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A Family Of Disciples

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What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
It means more than just going to church.
It means more than just reading your Bible.
It means more than praying.
To be a disciple of Jesus means that we are to follow Jesus!
In tonight’s passage, we are going to see Jesus call the twelve disciples that we have names for.
As we read this calling passage, we will see what disciples do. Who they are.
Mark 3:13–21 ESV
13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”

Disciples Are Desired By Jesus

Don’t miss that first part of this passage. Jesus is drawing together His community. And who does He bring to Himself? Who does He call?
Those that He desires.
Now, as we look at different truths about these original apostles, we won’t be exactly like them. What’s true of them won’t exactly be what’s true of us.
But this truth holds true.
If you’re a follower of Jesus, if you are feeling the call of discipleship on your life, it is because Jesus desires for you to be one of His.
That’s nuts.
Do you ever feel undesirable? Or is that just me?
I had a running joke in my single college boy years that I was hard to want.
I joked about that but I felt it too.
I felt that maybe I just wasn’t worth people’s affection or love.
If you are in this room in this moment on an ordinary Wednesday night in January, don’t miss what’s happening.
Jesus is calling you to follow Him as one of His disciples, and He is doing that because He cares about you.
All I can really say in response to that is wow.
Why wouldn’t I want to be His disciple? Why wouldn’t I want to follow Him?
He has chosen me.
He desires me.
He has chosen you too.

Disciples Be With Jesus

What else do we learn about disciples?
Mark 3:14 ESV
14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach
We learn that disciples be with Jesus.
Before we talk any about what disciples do, we have to acknowledge that they are simply supposed to be with Jesus.
That is so encouraging.
So many of us in the church can feel the burden of what we are called by God to do. Right?
We feel the pressure of reading our Bibles, praying, giving, evangelizing, and inviting others to church.
And when we don’t do it, we feel off.
We feel like God is distant. I’m here to tell you that your Father simply wants to be with you.
He just wants to sit with you.
He just wants you to spend time with Him.
The pressure is off.
We’re going to talk about what we get to be a part of as disciples of Jesus.
But before you start to think that His love for you is based off anything you accomplish, think about this truth. Disciples are simply with Jesus.
Before they’re sent, they simply sit.
I love kids movies. Like a lot.
I went and saw Puss and Boots 2 on Monday and laughed my freaking face off. It was wonderful.
There’s an old classic called Mulan. I’m not talking about this stupid remake that took out Mushu and all the music and fun and wonder.
I’m talking the old school one.
In Mulan, she goes to war for her father’s honor. When she arrives back home after defeating the most terrifying animated villain in Disney history, Shan-Yu, she comes with his sword and the emperor’s crest as a sign of the emperor’s gratitude.
Does anyone know what happens next?
Does anyone know what happens when she shows her father these objects?
He pushes them aside and gives her a huge hug.
I’m sorry that some of you have fathers in your life that only want what you can show for your accomplishments. It makes my heart break for you.
Because Mulan’s father shows us what a godly father is, and what our Heavenly Father is like. Stop bringing your earthly accomplishments. Your stat line and GPA aren’t worth anything. Just give Him a hug. Stop bringing your spiritual accomplishments. Your Sunday school attendance and quiet time success don’t matter at all. Just give Him a hug.
Disciples of Jesus sit with Jesus. Before anything else, they sit in His presence.

Disciples Preach Jesus

Out of the overflow of their intimate relationship with Jesus however, disciples of Jesus do two things.
First they preach Jesus, right?
Mark 3:14 ESV
14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach
Now again, there is not a direct one for one correlation between the apostles we’re reading about here in this passage and our modern walk with Jesus.
BUT.
This rings true.
We are sent out from God’s presence to preach. If you were at the winter retreat on Saturday night, you watched me cry talking on this very point. When we rest and reside in God’s presence, that’s not the end goal. We are to be on mission, preaching the wonder of Jesus to the world around us.
And this is where we stop being disciples of Jesus.
Experience forgiveness?
Yes please.
Experience peace and joy?
Yes please.
Experience the felt presence of God in our rooms when we’re in the word and prayer?
Yes please.
But tell others about Him?
You must be out of your freaking mind.
And yet, our unwillingness to tell others about our Savior is sometimes directly linked to the joy or lack there of that we find in our walk with Christ.
When you are trying to keep your relationship with Jesus secret, you’re going to be miserable.
What we need to remember though is that this will happen naturally if we are truly walking with Jesus and sitting in His presence.
My sister Shannon is obsessed about two things right now. Mia’s italian restaurant in Wichita Falls, and a dude she met and has been on a few dates with. She has called me more in the last month to talk about that boy than she has in the year prior combined.
She talks about what fills her with life and makes her feel joy.
That’s all preaching about Jesus is.
I want all of my friends on Facebook and social media followers to know that this past weekend was the greatest thing in the world.
This weekend was like walking around in heaven on earth.
Minus the fat L I took in two-touch football because I dropped an immaculately thrown pass by Landon.
But this weekend was a mountaintop experience. And I can’t help but tell others about it.
So, disciples preach Jesus and what He’s done. But they do more than that.

