Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This week we started a series based on the book that we gave out on Christmas called Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. It’s going to be a great series, and Kyle himself will close out the last message!
This week we talked about the nature of being a fan – short for “fanatic.” When we think of fans, we probably think of someone who really gets into sports or celebrities. But that’s not always the case; we could be a fan of anything, and if we really think about it, we’re all fans of something.
When it comes right down to it, Jesus is anti-fan. This isn’t to knock sports fans or the like, it’s just to say that when it comes to following Jesus, He either wants a completely devoted follower or nothing. It isn’t good enough to just believe or check a few boxes on our “list” – Jesus asks for everything, and He was quick to call out people who were simply fans all throughout the Gospels.
Jesus is looking for fully committed followers – and that begins with a personal relationship with Him. Without that, everything that comes after will be worthless. Do you have a relationship with Jesus?
Verses and quotes from the message:
2 Chronicles 16:9; Luke 9:57-62; Luke 18:18-29; Matthew 7:21-23;
“Christ says, ‘Give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there. I want to have the whole tree down. I don’t want to drill the tooth, or crown it, or stop it, but to have it out. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think are innocent as well as the ones you think are wicked—the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you myself: my own will shall become yours.’” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
“God can’t clean the house of you when you’re still in it.” Anne Lamott
“If a person is wrong about being right with God, then ultimately it really doesn’t matter what he or she is right about.” Donald Whitney
Big Idea: Christ desires fully committed followers, not adoring fans