A. Being a disciple our Lord means we are different, separate from the world (Acts 2:40-41, Galatians 1:4, and Titus 2:11-14).
- As in Jesus' prayer concerning the disciples, being in the world but not of the world (John 17:14-17).
- Think about what it means to come out from among them and be separate (II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
- You’re considered strange (I Peter 4:1-5).
- Even Jesus was thought to have been “beside Himself” [out of wits; insane] and even having Beelzebub (Mark 3:13-23).
II. Body: Are You Willing To Be Identified as Crazy (Acts 26:1-32)? *See vs. 24
A. Consider the bold man Elijah (I Kings 18:1-46).
- It is impressive what he did in standing against the prophets, but think of the risk of standing against a king (Proverbs 16:14; 19:12).
- How strong was he when he felt alone (I Kings 19:1-4; 19:9-18)?
- He would draw a sword to defend Jesus (John 18:10-11).
- He boldly told the Lord He would never be offended because of Jesus (Matthew 26:31-35).
- However, when Jesus was no longer by his side… Matthew 26:69-75
- Not following the crowd (Exodus 23:2).
- The ability to refrain (Proverbs 1:10-19).
- The willingness to sit alone (Psalms 26:4-5 and Jeremiah 15:17).
- How strong (Ephesians 6:10) do you have to be to truly say and mean “though none go with me, I still will follow Jesus” (Matthew 26:55-56)?
III. Conclusion: The real crazies, are those whom have not/do not, obey the Gospel of our Lord (II Thessalonians 1:7-9 and I Peter 4:17-19).
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