At the beginning of April 2017 I was honored to preach at the International Christian Fellowship Church in Belgrade, Serbia at the invitation of my friend and colleague Samuil Petrovski. The message of my sermon with the title “Are You Following Him?” was anchored in Mark 9:33-10:52. I would like to share with you a part of the sermon where I focused on the need to follow Jesus with the honesty and trust of children, and to humbly accept each other in Christ.
The sermon begins with the following words: “I think of many of my friends in the days when we were young. They were enthusiasts about Jesus. They were enthusiastic about becoming pastors and ministers, and about working for the Kingdom of God. But when I look at them now, so many of them – they don’t believe in anything any more. They got disappointed with Jesus. It looks as if God had failed them. He did not meet their expectations. They are saying: ‘We don’t believe in anything now. We are atheists.’ I would tell some of them: ‘You really need to asses your heart, honestly. Have you come to this conclusion because you really came to understand that God does not exist any more? Or, maybe you have become arrogant, and you do not want to trust Him any more, so you think you are paying him back when you say that you do not believe in Him’. I hear them saying: ‘You failed me, Lord, and therefore you do not exist for me any more’.”
For more take a few moments and listen to the whole thing. Time: 7:16 min.