Sermon: Discipleship (July 9, 2017)

Pastor Bryan – Community Church | Discipleship: Be One; Make One (26 min.)


Discipleship

Years ago there was a movie called the Karate Kid. It was about a young teenage boy who moves to a new town with his mother. He meets a girl shortly after starting school and just when he thinks things are starting to look up for him, he learns she has a jealous ex-boyfriend.

There is a confrontation and ongoing bullying from him and his friends. It comes to a head one night when he is walking home from a party and gets jumped by the ex-boyfriend and his friends. Although he was beat up pretty bad, something happened during this event that changed his life forever. He was rescued by an older man who was well versed in Karate.

The next day he spoke to the man who rescued him the night before. The young boy was completely amazed by the older man’s skills and asked to be trained to fight like him. The old man (now his sensei/ teacher) agreed under the conditions that he do exactly what he was told without question or complaint. He also had to commit to seeing the training through to the end, no matter how difficult. The boy agreed, and so the training began. The teacher first had the boy way all six of his cars; he then had him sand his deck, followed by painting his fence. With each chore the teacher had a specific way he wanted the young boy to perform the work. With each assignment the boy got more and more frustrated, believing he was being taken. All he wanted to do is learn karate and he was eager for the training to begin. After he completed his final chore, he was so angry he confronted the teacher. He believed all this work was a breach of agreement.

After his rant, the teacher asked him to demonstrate how to paint a fence. The young boy was still feeling his time was being wasted. He half heartedly agreed to go along with the teacher’s request. Systematically the teacher demonstrated how each chore he had the young boy complete was in fact, teaching the art of karate. The boy was shocked how his teacher’s unconventional methods had taught him karate, without him realizing he was being trained. He never questioned his teacher’s methods again. From that point forward he trusted and believed in his sensei.

This is a good illustration of the discipleship process. We get a glimpse of Jesus, and what he’s about and want to learn more. People often believe discipleship begins once a person is saved. In fact, discipleship begins prior to a person being saved. Discipleship begins when we desire to learn more about Christ. It carries on for the rest of our lives for those who come to believe.

Matthew 28: 18-20 says; “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Christ gives a command, make disciples. He tells us how to do this and also provides a promise to be with us ALWAYS. Discipleship is much more than sharing scripture with a person or inviting them to church. It’s entering into a relationship where we take interest in their future. It involves not only teaching but living out scripture as you model Christ-like behavior. It’s being Christ to those we teach.

 

A hog and a hen sharing the same barnyard heard about a church’s program to feed the hungry. The hog and the hen discussed how they could help. The hen said, “I’ve got it! We’ll provide bacon and eggs for the church to feed the hungry.” The hog thought about the suggestion and said, “There’s only thing wrong with your bacon and eggs idea. For you, it only requires a contribution, but from me, it will mean total commitment!” That’s the cost of discipleship.

 

Answer these two questions

  1. Do you see yourself as a disciple of Jesus?
  2. Do you seek to make disciples?

To help you better answer these two questions let’s take a look at five characteristics of a disciple.

 

1. Disciples Make Disciples

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Matthew 28: 19-20) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 2. Disciples Imitate Christ

 

 

 

 

(Ephesians 5:1-2) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

See also; John 13:15, John 15:4, 1 Corinthians 11:1

 

 3. Disciples Love People

 

 

 

 

 

 

(John 13:34-35) A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

See also; John 13:12-17, Ephesians 4:2, 1 John 4:8, Matthew 22:37-39

 

4. Disciples Take Up Their Cross Daily (Commit their lives to Christ and putting him first above everything else no matter what)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Luke 14:27) Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

See also; Luke 9:23, Matthew 10:38, Matthew 16:24

 

Salvation is FREE but discipleship cost Everything.

 

5. Disciples Fellowship with Other Disciples

 

 

 

(Acts 2:42) They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer

See also; Hebrews 10:25

 

SO AGAIN

  1. Do you see yourself as a disciple of Jesus?
  2. Do you seek to make disciples?

Steps to being a disciple

If you want to make sure you are following through with your commitment to be a Disciples of Christ, here are five steps you can take to ensure you’re on the right path.

  1. Read the Bible/ Pray daily
  2. Fellowship
  3. Get active helping people
  4. Surrender your will daily
  5. Recognize when God gives you an opportunity and act on it.

 

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