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The cost of following Jesus

Our year started with a new series based on our theme for this year, building a culture of discipleship. This series aims to remind us that there is a cost involved if we profess to be a follower of Christ.

Granted, having been forewarned, we are willing to press on into this journey of discipleship, let us now probe deeper into Jesus’ demands.

Mark 8:34-38
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Deny, Carry, Follow

Jesus said that whosoever wants to follow him must deny himself, carry the cross, and follow Him.

Deny himself
This call by Jesus is a call to go against our human nature – our self-will, self-centredness and self-life. Jesus demands followers to surrender to His control. It means letting His will rule over our own will. It means letting Jesus deal with our self-life so that our attitudes, actions and reaction become like His. To many, this call is difficult and impractical.

Carry the cross
In Jesus’ days, when a person is sentenced to death on the cross, he would need to carry the cross to the place of execution. People will come out and see this “black parade”. They would know that the person carrying the cross is as good as dead. This is what Jesus meant that when we carry our cross. We consider ourselves as dead. We die to all our desires, ambitions and achievements. They are ‘rubbish’ in the light of following Jesus.

Following Jesus
Jesus walked the path of suffering to the cross. He did more than this. He helped the poor, he became a friend to the lost, he healed those who were sick and he became hope to the helpless. One more important thing Jesus did was to make disciples. He spent most of his time with the 12, eating, sleeping, fellowshipping and teaching them what it meant to follow Him. We are to do likewise.

Finally, the ability to deny, carry and follow cannot take place overnight. It is a process that takes place daily, assisted and guided by the Holy Spirit. Through submission to the Spirit’s work, we can become disciples of Jesus!

Pr Tan Yu Yong
(CUG & IY Pastor)


Pulpit Series
The Gospel of Mark: The King’s Cross (pt 1)

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (Mark 1:15). With these words from Mark’s gospel, Jesus takes centre stage in this fast-paced gospel account. Mark presents Jesus as an extraordinary healer, teacher, debater and leader. But more than this, he is shown to be the Christ, the Son of God, the Lord and saviour. The 2 main focuses of Mark’s gospel is Christology and Discipleship. While this 10-week series will take us all the way to Easter, we will look at it in 2 parts with chapter 8 as a turning point. Let us spend the next few weeks remembering and reflecting on the truth and power of God. We will be awed by the love of our King as we survey His Cross.

17 February – The Call, Mark 1 (Pastor Jeremy Lim)

24 February – The Healing, Mark 2 (Pastor Jeremy Lim)

3 March – The Power, Mark 4 (Elder Choong Yee Fong)

10 March – The Stain, Mark 7 (Elder Choong Yee Fong)

17 March – The Turn, Mark 8 (Pastor Melissa Chan)

Highlight – Good Friday Service 19 April


Access previous sermons via streaming, podcast or download on our Sermons page.

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