Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses

Text:
Title: Excuses, Excuses!
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Small Group Questions: 

  1. What spiritual goals do you have set in your life?
  2. What keeps you from reaching your spiritual goals?
  3. Read .  What three things did Jesus do, to accomplish his goal?
  4. Read .  What excuses did people give for not following or delaying following Jesus?
  5. What excuses are you using to not follow Jesus?

Introduction:

Question: Do you have goals for your life, how do you achieve those goals?

  • Relational goals, financial goals, weight goals
  • How about spiritual goals? Read more, pray more, worship more, glorify God more? Sa
  • Jesus desires to teach those who follow him

Sermon Notes:

A Blueprint for Spiritual Goals

  1. Set your sights on the Goal (51)
    1. Luke 2:49
    2. Luke 9:22
    3. To glorify Jesus no matter what your circumstances are.
  2. Prepare the way of the goal (52)
  3. Expect disappointment and don’t lose control (53-55)
    1. Romans 8:18
  4. Follow the Leader!: No Excuses (57-62)
    1. Distracted
    2. Reluctant
    3. A life glorifying God is about a life that follows Jesus

51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village.

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (ESV)

51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them. (ESV)

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (ESV)

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)