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Setting Your Mark

Followership Discipleship Goal Setting

Contributed By: Joe Palmer | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2 ; 1 Corinthians 11:1

Author: Joe Palmer
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ILLUSTRATION

On a farm, everyone has to pitch in to make things work. Once a lady who was inexperienced at driving a tractor was asked by her husband to drive a tractor across a field pulling a disc.  Not sure how to do the job her husband instructed her to pick out an object at the end of the field and drive toward it, that way her path would remain straight.  

So she put the tractor in gear and off she went toward the other end of the field.  It wasn't long before she noticed her husband running alongside the tractor trying to get her attention.  She stopped and asked, "What's wrong?"  

Upon looking at him she noticed that her path was rather crooked as opposed to the straight line she needed to drive.  Her husband again explained she needed to pick out an object and drive toward it.  She said, "I did."

"What are you driving toward?"  he asked.  She pointed to the object down at the end of the row, which at that point she realized was a bird which had been hopping across the ground.

We have to be careful when we set our mark that we set it on something or someone that is sure and stationary.

APPLICATION

The mark set by the world is ever-shifting, but the truths found in Christ are sure and stationary.  To keep your life heading in the right direction, make sure you set your mark on Jesus. 

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).

"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1, NKJV)

Built to Sail

Discipleship Servanthood Great Commission

Source: Sermon

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-09-22

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10 ; Matthew 28:18

Author: James Miller
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ILLUSTRATION

A little boy built a model ship, glued all the pieces together, and worked on it for hours.  It was perfect.  Every detail was correct, down to tiny sailors standing on the deck.  He put it in a glass case.  He wouldn't let his brother play with it in the bathtub.  He was going to keep it perfect by keeping it safe.

His parents bought a real boat so they could spend the weekends sailing out on the harbor.  They loved it.  At first.  It was a lot of work to maintain.  Boat owners will tell you that the day you bought your boat was the happiest day of your life, and the day you sold it was the second happiest.  At first, they used it a lot.  But then they used it less.  It was expensive.  After a few months, they went to spend a day sailing and found barnacles growing on the side, algae all over it, and a dead motor.  A real boat is only kept in shape by being used.

The two boats worked in opposite ways.  The model was preserved by being kept safe.  The real boat was preserved by being used.

APPLICATION

Churches are like the real boat; they are only kept in shape by being used. Churches that are preserved and spared use will eventually fall into disrepair.  But churches that pour themselves into serving their communities will find energy, calling, passion, and love.  

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Peter 4:10). 

"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20). 

Christianity Is Inconvenient

Discipleship Laziness Cultural Trends

Source: “Millennials Are Too Lazy to Eat Cereal,” By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff, Posted Feb 23, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-13

Scripture: Matthew 16:24 ; Galatians 6:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Michael Harthorne with NEWSER writes:

It seems millennials are waging a new generational war—and the enemy is Cap'n Crunch. The Washington Post reports the sale of breakfast cereals in the US is down nearly 30% over the past 15 years. Part of that is growing preferences for things like smoothies and protein bars, according to the New York Times. But nearly 40% of millennials in a recent survey said eating cereal was "inconvenient ... because they had to clean up after eating it."

APPLICATION

It should be no surprise that along with cereal sales, Christianity is in decline in America today.  That’s because Christianity is a religion of inconvenience.  It calls us to “take up our cross” and follow Jesus in selfless service (Matthew 16:24). It calls us to not only clean up after ourselves, but to be willing to help others do the same.  

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

There is no other religion as inconvenient as the one modeled by Christ.

Knowing Christ

Intimacy with God Christlikeness Discipleship

Contributed By: Paul Barreca | Date Posted: 2016-04-07

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; John 15:5

Author: Paul Barreca
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Unity In The Church

Unity Divisiveness Discipleship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10

Author: A. W. Tozer / Illustration Exchange
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The Table Is A Splendid Pulpit

Hospitality Fellowship Discipleship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-29

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24 ; Acts 2:42

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Through the Looking Glass And What Alice Found There

Sacrifice Discipleship Cross

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Matthew 16:24 ; Matthew 10:39

Author: Lewis Carroll
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Men Wanted for Hazardous Duty

Discipleship Shame Honor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: Matthew 16:24

Author: Warren Wiersbe / Illustration Exchange
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Gyllenhaal Trained Like A Boxer

Discipline (Self) Discipleship Witness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-07-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Cost of the Big Game

Discipleship Commitment Adversity

Contributed By: Kenneth Sullivan | Date Posted: 2015-06-30

Scripture: Luke 14:25

Author: Kenneth Sullivan
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