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Obedience Challenge - Day 3


Welcome to today's Obedience Challenge! We're beginning an epic, 90 day Journey through the Gospels, learning to love and follow Jesus as his disciples.


The Scripture reading for today is: Matthew 3

Click HERE to read it in the NIV

Click HERE to read or listen to it in the ESV

Click HERE to read it in the KJV


Today, we're looking at the command of Jesus to "follow me."

Matthew 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (NIV)

Luke 9:23-25 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?" (NIV)

How can a Christian truly keep this command to follow Jesus? Watch the video above to learn how.

9 Minutes to grow in obedience to Jesus

Today's video is just a little longer, because I took an extra minute to try to clarify what it means to "take up your Cross" and follow Jesus. Watch the video above to learn how we can obey Jesus command to "follow me" in today's world. 

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Would you like to use the Obedience Challenge in your church?

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If you're a pastor who cares about discipling new Christians, and you'd like to get a copy of the NewStart Discipleship tools for small church pastors, you can get a license to print as many copies as you need.

NewStart also includes a license to print the workbook for Obedience Challenge: 90 Days to Obey Jesus

What does it mean to become disciple of Jesus?

"Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be, if he was you." - Dallas Willard

Some Christians fixate on the moment of salvation & forgiveness, but then aren't sure what's next. But salvation is a gateway to discipleship. Discipleship means learning about Jesus in order to imitate him. If you are a brand new believer, or even if you've been around church a lot, you need to become a disciple of Jesus, not just a fan. 

NewStart Discipleship is a program to help new Christians become disciples of Jesus -- to be transformed and become like Jesus.

If you're just getting started in your walk with God, you can also download the Obedience Challenge Workbook here.

New to walking with Jesus? Want advice on growing as a Christian?

If you're a new believer who wants to grow in your faith, discipleship is your next step. Click here to get a copy of NewStart Discipleship journal for yourself. This journal is designed to create "anchor habits" for you as a new follower of Jesus. It features a 50 day Bible reading plan that gives an overview of the highlights of the Bible, and a daily video to explain the reading.

What's next after becoming a Christian?

After you make a commitment to believe in and follow Jesus, I'd encourage you to go through the NewStart Discipleship Journal & the Obedience Challenge workbook as your first "next steps." If you want to continue to grow as a believer, then moving on to studying the holiness of God and what sanctification means

If you're wondering "can I trust the Bible?" and whether Jesus really rose from the dead, you can check out the Defending Your Faith video course. 

Click the chat button on the lower right corner of this page, or subscribe to Pastor Darrell's Youtube channel for further teaching.

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