He Wants to be Your One and Only

What Jesus is describing here (Luke 14:26) is more accurately understood by picturing a race for first place in your life and he is the only one on the track.  Jesus isn’t just saying, “I don’t even want there to be a second place.”  When we compare our relationship with him to anyone else there should be no competition.  Fans will try hard and make Jesus one of many.  But when Jesus defines the relationship he makes it clear; he wants to be your one and only.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 58

Confusing Knowledge for Intimacy

Fans have a tendency to confuse their knowledge for intimacy.  They don’t recognize the difference between knowing about Jesus and truly knowing Jesus.  In church we’ve often got this confused.  We have established systems of learning that result in knowledge, but not necessarily intimacy.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 43

What It Means to be a Christian

What it means to be a Christian:  There is no forgiveness without repentance.  There is no salvation without surrender.  There is no life without death.  There is no believing without committing.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 34

A Decision to Believe is not Equal to a Decision to Commit

Many have made a decision to believe in Jesus without making a commitment to follow Jesus.  The gospel allows for no such distinction.  Biblical belief is more than mental assent or verbal acknowledgement.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 31