Next Steps Into A New Normal

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August 1, 2021

Things never go back to whatever it is that we once considered normal.

God never seems to be concerned about going back to what we think is normal.

God is always trying to move us ahead because God isn’t done yet.

We frequently say around Journey, “There’s always a next step to take in following Jesus.”

No one drifts into discipleship. No one accidentally begins to follow Jesus. No one stumbles into a life of faithfulness.

I-have-decided-to-follow Jesus step.

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him. (Mark 1:16-20)

Are you a follower of Jesus Christ?

Group 1 – “The Jesus fish on the back of my car.”
Group 2 – “Why is there a fish on the back of my friend’s car?”

DTR = Define The Relationship

“It may seem that there are many followers of Jesus, but if they were honestly to define the relationship they have with Him I am not sure it would be accurate to describe them as followers. It seems to me that there is a more suitable word to describe them. They are not followers of Jesus; they are fans of Jesus.” –Kyle Idleman

Fan = “an enthusiastic admirer”
So, which are you: a fan or a follower?
He came to Jesus at night… (John 3:2)

There is no way to follow Jesus without Him interfering with your life. How has following Jesus interfered with your life?

He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him. (John 3:2)

Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. (John 3:3)

…born of water and spirit. (John 3:5)

Nicodemus had made a decision about Jesus; but that’s not the same as following Him. “Are you believing that or are you believing in Jesus?”

Christian faith is more than just an intellectual acceptance or a heartfelt acknowledgment of a propositional truth; it is a commitment to follow an actual person.

There is no forgiveness without repentance.

There is no salvation without surrender.

There is no resurrection without a cross.

There is no believing without following.

“Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?” (John 7:51)
“Are you from Galilee, too?” (John 7:52)

He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. (John 19:39)

Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? journeychristian.com/nextsteps

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