We live in a world where most people are looking out for #1 – themselves! We want to fight to protect our rights, our money, our way of life. But Jesus tells us to deny ourselves and follow him. And sometimes our agenda and his overlap. But other times they are at odds with one another. The question then becomes, who will you follow? Your own heart and desires? Or Jesus? Choosing who to follow is much easier once you realize Jesus is #1 and you are a distant #2.
Brainstorming: 13 Biblical Ways to Deny Yourself
Understanding the abstract concept of denying ourselves for the sake of Jesus is one thing. Actually identifying where in our lives we can take that step is more challenging. Here’s a list of ways God might be calling you to deny yourself today. [See the List]
Diversity Advocates at Colleges: ‘… You’re Seen as a Heretic’
Most Christians agree that diversity is a good thing, rooted in the creation narrative of Genesis 1. We agree that racism is wrong and has no place in our culture. But actually bringing change to our lives and way of doing things is much more challenging as many Evangelical colleges are finding out. [Read Article]
Deny Yourself Thru Fasting
In this message from 2018, Pastor Brent looks at one of the most direct ways you can deny yourself – through intentional fasting. Sometimes we need a very obvious outward action to help us grasp an inward attitude. [Read/Watch the Message]
Message Discussion Questions
We hope the message from each Sunday sticks with you beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Take a moment to consider the questions below, and even better, talk to somebody (who attends the church or doesn’t) about them.
- What version of Jesus is are you most tempted to create? All love, “buddy” Jesus? Firm, school-teacher Jesus? Something else?
- What barriers keep you from following the instruction to “deny yourself”?
- What does it means specifically for you to take up your cross this week?
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