Not A Fan–Sermon #1: Follow the Leader

Not a Fan Series – Message #1 – LWCC09162012

September 16, 2012



Discuss the Children’s Game: Follow the Leader

· The expectation is that whatever the leader does, the followers will do as well

· It’s such a simple thing, and children get it and do it and enjoy it.

· However, as adults in church we don’t seem to have the same mind-set

Discuss the command: “Go, clean your room.”

· The AWANA Child returns: “Dad, I am so excited! I have memorized your command to clean my room! Isn’t that so awesome!”

· The Seminary Child returns: “Dad, I have learned to read and say your command in both Greek and Hebrew! Is that cool? Do you wanna hear it?”

· The Church Child returns: “Dad, I have started a small group to study your command to clean the room. We’re going to meet for several weeks so we can fully understand what you are asking in the context in which you are asking.”

QUESTION: Does the room ever get clean? Is the COMMAND ever followed?

Then there is this possible scenario:

· The Cooperative Program Child returns: “Dad, I have given our neighbor , Sam, some money and he’s going to clean my room instead of me.”

So the room is cleaned, but the one to whom the command is given still has not obeyed the giver of the command.

Now Consider Some of Jesus’ Commands:

  • · Jesus commands us: “Be born again.” (John 3.7)
  • · Jesus commands us: “Seek FIRST God and His righteousness” (Matt. 6.33)
  • · Jesus commands us: “Pray always” (Luke 21.36)
  • · Jesus commands us: “Let your light shine before men” (Matt. 5.16)
  • · Jesus commands us: “Worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4.23-24)
  • · Jesus commands us: “Love your neighbor” (Matt. 19.17-19)
  • · Jesus command us: “Go, make disciples…” (Matt. 28.19-20)

And are we responding as the child in our illustration? We are doing something, but we are not doing what was commanded. We have all the appearance of obedience without really obeying.

Luke 9:23-27
Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

Picking Apart Luke 9.23

· IF – indicates that there is a choice to be made (presupposes a “then” follow-up)

· ANYONE – includes everyone who would make the choice

· WANTS TO – the choice is born from deep desire, not a surface appearance

· FOLLOW/COME – Go where I am going…Do what I am doing…Be like me

· WITH ME – Promise of Jesus’ presence. He is WITH us as we are WITH Him

· HE MUST/LET HIM – No option here. No plan B…These are the conditions

· DENY HIMSELF – The first thing is not the ME THINGS…it’s the HIM things

· TAKE UP HIS CROSS – For each person this will be unique and personal

· DAILY – Every day we make a choice, and each day the choice should be Jesus

· FOLLOW ME – Go where1 I go and do what I do the way that I do it


· EVERYONE Chooses

o Like in Salvation: Everyone Chooses, but not everyone chooses Christ

o Everyone Chooses, but not everyone chooses to be a committed follower.

· The options

o Choose to be a fan…surface level disciple

o Choose to be a follower…deeply committed disciple

· The Outcome

o Following Christ isn’t a promise of ease and prosperity

o Following Christ is a promise of presence and purpose


· Jesus says that whoever would follow Him “Must…”

o What are some things we are told we must do in life?

o What are the consequences is we don’t do those must-do things?

o Following is a Choice, but IF we choose to follow…then we MUST


· Like Directions from a GPS, we follow where we are lead.

  • Me: “There’s no camp-ground here.”
  • Andie: “I told you we passed it back there.”
  • She was right AGAIN

· Unlike the Directions from a GPS, Jesus is totally trustworthy.

o In My Life this has Meant…

  • Following to Vermont
  • Following back to New York
  • Following to West Virginia (where I really started following)
  • Following to Florida (where I never wanted to go)
  • Following to Alabama (where I never thought I’d go)
  • Following deeper into Florida (where I never knew existed)
  • Following back to Vermont (where I wasn’t sure I would ever return)

Finding the Course Involves Investment

Jeremiah 6:16 (HCSB)
16 This is what the Lord says: STAND by the roadways and LOOK. ASK about the ancient paths: Which is the way to what is good? Then TAKE IT and find rest for yourselves.

  • Time spent in Prayer…ask for directions
  • Time spent in Bible…consult the Atlas
  • Time spent in Worship…look to the hills, that’s where your help is
  • Time spent in Fellowship…talk to the fellow travelers
  • Time spent in Reflection…where you’ve been…where you’re going

Oh, there is an Alternative:

· Jeremiah 6.16 continues: BUT they protested: We won’t!

· The Result of this decision:

o Jeremiah 6.19: Listen, earth! I am about to bring DISASTER on these people, the fruit of their own plotting, for they have paid no attention to My word. They have rejected My instruction


· Make the Choice – become a follower of Christ

· Get Committed – be ready to go the distance with Jesus

· Follow the Course – Jesus has the perfect plan for your life, follow Him

to be continued…

(Next Sunday: “Nick at Night: Moving From Fan to Follower”)


The Teacher’s Note Book: Article Review–Sticky Notes and Highlighters for Students with ADHD

Increasing Academic Success for Children with ADHD Using Sticky Notes and Highlighters

As the Melissa Stormont (2008) opens her article, “Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) represent about 3% – 5% of the school age population and are most often educated in the general education classroom” (p. 305). While those number may seem to represent a relatively small portion of the school population, educators in the field know that this relatively small population of students can have a significant impact on the educational experience of the greater population. Stormont’s article shares some effective methods of accommodating students with ADHD and helping them cope with the disorder by developing strategies of learning that meet their needs.

The author focuses on two readily available and inexpensive resources. Sticky notes, most are familiar with those adhesive backed little squares that show up all over the classroom by the time June rolls around. Utilizing these tools the author shares 20 strategies that help to address the four characteristics of children with ADHD, which are; selective attention problems, sustained attention problems, impulsivity; and high levels of verbal and motor activity. The benefits of using these simple tools and strategies include, availability of the resource, low cost of the tools, and the portability of the tools making this a resource that can go home with the student.

If a reader of this article has experience with ADHD with either themselves or a close family member then some, perhaps many, of the strategies Stormont expounds upon will resonate. Utilizing the sticky notes to create sequences of activities to complete assignments systematically, covering all or part of the spelling words to practice spelling, or math problems to follow systematic solution practices can help keep the student focused. Using highlighters of varied colors to represent different priorities in assignments and what to attend to in order, noting completed tasks on a list, marking sections of a story read, and highlighting misspelled letters in words will help the student attend to the tasks and recognize both mistakes and progress made.

This article was practical, interesting, and beneficial. Providing teachers with these simple, inexpensive, and effective strategies that may aid in the education of students with ADHD adds to the pre-service teacher’s toolbox. In addition, while the primary focus is the benefit derived by students with ADHD, these ideas might also prove helpful to students and teachers who need help organizing thoughts, tasks, and practicing systematic learning. As this student/teacher has discovered in his experience, any tools that help organize one’s thoughts and design logical steps to learning are an asset.