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“There is no life without death.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Following Jesus will cost you something. Following Jesus always costs something.”
Kyle Idleman , Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Fans mistake knowledge OF Jesus for intimacy WITH Jesus.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Fans don’t mind him doing a little touch-up work, but Jesus wants complete renovation. Fans come to Jesus thinking tune-up, but Jesus is thinking overhaul. Fans think a little makeup is fine, but Jesus is thinking makeover. Fans think a little decorating is required, but Jesus wants a complete remodel. Fans want Jesus to inspire them, but Jesus wants to interfere with their lives.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Jesus doesn’t expect followers to be perfect, but he does call them to be authentic.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“In teaching people what it means to be a Christian, we spend much of our time and effort bringing them to a point of belief without clearly calling them to follow. We have taken “believe” and we have written that in capital letters with bold print: BELIEVE. But everything that has to do with following has been put in small print: follow.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“So in case someone left it out or forgot to mention it when they explained what it meant to be a Christian, let me be clear: There is no forgiveness without repentance. There is no salvation without surrender. There is no life without death. There is no believing without committing.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Jesus doesn't hold back with Nicodemus.
Following Jesus would require a commitment that would cost Nicodemus a great deal....In fact, it's true throughout all of Scripture....Following Jesus isn't something you can do at night where no one notices. It's a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That's not the small-print--that's a guarantee.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Sometimes, I hear people talk about the different men and women of the Old Testament, and there is a hint of jealousy. They may say it, or just insinuate it, but here's what they communicate...'What would it have been like to hear God's voice and see him move in such powerful ways? I wish it was the same for us as it was for those whose stories we read about in scripture. When I get to heaven I can't wait to ask David, Elijah, or Moses what it was like.' But I think it will be just the opposite in heaven. Before we can ask David what it was like to slay a giant, to win the battles, he'll say, Tell me what it was like on earth to have the Holy Spirit inside of you, giving you strength when you are weak. We might say to Elijah, What was it like to call down fire from heaven before the prophets of Baal and to raise that boy from the dead? And I think Elijah might say, yeah, he actually ended up dying again. You tell me what it's like to have God living inside of you. What was it like to live life on earth with the Holy Spirit giving you joy when you're depressed or giving you the power to overcome that sin in your life? We might say to Moses, What was it like to follow the cloud by day and the fire by night? What was it like to meet with God on that Mountain? And Moses might say, I had to climb that mountain to meet with God. You tell me what it was like to have him dwell in you everyday. What was it like to have the Holy Spirit giving you directions when you didn't know what to do or where to go?”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“The truth is that most of us go to great lengths to disguise our weaknesses.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“There is a tendency to treat our relationship with Jesus like the diet we keep meaning to start. I’m going to start eating right, as soon as I finish off this chicken chimichanga. Tomorrow for sure. We treat our relationship with Jesus like the workout program we keep meaning to start. We go to bed telling ourselves, “Tomorrow I’m going to wake up early and exercise.” But the following night we find ourselves getting into bed promising, “Tomorrow for sure.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ and author of the Four Spiritual Laws chose three words for his tombstone: "slave for Jesus".”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“It's much easier to talk about following Jesus when you are making general statements rather than specific commitments.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Close your eyes, and with Jesus, journey back through your day. As you do, confess sin as you see it...”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“the grace of God doesn’t simply invite us to follow … it teaches us to follow.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“My concern is that many of our churches in America have gone from being sanctuaries to becoming stadiums. And every week all the fans come to the stadium where they cheer for Jesus but have no interest in truly following him. The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Try taking five minutes for meditation. Close your eyes and in your mind picture Jesus. Watch Him turn, look at you and hear Him...”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“When we learn to truly follow Jesus, we find that obedience to God comes from the inside out. Submission to what God wants for our lives flows naturally out of that relationship.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“It may seem that there are many followers of Jesus, but if they were honestly to define the relationship they have with him I am not sure it would be accurate to describe them as followers. It seems to me that there is a more suitable word to describe them. They are not followers of Jesus. They are fans of Jesus. Here is the most basic definition of fan in the dictionary: “An enthusiastic admirer” It’s the guy who goes to the football game with no shirt and a painted chest. He sits in the stands and cheers for his team. He’s got a signed jersey hanging on his wall at home and multiple bumper stickers on the back of his car. But he’s never in the game. He never breaks a sweat or takes a hard hit in the open field. He knows all about the players and can rattle off their latest stats, but he doesn’t know the players. He yells and cheers, but nothing is really required of him. There is no sacrifice he has to make. And the truth is, as excited as he seems, if the team he’s cheering for starts to let him down and has a few off seasons, his passion will wane pretty quickly. After several losing seasons you can expect him to jump off the fan wagon and begin cheering for some other team. He is an enthusiastic admirer.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:14–16).”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“In fact, it's true throughout all of Scripture....Following Jesus isn't something you can do at night where no one notices. It's a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That's not the small-print--that's a guarantee.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“What you win them with is what you win them to.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Many have made a decision to believe in Jesus without making a commitment to follow Jesus.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“When Jesus defines the relationship he wants with us he makes it clear that being a fan who believes without making any real commitment to follow isn’t an option.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Instead of identifying myself as a follower because I know about Jesus, I understand that I am a follower because I know Jesus.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“What is it that is competing for your allegiance to Christ? You may have both hands on the plow, but what is it you keep looking back at?”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Woe to you fans, if you would be as zealous about caring for the sick as you are about a ‘Christmas tree’ being called a ‘holiday tree,’ health insurance wouldn’t be a problem.”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
“Can anything good come from Duke?”
Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus

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