Sunday's sermon brought out the differences in being a fan of Jesus or a true follower. Here are some powerful quotes to ponder from the sermon.
“Instead of identifying myself as a follower because I know about Jesus, I understand that I am a follower because I know Jesus.”
“Fans don’t mind him doing a little touch-up work, but Jesus wants complete renovation. Fans come to Jesus thinking tune-up, but Jesus is thinking overhaul. Fans think a little makeup is fine, but Jesus is thinking makeover. Fans think a little decorating is required, but Jesus wants a complete remodel. Fans want Jesus to inspire them, but Jesus wants to interfere with their lives.”
“Many have made a decision to believe in Jesus without making a commitment to follow Jesus.”
“My concern is that many of our churches in America have gone from being sanctuaries to becoming stadiums. And every week all the fans come to the stadium where they cheer for Jesus but have no interest in truly following him. The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ.”
“the grace of God doesn’t simply invite us to follow … it teaches us to follow.”
“The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.”