FOLLOWING JESUS
                                                                    Luke 9:23 (760)

     Introduction
         A.  Everyone is following someone or something. 
               1.  People follow family, friends, philosophy and religion.
         B.  What does it mean to follow Jesus?  John 8:31-32 (787)
               1.  Jesus tells us that if we continue in His word-hold to His teaching- that we are
                    really His disciples. ( A disciple is a learner and follower.)
         C.  Let’s look at six ways in which we should follow Jesus.
     I.  We follow Jesus as we do God’s will.  John 6:38 (784); Luke 22:42 (775)

          A.  During His ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ Jesus taught the necessity of doing God’s will.
                Matthew 7:21-29 (708)

    II.  We follow Jesus as we serve others.  Matthew 20:20-28 (720-721)

          A.  Service was the great underlying principle of the life of Jesus.
                1.  He came to save the lost. Luke 19:10 (771)
                2.  He gave Himself to others during His ministry.  1 Peter 2:21 (895)
                3.  He sacrificed Himself for others when He paid mankind’s sin debt. Titus 2:14 (882
          B.  This principle should motivate us.  Matthew 20:25-28 (721)

   III.  We should be compassionate as was Jesus.

          A.  Jesus sympathized with others.  Two examples:
                1.  For spiritually lost people.  Matthew 9:35-36 (710)
                2.  For the grieving.  Luke 7:12-15 (757)
          B.  Important principle:  Romans 12:14 (838)

   IV.  We follow Jesus as we forgive those who have sinned against us.

          A.  Jesus forgave. Luke 23:34 (776)
          B.  Jesus teaches us to forgive. Matthew 18:21-22 (719); Matthew 6:14-15 (707)

    V.  We should follow Jesus by being prayerful. 

          A.  He began His ministry with prayer  (Luke 3:21-22,p752); ended His ministry with
                (Luke 23:46, p727) and prayed many times to His Father during His ministry.

          B.  Jesus teaches us to pray.  Matthew 6:9-13 (707)

   VI.  Jesus was the perfect example of humility and we should learn humility.  John 13:4-5,
          13-17 (792-793)

Conclusion:  John 8:31-32 (787); Question:  “Am I a follower of Jesus?” Invitation