#Verge13 :: David Platt

david-plattDavid Platt (born 1979) is an American pastor. He is currently the head pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, and he is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Platt released his follow-up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God in April, 2011.

 

 

 

  • 4 out of 5 people will claim that they’re a christian. This means almost nothing.
  • research shows that half of claiming christians are actually born again christians. But they’re lives seem to not be any different than someone who doesn’t claim to be a christian.
  • There are scores of people around the world who culturally claim to be christians, but they are not a born again christian.
  • There are many people who sit in church on a Sunday who will be shocked to hear in heaven from Jesus, “I never knew you.”
  • So what does it biblically mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  • I can’t think of a better question than that.
  • How we answer this question will affect the way we answer the question, “How do we make disciples?”
  • Matthew 4:18
  • What do these words, “Follow me.” mean?
  • I want you to SEE Jesus.
  • Jesus is the savior. That’s what ‘Jesus’ means.
  • Jesus is the messiah.
  • Jesus is the son of David. He’s from the kingly line of David.
  • Jesus is the son of Abraham.
  • Everyone and everything pointed forward to Jesus Christ.
  • Jesus is the center of history.
  • Jesus is fully human and fully divine. He is unlike any one else ever born.
  • Jesus is the sovereign over the wise.
  • Jesus is the shepherd of the weak.
  • Jesus inaugurates a new exodus.
  • Jesus will end the mournful exile.
  • Jesus loves his fiercest enemies.
  • Jesus is the savior king.
  • Jesus is the righteous judge.
  • Jesus is filled with God the Spirit.
  • Jesus is loved by God the Father.
  • Jesus is the new Adam.
  • Jesus is the true Israel.
  • Jesus is the light of the world.
  • Jesus is the hope for all nations.
  • Then in Matthew 4 Jesus says, “Follow me.” We need to feel the weight of what he is saying here.
  • Do we realize who Jesus is? This Jesus is clearly, absolutely worthy of more than nominal church association.
  • Jesus doesn’t need your acceptance. He is infinitely worthy of all glory in all the universe. He doesn’t need us at all. We desperately need Him. So do not patronize him.
  • He is worthy of total abandonment.
  • People who profess to be christians, but who’s lives look like the rest of the world are deceived.
  • When you are saved by Jesus, you are going to look different.
  • So what does this word ‘Follow’ mean?
  • 1. To live with radical abandonment for his glory.
  • Jesus’ disciples left some things behind:
  • - They were leaving behind their comforts.
  • - They were leaving behind their careers.
  • - They were leaving behind their possessions.
  • - They were leaving behind their positions.
  • - They were leaving behind their families.
  • - They were leaving behind their friends.
  • - They were leaving behind their safety.
  • - They were leaving behind their sin.
  • - They were leaving behind their self.
  • You become a follower of Jesus and you lose your life as you know it.
  • For those who follow Jesus, comfort and certainty are no longer guarantees.
  • When we follow Jesus, self is no longer our God, and safety is no longer our priority.
  • To follow Jesus is to live with joyful dependence on his grace.
  • Jesus did not call his disciples because of what they brought to the table.
  • The stunning reality of the gospel is that Jesus comes running after us. This Jesus takes the initiative to call us to himself.
  • 2. Adoption begins with a parent initiative, not with a child initiative.
  • There is no way that these disciples could carry out Jesus’ commands on their own. Jesus would have to do this in them.
  • 3. Live with faithful adherence to his person.
  • 4. Live with urgent obedience to his mission.
  • It’s impossible to know Christ and to be silent.
  • A privatized faith with a resurrected Christ is practically toxic.
  • The cost of discipleship is great.
  • The cost of non-discipleship is far greater.

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