don't let me tell you to do it. If the Holy Spirit is convicting you and you know this is exactly what you must do, then make the decision today. Follow Him. Put it on a connection card say, "I am putting my faith in Jesus Christ. I want to be baptized. I want to tell the world I'm a Christian."
Maybe some of you have been baptized, but you've never joined our church officially and it's time for you to get serious about becoming a family member of the church. We got our class today; we still got a few spots available. I'll give you my ham sandwich if there's too many people there. I'll figure it out. But no, we'd love to hang out with you a little bit and tell you what it means to belong to our church family. We'll have some other classes, but there's one today. Sign up for the next one if you can't make it today. I don't know what God's telling you to do, but I pray that you'll do it before you leave this room. Make good on it, make it public. Tell the world, tell me, tell somebody so we can pray for you to take your next step forward. Let's stand. Let's get ready to sing. God help us to act on what you've called us to do, and I pray this in Jesus name, amen. Take that time, maybe on your phone you need to put an email to us or go to the contact page on our website. I don't know what you need to do, but let's just all worship God with either our voices or our action, one way or the other, let's do so.
Thanks again for worshipping with us online. I hope that you will contact us. Go to our Facebook page, our website (www.StJoeCommunityChurch.org). Put a comment at the bottom of this video. However you can do that. Just let us know that you’re out there. We want to be able to pray for you, resource you, encourage you, answer any questions you might have. For those of you who have been giving online, thank you very much. We continue to have needs and continue to do things like this online worship experience, and other ministry needs and practical ways, and if you don’t know how to do that, just go to our website and there are instructions there. (www.StJoeCommunityChurch.org) so that you can also participate in our ministries and partner with us. Again, I’m Pastor Greg Byman, and on behalf of St Joe Community Church, God bless you, and we’ll see you next time.
Thank you for joining us today. For more information about the St Joe ministry, visit www.StJoeCommunityChurch.org or call (260) 471-4704 or email StJoeCommunity@gmail.com. If you are looking for a church home, St Joe meets for worship and fellowship each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. St Joe is committed to your well-being and safety. For the latest policies regarding the Covid 19 pandemic, please visit the Covid section of the St Joe website. Thanks again for joining us and we’ll see you next week.
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