Talbot Davis, a Methoblogger and megachurch pastor in North Carolina, recently posted the rough version of a sermon he recently delivered that culminated in an invitation to Christian discipleship.
I appreciate him doing this because it is nice to be able to see how a pastor works through a sermon to arrive at this spot. I think we all benefit when we can see how others work. I particularly liked the warning Talbot gave to people before he gave is explicit call to Christian discipleship.
Here it is from his preaching text.
Now: I’m going to give you an opportunity in a few minutes to do just that. But before I do and in order for me to be faithful to the gospel and to this Gospel of Luke, I have to let you know up front: it’s NOT just about you and Jesus. That’s not salvation. I’d not be truthful if I said, “oh, it’s just a private decision you and Jesus in the quiet of your heart.” There’s more. Because after John calls them snakes, the people getting baptized ask three times “what do we do?” Look at the answers in 3:10-14: READ. Notice? All the answers have to do with how you treat other people: sharing, not abusing, and being content. Getting right with God means making right with others. For some of you it will be speaking to that ex-spouse you’d vowed you’d never talk to again. For others it’s reconciling with those parents from whom you have been estranged. And still others it’s making the first move with those adult children from whom you are alienated. No way around it. If you are going to respond to Gospel Decision today, do so knowing in advance that you’re going to relinquish your right to get your way, you’re going to have to go to some people in order to right some wrongs that you’ve caused, and you’re going to practice contentment. Because if you have something private with Jesus and IT DOESN’T EFFECT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS it means you didn’t get right. Getting right means making right and I want you to know that going in.