Following Jesus: All or Nothing

Dr. Jennifer Blake continues our sermon series on following Jesus. Based on Mark 10:17-31

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*Call to Worship
Today we gather to praise the Lord who gave His life;
He, in return, asks for ours.
We might sacrifice a morning, maybe another day during the week;
but what would we truly give to follow Him?
God gives us everything and promises us even more! Let us pray that we never lose sight of Him and His unconditional love, even when the world tries to stand in our way.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Jesus, all that we have are blessings from You, yet we cling to them as though they are symbols of our greatness and worth. We carefully count our possessions as though they represent the good we bring to the world; yet forget that moth and rust can easily destroy them. We constantly look to You for ways to grow in our faith, yet only pretend that we clearly understand through the distortion of clutter. Help us to believe that all we give in Your name; all we push aside to take a closer step to you will come back to us in quantities we can not fathom. Help us to know that all we have is because of You and nothing should ever come between us…(Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus calls us to follow Him, to leave the world behind, to lighten our loads, so that He can continue to heap blessings, mercy and forgiveness upon us.
Thanks be to God!

Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)

The Rich Man
17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” 20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

28 Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”