Disciples Push Back Darkness With Jesus

After all of you left Saturday afternoon, I hung around at Chaparral and shut it all down. I went and turned in all the paperwork. I turned in the checks. I checked our cabin and it was a mess. We need to do better at that in the future. But it’s all good.
Then I went home singing to worship songs, praying, and praising God for all that He did this weekend. I ate five slices of Papa Johns stuffed crust pizza, watched some TV with Jamie, and went to bed utterly exhausted.
Then I had one of the craziest experiences of my life. I had a vivid dream. I don’t typically remember dreams, but I remembered this one.
I was leaving Chaparral when I heard wailing and banging and screaming. I turn and see some evil presence behind the doors of the sanctuary. He can’t get out after me but he’s trying.
I kept waking up and each time I closed my eyes, it was that same exact image over and over. I was freaked out.
I finally woke up.
Later on in the evening I woke up to Gracie whimpering and I was like heeeeck no and prayed over her until she calmed down.
Then I laid there.
What happened?
I am not standing up here telling you that I came face to face with what was actually a demon.
I am not standing up here telling you I had an out of body experience where I was actually at Chaparral in the flesh.
What I am standing up here telling you is that I was reminded by God that what we do as followers of Jesus is that we push back darkness.
My prayer the last few days is that what God bound this weekend would stay bound.
The reality is, I’ve heard from several of you this week about the attacks you feel under.
I’m telling you, darkness exists.
Let’s all now listen to some heavy metal and paint our nails black.
I’m kidding obviously.
But this world is dark.
And you, sitting right there in that seat, if you’re a follower of Jesus then you have the call on your life to push back darkness.
How?
Prayer and presence.
Prayer and presence.
First off, prayer. We pray that God’s Kingdom would come and His will would be done in our community.
As a result of that dream and those of you I’ve heard from who feel under attack, I’ve been praying like crazy. Praying that the enemy would back the heck off.
But we push back darkness with more than just prayer.
We push back darkness with presence.
Here’s what I mean.
So many of you are not where your feet are.
You are staring into your phone.
You aren’t focused on those in need right around you.
God has you at Holliday High School to push back darkness and meet the needs of students.
I was in the cafeteria for JH lunch and noticed when I was leaving that a mentally disabled student was sitting all by himself.
Popularity and cliques are darkness y’all.
I was on Facebook this afternoon and saw a mom asking when food distribution day was in town.
Our community has a food closet and a clothes closet. You know what that tells me?
This community has needs that your designer jeans can meet.
So we push back darkness via prayer and presence.
Let’s look at one more thing.

Disciples Are Crazy With Jesus

Mark 3:17–21 ESV
17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot, 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”
Mark lists the names of the twelve disciples and then what happens?
His family comes to him.
And they say “He is out of his mind”.
Mary and Jesus’ brothers think that Jesus is crazy.
They think Jesus is off His rocker.
Stop trying to be that cool Christian.
Stop trying to be that Christian who shows up to the parties and watches Euphoria and cusses on the court.
Stop trying to play both sides.
To be a disciple of Jesus is to embrace that you are freaking weird.
You believe that a guy that died 2000 years ago is the Lord of the universe and that His sacrifice on the cross took away your sin.
That’s.
Crazy.
So embrace it! Embrace the weird.
Here’s the cool part.
We don’t have to be weird alone.
Mark 3:31–35 ESV
31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
Jesus redefines family.
I am closer to members of my church than I am members of my family. If you think I’m crazy, fine. But that’s what this passage is talking about!
Our youth group should be a family that trumps the family you go home to.
Why?
Because my prayer is that everyone here at youth eventually commits wholeheartedly to Jesus and nothing else.
You aren’t weird alone.
You can be a weird follower of Jesus who is obsessed with Him with me.
So every week, you don’t have to walk alone.
You can be discipled, and you can be in a local church. You know that you should both those things at this point. And you also know that it’s an invitation and not an obligation.
Love you guys, let’s pray.
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