FollowShip Part 1: For The Glory Of God

In this sermon series, I am hoping to lift up a Biblically faithful overview and description of what it looks like to follow Jesus as a disciple. I am basing this series off of John 1:35-2:11. In this text I believe we see three things take place that are paradigmatic for discipleship:

Disciples follow Jesus into the world (not out of it) for the glory of God.

Below is my outline for this first sermon series on our motive: The Glory of God.  One note of mention:  I accidentally used the term “murder” in connection with George Zimmerman when trying to pray for the court case in Florida.  I should have used “loss of life” or something a bit more value neutral.  I should not have placed intent upon Mr. Zimmerman.  That was my bad.  I was just trying to get to Jesus Christ as quickly as possible and made a slip of words. Apologies.

  • Series Setup
    • We follow Jesus, into the world, for the glory of God
  • The Buying Process
    • Claim
    • Test
    • Conclusion
      • Treasure it
      • Trash it
      • Collect it
  • John 1:14 makes the claim – Jesus is the glorious Son of God
    • What does Glory mean?
      • The manifest value of an object’s worth
        • Comparative Aspect
        • Relational Aspect
          • Sun and Moon example – Moon simply reflects the Sun’s light
  • John 1:35-51 – The Disciples Test out Jesus’ Claim by initially following Him
    • This is like when someone make a decision to follow Christ at VBS
    • Or at camp
      • They are trying to figure out if Jesus is all He claims to be, the ultimate, supreme value in all the universe
  • John 2:1-10 – Jesus takes the disciples into the world and performs a miracle
    • Miracle – temporary suspension of the natural
      • Impossible, not improbable
  • John 2:11 – He manifests his glory and disciples believe
    • And more importantly, the disciples move from testing, to believing.
      • They buy in
  • First Principle of Followship requires that we buy into the Truth that Jesus is the supreme value in existence.
    • This is what Paul means in 1 Cor 10:31 – whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God
  • By Comparison
    • Moses and Pharaoh and Snake signs – Ex 7:8-13
      • Claim – I act on behalf of I Am, the God who is the origin of being
      • Conclusion – No, I don’t want to believe in I AM, because if I do then I cannot also believe that I am a god.  I have to admit that I AM is bigger than me and I want to live for my glory.
    • Judas Iscariot
      • Doesn’t test Jesus and thus buys in without really buying in.
  • Everyone lives for some kind of glory.  Some, like the disciples, live for the glory God.  Others, like Pharaoh, live for the glory of something else.  Only one type of glory is of supreme value – and that is Jesus Christ.
  • Question: What is Jesus’s value to you?

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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