Date: February 24, 2002

Series: The Jesus I Follow

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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Radical Revolutionary
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Jesus, Radical Revolutionary
Matthew 10


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Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don't deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don't deserve me.
If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me.”

Matthew 10,
The Message

1. What event, relationship or activity has produced the greatest spiritual growth in your life?



2. When you became a Christian, or soon after, did you really “count the cost” of following Jesus? Did you anticipate any problems that might come into your life as a result of being associated with Jesus? Have you suffered any losses because you follow Jesus?



3. How has your faith affected your relationships (family, friends, etc.)? Has it enhanced them all, or caused any difficulties?



4. Right now in your life, do you find yourself on the cutting edge of spiritual growth, or have you lapsed into a warm, comfortable, protected kind of Christian experience?



5. Do you still believe that God can use you to change the world?




The problem with society is essentially spiritual, so the solution requires a revolution of the spirit. Any political ideology that cannot change the inner motivations and attitudes of people cannot lead to lasting change. Conversely, no political power can stop the changes in society that will take place when spiritual revolution affects people’s attitudes and motivation.
This is no pie in the sky religion. This is the only fully revolutionary answer to the world’s problems. And, because it works best under persecution, there is absolutely nothing that can stop it.”

Jesus the Revolutionary




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