April 26, 2020
SUNDAY SERMON: DON’T LOSE YOUR FOCUS ON JESUS
Introduction: When a person tells you that they want to become a Christian, we know how to tell them about salvation. We know what to tell them about baptism.
Does our commitment to the Lord end at being baptized?
Once we have made the team, what is our responsibility to the team (family of God, the Church). What does it mean when the Bible says that once we are in Christ, we rise and walk in newness of life?
Our relationship with Jesus is no different than other relationships we have in our lives. For a relationship to work, it takes work. A good relationship with our spouse does not just happen, it takes effort, the same is true with Jesus. If you want to have a close relationship with Jesus, it will take effort.
These things that we must do are not things that we do to gain our salvation, but instead they are things that we do in response to our salvation.
In the lesson today, John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus had come forth to introduce Jesus. He began to build a following; he began to baptize. These disciples did not fully understand yet who Jesus was, said to John, in verse 26, “That man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan---the one you testified about (Jesus) well, he is baptizing and everyone is going to him.” These disciples must have thought that John the Baptist and Jesus were competing for people to be baptize… To see who could baptize the most people. John had a following and Jesus had a following. So, there were John’s disciples and there were Jesus’ disciples. It was early in the ministry of Jesus and John’s disciples didn’t fully understand where John was leading them.
So, John the Baptist gives a great answer, a simple answer…here it is…Jesus must become greater; I must become less. He must increase, I must decrease. You see, John gave us the antidote, of how to: DON’T LOSE YOUR FOCUS ON JESUS! Let’s look at three movements:
DON’T LOSE YOUR FOCUS ON WORSHIP
(“He must increase”)
DON’T LOSE YOUR FOCUS ON HUMILITY
(“I must decrease”)
DON’T LOSE YOUR FOCUS ON THE CHALLENGE
A. How does your goal life compare to that of John?
1. Does Christ have first place?
2. Does your dedication to Jesus increase every day?
B. Where does humility rank in your purpose for living?
1. How important is the praise of others to you?
2. Are you continually striving to be recognized as successful?
C. Don't lose your focus on the challenge.