What does it mean to sacrifice something?
What do we sacrifice when we become a Christian?
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
Matthew 16:24-27 (NIV)
What does the scripture say that we sacrifice when we become a Christian?
What does it mean to “deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus”?
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” What does this mean?
Why would you ever want to give up your life to God?
Do we currently “deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus”? How so? How don’t we?
What if we don’t “deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus”?
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:15-22 (NIV)
What does it mean to be “lukewarm”? Are you lukewarm? How do you know?
What does God do with those who are lukewarm?
How can we make sure we’re not lukewarm?