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Message: “02 Integrity – Tempted Slave” from Tim Spanburg

Nathan Miller - February 2, 2020

05 Follow Him

Do you ever wonder if Peter thought about going back? I mean, here’s the deal, in this story, Peter has no idea what he’s signing up for! He doesn’t understand the cross that waits for Jesus. Or the cross that waits for him. Oh Peter, it’s going to get so much worse. And you and I have no idea what it’s going to cost us. If Peter had known all that, would he have said yes? I don’t know. Yet in the years together. The apprenticing relationship. The more time he spent with Jesus, the higher the cost would become. And the higher the joy. So he follows. At one point much later, Jesus asks Peter if he wants to leave. It’s getting ugly for Jesus. The crowds turn vicious. Everyone is leaving Jesus. And Jesus gives Peter an out. Peter, do you also want to go. But Peter’s response? I feel this regularly as I look at my own doubts and sins. Nathan, do you want to leave? Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life... (John 6:68–69) Church, I know Jesus loves me. At least in theory. I certainly know He wants me to obey and all that. But the thought that Jesus wants to be with me. Half the time, I don’t even want to be with me. But Jesus does. And He wants to be with you. You see, Peter had a choice. And you and I each have the same. Go back to a life of empty nets. Or the hard but FULL life with Jesus. Which will you choose? Follow Him Luke 5:1-11; 27-32 February 2, 2020 Nathan Miller Keywords: Luke 5, Cross, Apprenticing, follow, define, relationship, joy, cost, leave, eternal life, choice, full

From Series: "Rediscovering Jesus - Olathe Campus"

Jesus of Nazareth. There have been no shortage of opinions offered, books written, responses given to who Jesus was. Some worshipped Him as God. Others thought Him a criminal. The controversy surrounding Jesus followed Him through His life, and it has continued 2,000 years after His death. There is no masking Jesus’ enormous influence on human history. In the midst of all this noise, who was Jesus? Why is He so important to human history? Is Jesus simply someone who agrees, confirms, and approves of everything we already thought and believed? A few decades after the death of Jesus, a man named Luke was wrestling with those questions with his friend, a friend uncertain as to who Jesus was. So Luke set about rediscovering Jesus. He asked Jesus’ friends, he listened to Jesus’ enemies, and worked hard to give us the account of just who Jesus really was. Luke was convinced Jesus had good news for us. Life changing news. Rest for the anxious. Healing for the broken. Freedom for the trapped. Luke rediscovered Jesus. He wrote about Jesus, so that we could rediscover Jesus.

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Message: “02 Integrity – Tempted Slave” from Nathan Miller

Nathan Miller - February 2, 2020

05 Follow Him

Do you ever wonder if Peter thought about going back? I mean, here’s the deal, in this story, Peter has no idea what he’s signing up for! He doesn’t understand the cross that waits for Jesus. Or the cross that waits for him. Oh Peter, it’s going to get so much worse. And you and I have no idea what it’s going to cost us. If Peter had known all that, would he have said yes? I don’t know. Yet in the years together. The apprenticing relationship. The more time he spent with Jesus, the higher the cost would become. And the higher the joy. So he follows. At one point much later, Jesus asks Peter if he wants to leave. It’s getting ugly for Jesus. The crowds turn vicious. Everyone is leaving Jesus. And Jesus gives Peter an out. Peter, do you also want to go. But Peter’s response? I feel this regularly as I look at my own doubts and sins. Nathan, do you want to leave? Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life... (John 6:68–69) Church, I know Jesus loves me. At least in theory. I certainly know He wants me to obey and all that. But the thought that Jesus wants to be with me. Half the time, I don’t even want to be with me. But Jesus does. And He wants to be with you. You see, Peter had a choice. And you and I each have the same. Go back to a life of empty nets. Or the hard but FULL life with Jesus. Which will you choose? Follow Him Luke 5:1-11; 27-32 February 2, 2020 Nathan Miller Keywords: Luke 5, Cross, Apprenticing, follow, define, relationship, joy, cost, leave, eternal life, choice, full

From Series: "Rediscovering Jesus - Olathe Campus"

Jesus of Nazareth. There have been no shortage of opinions offered, books written, responses given to who Jesus was. Some worshipped Him as God. Others thought Him a criminal. The controversy surrounding Jesus followed Him through His life, and it has continued 2,000 years after His death. There is no masking Jesus’ enormous influence on human history. In the midst of all this noise, who was Jesus? Why is He so important to human history? Is Jesus simply someone who agrees, confirms, and approves of everything we already thought and believed? A few decades after the death of Jesus, a man named Luke was wrestling with those questions with his friend, a friend uncertain as to who Jesus was. So Luke set about rediscovering Jesus. He asked Jesus’ friends, he listened to Jesus’ enemies, and worked hard to give us the account of just who Jesus really was. Luke was convinced Jesus had good news for us. Life changing news. Rest for the anxious. Healing for the broken. Freedom for the trapped. Luke rediscovered Jesus. He wrote about Jesus, so that we could rediscover Jesus.

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