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!

All In: How to Be a Bridge

This is Part 2 in the “All In” sermon series. CLICK HERE for all posts in this series.

Our central message here at Lakeside is this:

People matter to God and we want God to matter to people, so we will be a BRIDGE to help the get from where they are to where God wants them to be.

What does it mean to be a BRIDGE?

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

Luke 15:1-7

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A BRIDGE

WE NEED TO BE AUTHENTIC

Jesus knew who He was to be and why He was here.

Jesus was sent to save the sick (the sinners), and tax collectors and notorious sinners would come to hear Him speak. He knew He had limited time on this earth to spread the word of the kingdom of God until He died for our sins.

Jesus spoke the truth and lived the truth that He spoke.

He was baptized, He modeled how to take care of the poor, hungry, and downtrodden, and how to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, not in man.

WE NEED TO BE COMPASSIONATE

Jesus met people where they were.

He met the lepers along the roadside, He met the woman at the well, He taught in the synagogues…

Jesus saw people who they could be.

People saw a tax collector while Jesus saw a disciple. People saw a fisherman, while Jesus saw Peter. People saw the woman in adultery, while Jesus saw a woman in need of forgiveness. People saw Paul as a terrorist, while Jesus saw him as the greatest missionary of all time.

WE NEED TO BE INTENTIONAL

We need to remember what it was like to be lost.

Some of us have been saved so long, we forget what it was like to truly be lost. 

We need to prepare ourselves in order to reach the lost.

We need to spend time in prayer and in God’s Word. We need to get into God’s Word together. We need to know what we believe and why we believe it.

We need to practice reaching the lost.

We need to practice the habit of sharing our testimony, talking about what it means to be a Christian, and who Jesus is to us. 

We need to respond when there is an opportunity.

We need to be ready to speak up whenever an opportunity arises.

WE NEED TO BE COMMITTED

Jesus never gave up on us and did what was necessary to reach us.

Just like the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus will leave the 99 to save the one that is lost, no matter the cost.

We should never give up on others and do what’s necessary to reach them.

No one is ever a lost cause. We need to be willing to do whatever it takes to tell others about God, and let Jesus work in their hearts.

All In: Four Calls of God in Our Lives

This is Part 1 in the “All In” sermon series. CLICK HERE for all posts in this series.

What are we going to do with the moment God has us in right now? Being ALL IN means personally responding to the four calls of God in our lives.

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

Revelation 3:20

THE CALL TO BE SAVED

BEHOLD: a tenacious call to get someone’s attention.

Jesus connects with us long before we connect with Him.

I STAND AT THE DOOR: Our sin doesn’t keep Jesus away from us.

AND KNOCK: Jesus knocks through His word, His people, and our circumstances.

IF ANYONE HEARS MY VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR: We must open the door and let Jesus in our lives.

I WILL COME IN TO HIM: Jesus is not knocking to get something from us, but to give something to us.

"Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy."

1 Peter 1:13-16

THE CALL TO BE HOLY

WITH YOUR MINDS READY FOR ACTION: Holiness is knowing what to run to in our lives.

BE SOBER-MINDED: Holiness is knowing what to run from in our lives.

SET YOUR HOPE COMPLETELY ON THE GRACE…OF JESUS CHRIST: Holiness is knowing why and who we place our hope in.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

Ephesians 2:8-10

THE CALL TO BE OF SERVICE

HIS WORKMANSHIP: God has a a plan a purpose for each of our lives.

FOR GOOD WORKS: God uses us in the lives of others so they can meet Him.

"For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it."

Philippians 1:29-30

PRIVILEGE OF SUFFERING: Suffering is to be expected in our lives; after all, Jesus suffered.

Suffering allows us to connect and minister to others.

WE ARE IN THIS STRUGGLE TOGETHER: Suffering reveals our need for community and draws us to others.