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Built to Sail

Discipleship Servanthood Great Commission

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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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ILLUSTRATION

In today's world of Smart Phones, tablets and instant Internet access, there are many things that we can "know." If someone asks the questions, "How long is the Verrazano Bridge," a nimble person with a 4 G connection and an iPhone can ask Siri, "How long is the Verrazano Bridge," and they will get an almost instantaneous response.

But if we were sitting next to an 85 year old retired construction worker who spent 2 years of his life building the Verrazano bridge in his 20s, we would not only get the right information, we would get it with great passion.

APPLICATION

That's what it means to "know Christ and the power of his resurrection." It involves much more than repeating facts concerning Christ or the Bible. Knowing Christ involves an intimate relationship with Him, one that changes your life.

"I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death" (Philippians 3:10).

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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A God By Any Other Name

Devotion Discipleship Names

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2015-03-07

Scripture: Revelation 3:20

Author: Craig Groeschel / Pat Sage
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