Self Denial (Matthew 16:24-26, Matthew 4:8-10, John 6:38, Philippians 2:6-8, Matthew 10:36-38, Luke 9:23-25, Luke 14:27-33, Philippians 3:7-8, Acts 20:34-35, 1 Corinthians 10:33)Jack Graham, 03/19/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Sunday (PM), March 19, 2017
"When you die, you either fill a hole or leave one. The only thing that will matter after you're gone is what you've done for Jesus." Dr. Jack Graham
Defining Self-denial: "The denial of one's own interest and needs; self sacrifice."
Jesus set the example we should follow.
Are you all in that is are you devoted?
What is necessary to follow Jesus Christ?
What about the Apostle Paul:
1. His denying self: Philippians 3:7-8
2. His labors of love: Acts Corinthians 10:33
Quote of the evening: "When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die." Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (ESV)
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’” (ESV)
38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. (ESV)
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (ESV)
36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (ESV)
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? (ESV)
27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (ESV)
7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (ESV)
34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (ESV)
1 Corinthians 10:33
33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. (ESV)