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From A Cross To A Crown

                                       FROM A CROSS TO A CROWN
                     LUKE 9:18-27

INTRODUCTION:
           A.    Jesus went to the cross that I might live; I Corinthians 6:20
                 1.    It is through His sacrifice that we have redemption;                                                                         Colossians 1:14
                 2.    The Hebrew author stated; Hebrews 9:28
                 3.    It is through His sacrifice that we have redemption;                                                                         Colossians 1:14
          B.    Jesus told His disciples that they would have a cross to bear;                                                          Matthew 10:38
                 1.    Luke recorded; Luke 9:23
                 2.    Paul told Timothy; II Timothy 3:12
         C.    Our study “From a Cross to a Crown”

I.    DENY ONESELF FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST:  Luke 9:23
          A.    To lose ones’ life is service to God; Luke 9:24
                 1.    Paul told the brethren at Rome; Romans 12:1-2
                 2.    Jesus told the people; Mark 8:34
          B.    One either serves Christ or sin; Romans 6:16
                 1.    Those who serve God have a promise of salvation; Romans 6:23
                 2.    An inheritance which is incorruptible; Ephesians 1:11
                 3.    Paul told the brethren at Colossae; Colossians 3:24

II.    TAKING UP THE CROSS:  John 19:17-18
          A.    Jesus bore a physical cross for us; Hebrews 12:2-3
                1.    He sacrificed His body; Hebrews 10:10
                2.    He shed His blood; Ephesians 1:7
          B.    Our High Priest sacrificed Himself; Luke 9:22; Hebrews 9:11-12
                1.    The writer tells us; Hebrews 9:28
                2.    In life He served man, in death He saved man; Acts 10:38;                                                              Hebrews 9:22

III.    TAKING UP THE CROSS INVOLVES SACRIFICE:  Luke 9:23
          A.    When Jesus sent out the apostles He instructed them;  Mark 6:8-9 
                  1.    Yet, they lacked nothing; Luke 22:35
                  2.    Paul wrote; Romans 8:18
          B.    Devotion to God; Jesus stated; Luke 9:25-26
                 1.    Study and application of the word; II Timothy 2:15;                                                                         Matthew 6:33
                  2.    Bearing fruit for Christ; John 15:8

CONCLUSION:
         A.    Will you take up your cross and follow Jesus?  Luke 9:23
         B.    Will you lose your life in Jesus; let Him give you life?  Luke 9:24
         C.    Will you become a living sacrifice? Romans 12:2; Galatians 2:20
         D.    Why not trade your cross for a crown; II Timothy 4:8