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Jesus had no time for superficial professions of faith. How important is it for us to understand the warning of Jesus, for often we are so eager to increase our memberships that we do everything in our power to make a commitment to Christianity as painless as possible.  We become peddlers of cheap grace, obscuring and hiding the message of Jesus which was a call to sacrifice, to steadfast devotion, even to the point of martyrdom. (Sproul, 1999)

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Devotion to Christ cannot be less than whole-hearted (Discipleship is not periodic volunteer work on one's own terms and at one's convenience", R. J. Karris, cited in Talbert, p. 203).

Jesus was 'calling not for spectators but for recruits.' When he called men to follow him, he meant them not to tag along behind him out of curiosity, but to throw in their lot with him in commitment. (Wilcock, 1979).

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There are two invitations given in our text, the first by Jesus and the second by Philip.  The "Bridge of Credibility" is seen in the consistency of the message from Jesus to Philip and Philip to Nathanael and Nathanael's confirmation of the truth.

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The news which Jesus now heralded in Galilee was that God's hour had struck, the time which all the Old Testament had looked forward.  God's reign upon earth, a concept familiar from the prophets, was about to begin (is at hand).  All were therefore called to a change of hearth (repent) and to a belief in this good news, for which John had already prepared the way.

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We know our purpose is to serve God through an obedient lifestyle.  We can divide that lifestyle into the kind of people we are to be and the kind of tasks we are to pursue.  In Jesus' discourse, He defined the kind of people we are to be: Those who abide in Him (John 15:7-17).  The task He has set for us is disciple making (Mathew 28:18-20).  The Scriptures erase our doubts about what living an obedient lifestyle means: Be disciples, make disciples. (Pastor Bill Hull, 2010)

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A proper sense of self-worth comes from recognizing and appropriating the biblical fact that we are loved and valued by our heavenly Father.  Our value is based not on our own merit but on the fact that we are His precious children for whom Christ is willing to die. (Anderson, 2003).

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Individuality in any form is not only anti-Christian, but anti-Human, because it instantly says, 'I care for neither God nor man: I live for myself.'

(Oswald Chambers)

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The Lord gives His people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to Him. (Dwight L. Moody)

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When do we know who we are as children of God, we do not have to rebel; we do not have to dominate and control.  We yield to the lordship of Christ, secure in our position in Him, and we relate with love and forgiveness.  (Dr. Neil T. Anderson, 2003)

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Awareness of yourself and your relationship with God are intricately related.  In fact, the challenge to shed "old false" self, in order to, live authentically in "our new" self, strikes the very core of true spirituality (Scazzero, 2006)

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