All In: Facing the 4 Challenges

This is Part 3 in the “All In” sermon series. CLICK HERE for all posts in this series.

What does it mean to be ALL IN for Jesus? 

First, it means accepting the four calls God places on our lives – The call to be saved, the call to be holy, the call to be of service, and the call to suffer. 

Next, we need to be a bridge to help people get from where they are to where God wants them to be. 

Being ALL IN as a Christian also means that we face four challenges, but thankfully, God is a promise-keeper!

CHALLENGE #1: GIVE UP MY CONTROL

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Matthew 4:18-20

Don’t wait to obey; follow Jesus today.

When Jesus called to the fishermen to lay down their nets and follow Him, they did so immediately, without hesitation.

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

Don’t hold anything back when following Jesus.

We are more willing to jump ALL IN when our Father is waiting to catch us.

CHALLENGE #2: TAKE UP GOD'S PLAN FOR ME

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.

Luke 9:23-24

Ask. Listen. Wait. Act.

Ask God what His plan is for our lives, then take time to listen. Wait on Him before taking action on your own, then when God tells you to go, you go.

Don’t compare ourselves to others.

We all have different gifts, and God has equipped us each differently. 

Do what we know to do today; don’t worry about tomorrow.

Too often we want God to reveal the whole plan, but God only gives us what He wants us to do right now.

CHALLENGE #3: STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT

Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Daniel 3:14-18

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:8-9

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1:17

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

CHALLENGE #4: RE-UP WHEN I MESS UP

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

John 21:15-17

Come clean about our sin.

God already knows our sin. We must confess it.

Ask God and others for forgiveness.

We need to recognize our sin.

Take responsibility for our sin and don’t make excuses.

Take ownership of your own sin.

Accept God’s forgiveness.

We can’t hold onto the guilt. When God forgives, He forgives completely.

Ask God for a fresh start.

Ask God for restoration.

Allow God to use our past failure’s for other people’s good.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

PROMISE: ONE DAY I WILL BE CALLED UP

When Jesus returns, we will be called up to join Him for all eternity!

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