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The Kingdom of God Demands Radical Surrender
The Kingdom of God Demands Radical SurrenderMark 10:17-31
Sources:Free Bible Commentary (Dr. Bob Utley)Life Application Bible CommentaryRadical by David Platt (Radical.net)
1Mark 10:17-31 (NIV)As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, Mark 10:17-31 (NIV)honor your father and mother.'" "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had greatMark 10:17-31 (NIV)wealth. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." The disciplesMark 10:17-31 (NIV)were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" "I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother orMark 10:17-31 (NIV)father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first." The KOG Demands Surrender1. Jesus call to salvation requires total SURRENDER.
7The KOG Demands SurrenderA. Salvation is never a matter of EXTERNAL REFORMATION.
8The KOG Demands SurrenderB. Salvation is always a matter of INTERNAL TRANSFORMATION.
The KOG Demands Surrender11The KOG Demands Surrender2. Jesus calls us to give sacrificially because he LOVES US.
12The KOG Demands SurrenderA. Sacrifice always begins with LOVE.
13The KOG Demands SurrenderWe love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NIV)14The KOG Demands SurrenderHe is a Father who DELIGHTS in us.
15The KOG Demands SurrenderHe is a Shepherd who PROTECTS us.
16The KOG Demands SurrenderHe is a King who PROVIDES for us.
17The KOG Demands SurrenderOr did you think that because he's such a nice God, he'd let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he's not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. Romans 2:4 (MSG)
18The KOG Demands SurrenderB. Sacrifice always shows itself through OBEDIENCE.
19The KOG Demands SurrenderJesus gives COMMANDS not CONSIDERATIONS.
20The KOG Demands SurrenderAs followers, we OBEY.
21The KOG Demands SurrenderAnd this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6 (NIV)
22The KOG Demands SurrenderThis is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. 1 John 4:9 (MSG)