Fan or Follower?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

I suspect we have some die-hard Packer fans in our congregation. OK there are probably a few Bears Fans sitting in the pews as well. And I know there are some die hard Badger fans reading this newsletter. No matter how the team is doing, you continue to cheer them on. You watch as many games as possible. You probably know something about the players and the coach. You are true fans. You’ve got your title towel and your green & gold sweatshirt or the Red and white T shirt. Maybe some of you are not into sports, so maybe you are a fan of “Dancing with the Stars” or a particular band or a TV or Movie star.

Beginning October 8, we are beginning a worship series entitled “Not a Fan” based on a book by Kyle Idleman. We will be asking ourselves the question “Are We a Fan or a Follower of Jesus?”

Kyle says, “The dictionary defines fan as “an enthusiastic admirer.” Fans want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires sacrifice. Fans may be fine with repeating a prayer, attending church on the weekend, and slapping a Jesus bumper sticker on their bumpers. But is that what Jesus meant when he commanded His followers to pick up their cross daily and follow Him?

In the Gospels we discover Jesus was never really interested in having admirers. He wasn’t looking for fans. He called people to follow Him. So what does it really mean to call ourselves Christians? Are we Fans or Followers?

Pastor Craig Groeschel says, “Jesus never asked us to sit on the sidelines and cheer for His cause”. So how do we get into the “game’ and become a completely committed follower of Jesus.

I think you will find this series challenging, as we take time to “Define The Relationship” (DTR) we have with Jesus and think about how we can more fully answer the call to follow Jesus with all our heart. My hope is that this series will take us all deeper into a living faith in Jesus that will show itself in every aspect of our lives.

The series begins on October 8 (Our BIG DAY). You won’t want to miss a single week of this six week series, so plan to be in worship at Antigo United Methodist Church at 10:00 A,M.

Oh…and invite a friend!!

Grace and Peace
Pastor Debbie