Speaker: RJ Dugone
Text: Mark 3:31-35 31 Then His mother and His brothers *arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him. 32 A crowd was sitting around Him, and they *said to Him, "Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You." 33 Answering them, He *said, "Who are My mother and My brothers?" 34 Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He *said, "Behold My mother and My brothers! 35 "For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother."
Big Idea: Is it true that blood is thicker than water? (Which means that most people have a higher level of commitment to their blood relatives than they do to anyone else) Should this be true in the context of the church? One could make a Biblical case that a Believers first loyalty in life should be to God, and secondly to their family in Christ. There is no doubt that "we" are called to love everyone; but when it comes to doing good, we start with the household of faith.
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Theology/Apologetics: When I was the pastor in a region of the country that was dominated by one of the world's most powerful Christian Cult Groups, ("Christian" in the sense that they self-identify themselves as being followers of Christ), it was challenging to anyone who was converted out of that cult to leave said cult and declare their faith in Christ. As one young man explained to me: "I have come to see the errors in the theology of the "cult group" and no longer believe in what they teach; but to openly walk away and embrace Christ as taught in the Bible would cost me everything. I would lose my job, my wife, my family, my community and everything that I care about." That is the cost one must be willing to pay if that is what it takes to follow Christ. The cross that you pick up in your pursuit of Christ may look different than someone else's cross. Each of us have a personal price that we must be willing to pay in order to follow Christ. Important Note: This must not be equated to paying the price for your salvation; Jesus, already paid that price. However, in the words of Jesus, to be His disciples we must deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow Him.
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