fan: an enthusiastic admirer.
Jesus seems to have a lot of fans. Some fans may even get dressed up for church on Saturday or Sunday. They like the association with Jesus: close enough to get some of the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything more from their conscience. They enjoy a "no-strings-attached" relationship with Jesus. A fan says, "I like Jesus, but don't ask me to do anything about it."
Unfortunately, defining what it means to be a follower of Jesus isn't nearly as arbitrary or subjective as some have made it. Jesus lays it out pretty clearly. In fact, over 20 times in the New Testament Jesus issues the compelling and challenging invitation, "Follow Me."
Jesus isn't interested in mere fans. He doesn't want enthusiastic admirers. He wants something different...
COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWERS.
How would things change if we lived as He lived. And loved as He loved.
Are you willing to join the growing number of people who have crossed the line and said...
I am not a fan.
September 16 -- "Not a Fan" -- NOTES (Study Guide 1)
September 23 -- "The Invitation" -- NOTES (Study Guide 2)
September 30 -- "What Must I Do?" -- NOTES (Study Guide 3)
October 07 -- "Is Jesus Enough?" -- NOTES (Study Guide 4)