Not A Fan: Fan or Follower?

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The current Sunday morning sermon series and Wednesday group discussions are based on “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman (


Do you know what DTR stands for? It is that moment in every relationship in which one or both persons involved want to Define The Relationship. Jesus defines the relationship that He desires to have with us in Luke 9:23.

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

This definition is comprised of an indicative and an imperative. The indicative describes the person, “anyone who desires to come after me”. The desire spoken of here is not a wish it is a will. It is a choice made by the individual to follow Jesus.

The imperative is stated in a three stage progression. “Deny Himself” is a total self denial. “Take up his cross daily” is an act of the will to put any selfishness to death. “Follow Me” is complete obedience to Jesus. This is a necessary order. No one can fully obey Jesus with out first denying and crucifying self.

This is how Jesus defined the relationship that He desires to have with us.

Personal DTR Evaluation

Knowing how Jesus defined the relationship, you must now ask yourself some questions:

  • Why are you here? Many people in the church today have a “because”. It is the reason they attend. Some attend because of family, friends, food, music, or the preacher. You name it. Someone probably has it as their “because.” What is your because?
  • Are you all in? Once you have answered the first question, this one will be easy to answer. You can identify if you are all in based on identifying if you have selective commitment. Selective commitment is picking and choosing¬† the areas of your life that you will give to Jesus. There is no room for selective commitment. It is not an option.
  • Have you made it your own? Your faith is not dependent upon your family name, the church name or anything other external factors. Sitting in church does not make you any more of a christian than sitting in a garage makes you a car. There comes a point in your life when you have to decide to make the faith your own.

Call to Action

Jesus was never desired to have fans. He always desired to have deeply committed followers.¬† Today, you must answer the question for yourself, “Am I a fan or a follower?” It would be good for you to call your closest family member or friend and talk to them about your answer.

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