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What does it mean to follow Jesus?

The good news about Jesus can be simply understood like this:

  1. God is our creator, and as such has “Creator Rights” to say what is right, what is wrong & what we should or shouldn’t do with our bodies, resources, activities.(Genesis 1:26-27, Revelation 4:11)
  2. Humanity has rebelled against God, seeking to make our own rules, our own plans, and even gods after our own preferences. The Bible calls that sin. The penalties for rebellion are broken relationships one another - we all try to get our own way, and a broken relationship with God – resulting in judgment. (Romans 3:10-12, Hebrews 9:27)
  3. God though fully right to simply judge, displayed his great love for humanity by sending Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus lived a perfect life under Gods authority, gave his life upon the cross as a substitute for sin, rose from the dead, and now sits in heaven at God’s side. (1 Peter 3:18)
  4. This news requires a response:

    A) Repent, turn from living life by your own rules and follow Jesus. Believe through faith in Christ that your sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
    B )Reject it and continue living live by your own rules, and stand alone before God and receive judgment (John 3:36).

To follow Jesus means this:

Repent (Turn):

  1. Admit you’ve lived life by your own rules, or tried to be moral enough to earn God’s favor.(Ephesians 2:1-3)
  2. Turn away from that way of life, do an “about face”. Follow after Jesus, essentially put him in charge of your life. What he says ‘goes’. (Romans 10:9-10)

Believe (Trust):

  1. Believe that Jesus Christ is who he claimed to be: The Son of God – God in human flesh, that he lived a perfect life, that he died and rose again from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
  2. Trust that his death is what pays for your rebellion - that through faith in him his perfect life get’s credited to you, while your rebellion get’s credited to him. (Colossians 2:13-14)
  3. Trust that now through faith you are no longer an enemy of God-a rebel, rather you are now a dearly loved child, and can now follow in obedience because of what God has done and is doing in you to change you! (Ephesians 2:4-10)