Whether Jesus was speaking to large crowds or small groups, He made sure everyone was clear on what it meant to follow Him. Jesus is not looking for fans. He is looking for followers. Followers who understand that...
...There is no forgiveness without repentance.
...There is no salvation without surrender.
...There is no life without death.
...There is no believing without following.
Join us this fall as we spend 7 weeks seeking to understand what it truly means to follow Jesus. Our goal is that by the end of this series you will know: Who God Is, What He Means To You, and What It Looks Like To Be His Follower.
Sunday, September 16th
Sunday, September 23rd
Sunday, September 30th (Communion)
Sunday, October 7th (Connection Lunch Following The Service)
Sunday, October 14th
Sunday, October 21st
Sunday, October 28th (Communion)
Sunday, November 4th (Sermon On The Mount Sunday) (Connection Lunch)
As a congregation, we want to go through the book, Not A Fan together. We encourage EVERY member of your family to get a copy at our Welcome Center (cost is $5 per family whether you need one book or multiple copies!). To help you, here is our suggested reading schedule for this series.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Have stories about what God is doing in your life through this series? Email us your story at: email@example.com or talk to one of the staff!
Join us this Saturday morning at 8:30am for an hour as we discuss Not A Fan. If you need a place to process and discuss what has been challenging, convicting, motivating, or inspiring we want you to join us! This will take place at the Dunn Brothers in St Michael (201 Central Ave E, St Michael, MN 55376). For more information, or if you have questions, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23
Using your own words, describe a...
What is the difference between understanding that “follower” is more than something you do or don’t do; it’s who you are? (p. 214)
What are ways your identity has been shaped by what was told to you early and often? Or by what you have accomplished? Have you let this keep you from embracing who Jesus has called you to be as a follower?
Read Ephesians 2:1, 19, 4:1
Read Colossians 3:12
Read 1 Corinthians 1:26
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17
Read Philippians 3:7-8
Read Luke 9:23
What is your true identity?
Your study of Not a Fan is complete. What has God been speaking into you life through this book? What have you done about it?
We want to hear from you! Have stories about what God is doing in your life through this series? Email us your story at: email@example.com or talk to one of the staff!
Read Luke 9:61-62
What seems to be holding this man back from following Jesus?
What is it that is competing for your allegiance to Christ? (p. 207)
Think about your day today. What would change if you were to go all-in and be completely committed in following Jesus today? What would change? What would you do differently?
Read 2 Chronicles 16:9
What does the Lord do for His followers?
Read Luke 9:59-60
Is there a part of you like this man in Luke that says, “First let me. . .”
Read Matthew 4:18-20
Compare the response of the man in Luke 9 to the disciples in Matthew 4 to your response to Jesus’ invitation to follow?
Why do you think people put off following Jesus with their whole heart?
Read Hebrews 3:15
As you listen to His voice is there something that needs to change today? Not tomorrow. Today. Pray and give that over to God right now.
Read Luke 9:57-62
Where is the one place that you find it most difficult to follow Jesus?
Saying “Wherever” to Jesus comes with risk and uncertainty. Do you have any fears or “What if?” What are those fears and risks?
Finish these statements:
Saying yes to following Jesus means…
Saying yes to following Jesus means saying no to…
Saying yes to wherever Jesus calls me to follow looks like…
For the Jews, what did the cross symbolize?
Read Luke 6:22
Read 2 Timothy 3:12
Read Philippians 1:29
What does it mean to carry your cross and die to yourself daily?
What does that look like in your life?
On page 171 Idleman write, “…in a twist of irony, we find that giving up our lives gives us the life we so desperately wanted all along”. Do you agree?
What does deny mean?
What does it look like to deny yourself & follow Jesus?
Read Matthew 19:16-30
Jesus will always put you at a crossroads of having to choose Him or something else. Just like he did in this story of the rich young ruler. For some it might be money or possessions. For others it might be relationship or practices.
Where has Jesus put you at a crossroads in the past?
Where is He putting you at a crossroads today?
What are you going to do about it?
When Jesus ‘follow me”, what is He describing?
Read Matthew 13:44-46
What is the picture that Jesus has in mind when he says, “follow me”?
Read I John 4:16-19
Kyle Idlemen writes, “One of the greatest motivations of our love and passionate pursuit of Jesus is a better understanding of how great His love is for us”.
Write down ways in your life that you have seen God’s overflowing love.
Reflect on that list. What stands out to you?
Read Matthew 9:9-13
Read Mark 2:14-17
Read Luke 5:27-32
What amazes you most about Jesus’ invitation to Matthew?
When you first came to Christ, did you expect condemnation? What did you receive?
In what areas of life are you dealing with stains and living in condemnation?
A person can live in guilt or in grace. What is it like to live in each of these?
What do you think that Jesus might be asking you to give up being a fan in and to follow Him in?