Pick up Your Cross and Follow Me

This sermon is on Mark 8:34-38, where Jesus plainly lays out His terms for discipleship.  Jesus intends that His disciples be willing to relinquish all rights to determine the course of their life, entrusting themselves entirely to the goodness and grace of God.  John's exhortation for us is to not simply see this passage as an intense command to come and die to selfish desires, but as an invitation to find true life in Christ as His life becomes increasingly more apparent in us.  The more we decrease, the more He increases in us.  We're reminded again that the gospel is not only an amazing gift of salvation, but that God himself comes to reside within us promising to give us abundant life.  Death leads to life.  Life is found in Christ.  Christ in us is the hope of glory.