A Matter Of Life Or Death Part 1 “Will You Follow Jesus?”

A Matter of Life and Death – Part 1

Will You Follow Jesus?

The meaning of the phrase “a matter of life and death” increases ________________ when it refers to spiritual matters.

We go from talking about _____________ life and death to _____________ life and death.

At various times on our lives we make choices to walk __________ from or walk ____________ Jesus.

Some of you are being asked to move from ____________  ______________ to ______________  __________________.

Jesus has been ministering for __________ years and has begun to draw large _______________.

Like most people, we tend to move toward people who appear to be ____________ for us personally.

John 6:26-27  

26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

John 6:53-60

53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Desert Jesus

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

When Jesus says __________ things, we are forced to make _______________ choices.

John 6:66-69

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

  1. Understand there _______ a choice.

Jesus doesn’t _____________ His followers.

2.  Going ___________ from Jesus means going _____________ something or someone else. 

               If we don’t _____________, we _____________.

               Moving toward Jesus moves you toward    __________________ life.

               No one is meant to walk this path _____________.

3.  Jesus words __________ the words of life. 

               Peter seems to know the main reason to follow Jesus       is what Jesus ___________; not what Jesus __________.

               How much do Jesus’ words _____________ to you?

4.  What you ______________ is a matter of life and death.

               When you trust in Jesus Christ, your life ______________          for eternity and your death means ______________ and             not __________________.

               Before the cross, Peter _____________ Christ.  After the            resurrection, Peter ______________ Christ.