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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Sermon Notes from 1 Corinthians 2:2. Sermon by Mitchell Jones.

[The following notes were taken at the 10:45AM service this past Lord's Day at Kosmosdale Baptist Church.]

I. Introduction: Parrot illustration.

II. Around what am I building my life? What is the main thing in my life?

III. Idolatry = an answer to the above questions that is anything other than God and His gospel.

IV. You are here to glorify God and enjoy Him.

V. Many substitute rule-keeping for the gospel.

VI. Many are hindered in gospel-service by bondage to emotions.
A. Emotions are important to the worship of God.
B. Truth, not emotion, is our authority.
1. How many marriages would be saved if we lived by truth, rather than by feelings?
2. That truth, rather than emotion, is to be our authority is shown in the temptations of Christ.

VII. We cannot move beyond the Cross.
A. "Whenever the periphery is in danger of replacing the center, we are not far removed from idolatry." - D.A. Carson.
B. Religion, eschatology, new ministry styles, etc., can become idols if they replace the Cross.
C. Don't try to become the gospel; believe the gospel.

[Because the text is focused on a similar theme, Mitchell's sermon was very similar to what I preached from 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 outside the abortion clinic last Saturday, except that-- as a mature preacher-- Mitch's sermon was better than mine at several points.]

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