Sunday Sermon :: Not A Fan//Anyone and Everything

[February 12, 2012 Pastor Scott Moore]

You can’t follow Jesus and it not cost you something.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23 NIV)

Anyone is welcome. REALLY!?!
(Matthew 9:9-13; Matthew 1:1-6)

Look at who followed Jesus (Matt. 9:9-13).. tax collectors, fishermen, hot heads..

“For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners..”

Look at the lineage of Jesus (Matt. 1:1-6).. it is filled with prostitutes, sinners, adulterers, and disobedients. It’s like Matthew is showing us these “sinners” can be used by God. ANYONE can follow..EVERYONE is welcome. 

1. Anyone is everyone.

If anyone is welcome, that means things will look different. If anyone is welcome, then our churches will look different.
Do we have any perquisites? Things that may be unwritten but a code in which we operate/judge others by:

  • Dress codes
  • Political stances/affiliations
  • Christians and alcohol
  • Social/economical status
  • Skin color

These are all things we make judgments about and expect our church to do the same. If ANYONE is welcomed, then our congregation will look different. 
2. No qualifications means no excuses.

When Jesus accepts everyone, he removed every reason we could use to follow him.
We think our past (or current) mistakes disqualify us from following Jesus:

  • Divorce
  • Addictions
  • Emotional issues
  • Sexual sins

Anyone is welcome.

And if anyone is welcome, we must ask ourselves hard questions like,
“Would I be comfortable sitting next to a row of strippers at my church?”
“Would I be comfortable singing songs next to a recovering alcoholic?”

Anyone is welcome to have a relationship with Jesus. ANYONE!

Inmate?–ANYONE.
Prostitute?–ANYONE.
Someone who has had an abortion?–ANYONE.
Recently divorced?–ANYONE.
Legalistic believer?–ANYONE.
Alcoholic?–ANYONE.
Pothead?–ANYONE.
Hypocrite?–ANYONE.

The church should accept everyone..but the church doesn’t want anyone to remain where they are. That’s why we teach, train, and disciple everyone.


3. It’s anyone, but it is everything

The greatest teacher who ever lived offers you the opportunity to follow him.

But this could cost you. If you follow him, you will give up everything. It will cost you everything. Are you ready to give it all up?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23 NIV)

 Are you ready to become a follower..and leave the fan status behind?

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