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Session 10

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

Read: Mark 3:20-35

What would have happened if Noah had completed 90 percent of the ark? Imagine if he’d left a small hole in the hull or left off the roof, choosing instead to take a weekend off. Noah could not afford partial commitment. His salvation and his family’s chance of surviving catastrophe were dependent upon his complete and total willingness to completely trust God. The same is true for us.

Real commitment is incredibly difficult, yet we are asked to do it every day. We’re asked to commit to spouses, children, jobs, exercise programs, diets, and countless others. Many of these commitments require balance. We have to take time and effort from one to give to another. While this works with certain aspects of life, it does not work with our commitment to follow Jesus.

God does not expect us to be perfect. Much of the Christian life is a process of letting go of old habits and embracing our new life as a Christian. We won't always get it right, but we will keep moving forward if we remain steadfast in our commitment to God.  

In Mark 3:34-35, Jesus says our commitment to Him should supersede every other relationship in our lives: “Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’”

Jesus doesn't ask for our perfection; He asks for our commitment. 

We are not capable of living perfect lives. Jesus doesn’t ask for our perfection; He asks for our commitment. As Christians, we are called to press on the best we can after realizing and acknowledging our complete dependence on the sacrifice Jesus made. There can be no partial commitment when it comes to this one decision. We are either in or out.

Reflect:

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, where is your commitment to Jesus? Why did you pick the number you did?
  • Who or what has the most influence on your day-to-day decisions? Where does Jesus fall in the order of influential voices in your life?
  • What step do you need to take this week to make your relationship with Jesus your No. 1 priority?

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2

Why baptism matters for you

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3

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

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4

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

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5

Why does time with Jesus matter?

Why does time with Jesus matter?

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6

What does faith look like?

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7

You don’t have to clean up first

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8

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

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9

How to do life with others like Jesus did

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10

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

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11

Are you growing good soil?

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12

Your story is powerful and important

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13

How to combat fear with faith

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14

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

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15

Why your faith is important

Why your faith is important

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16

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

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17

What to do when you face an impossible task

What to do when you face an impossible task

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18

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

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19

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

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20

Are your beliefs based on experience?

Are your beliefs based on experience?

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21

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

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22

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

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23

What happens when you go to God in prayer

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24

You are a vital part of the church family

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25

What Jesus said you should do with sin

What Jesus said you should do with sin

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26

Who do you lean on the most?

Who do you lean on the most?

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27

How to know what you really value

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Tired of not getting your way?

Tired of not getting your way?

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You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

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30

The greatest of all the commandments is love

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31

It’s OK to want to be blessed

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32

How to survive the end of the world

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33

You’re one of the bad guys

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34

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

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35

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

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36

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

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37

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

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38

You don’t have to make everyone happy

You don’t have to make everyone happy

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39

You are not alone in your suffering

You are not alone in your suffering

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40

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

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41

What the resurrection did for you

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