Knowing Jesus

2013 Austin Stone Worship Conference

In this 45-minute session from the Austin Stone Worship Conference, Jim Shaddix uses the words of Christ in Mark 8 to call ministers to sacrifice everything for the gospel. Jim is Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He also serves as an elder and Pastor of Teaching and Training at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.

Mark 8:27-38 (ESV)

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

27And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”28And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”29And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.”30And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

31And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

34And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.35For whoever would save his lifewill lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.36For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?37For what can a man give in return for his soul?38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

"There is no gospel if there is no cross."

Where have you seen or heard a "crossless" gospel proclaimed? What is different about the fruit produced by a full gospel than by a crossless gospel?
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Jim noted that Jesus' call to "take up your cross and follow me" was a call to join Him in death, so that you might be raised with Him in new life. Are there areas of your life that you've not crucified—that you have not surrendered to Christ? What are they?
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Jim gave 3 challenges for those who wish to take up their cross and follow Jesus:

  1. Sacrifice everything for the gospel (Mark 8:35)
  2. Value the gospel above everything (Mark 8:36)
  3. Proclaim the gospel to everyone, everywhere (Mark 8:38)

The gospel is not a both/and proposition, but as Jim said, it is an either/or proposition. In what ways are you tempted to treat your faith as an addition to your life, rather than something that demands your life?
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Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV)

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,46who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In what ways does your life reflect the value you place on the gospel? In what areas can you grow to reflect its surpassing value to those around you?
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Jim ended his message with a very poignant question: "What does the gospel demand of you right now?" What has the Lord spoken to you through this message? What priorities might you need to realign? What action do you need to take immediately?
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It is so easy to get swept into following the course of the world. We forget the call of the gospel upon our lives. We begin to place our treasure in things that rust and moths can destroy. But, the Lord is faithful to pursue us as His Spirit speaks through His Word, reminding us of who we really are. 

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