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Why I am so passionate about discipleship
2 years ago, I would have said that my favourite passion was preaching, but that has changed.
we started mentoring groups, which slows turned into discipleship groups.
I have a front row seat to see God do transformative work in people’s lives.
It’s thrilling.
I am being transformed myself in the process, I’m grateful.
I see discipleship as the primary way that God builds his church, and as the primary way that his Kingdom will come.
This commission happens on a mountain in Galilee, (not Jerusalem,) that Jesus had prearranged with his disciples.
What is the
Imagine that at the end of the summer, you will have to give an account to God for how you spent your time.
What is a Disciple?
School - learn
My prayer is that God could say to you, “Well Done”.
followed their teacher for a period of time, watching them teach and live.
We are going to take a close look at a passage from the Gospel of Matthew that has been nicknamed “The Great Commission”.
business = be profitable
it is true that a fisherman man not catch fish … but no true fisherman is ok with that.
If I weren’t bringing souls to Jesus I’d cry out night after night …
given an opportunity to teach alongside of.
sports = championships
Timeline
Let me tell you what is going on historically when this “Great Commission” is given by Jesus to his disciples.
Christian = make disciples
Over time, you can look at the Disciple, and identify the teacher.
Timeline
Today we are talking about being Disciples of Jesus.
We want to be able for people to look at us, and identify Jesus through our words, actions and lives.
Jesus has died on the cross, and been raised to life again.
This is after the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus.
He has
Who is a Disciple of Jesus?
It is after he appeared to his disciples, and after Thomas had his doubts relieved.
according to , it is people who are baptized, learning and living what Jesus taught, and discipling others.
Matthew 28:
I should point out that to be a disciple of Jesus, is to accept his teaching.
Jesus made the claim that he alone is “the way, the truth and the life”. .
A disciple of Jesus believes every word that he spoke is true, and a disciple trusts their lives and their souls to the care and leadership of Jesus.
When are people discipled?
discipleship is meant to begin when we answer Jesus call to follow him, and is a lifelong joy and pursuit.
This means that for each one of us, discipleship is meant to begin when we answer Jesus call to follow him, and is a lifelong joy and pursuit.
Who should make disciples?
Making Disciples is the the work of the Holy Spirit.
That is, God does the work in a person’s life, but he uses his church, (us), to do the work.
To simplify things, Disciples make Disciples.
How are people discipled?
We disciple people as a Church community, and it plays out on a few levels.
Through weekly teaching (sermons)
Through intentional relationships
Through the church to the community
Lets take a look at Jesus final commission to his Disciples that is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
Lets take a look at Jesus final commission to his Disciples that is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew
This is no idle claim.
This is no idle claim.
2 years ago, I would have said that my favourite passion was preaching, but that has changed.
we started mentoring groups, which slows turned into discipleship groups.
Nothing changes lives like
I have a front row seat to see God do transformative work in my friends lives.
It’s thrilling.
I am being transformed myself in the process, I’m grateful.
I see discipleship as the primary way that God builds his church, and as the primary way that his Kingdom will come.
Lets take a look at Jesus final commission to his Disciples that is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.
This commission happens on a mountain in Galilee, (not Jerusalem,) that Jesus had prearranged with his disciples.
Many scholars have speculated that this meeting is the one that is being referred to in .
They have all gathered together, in Galilee, for this prearranged meeting.
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
They have all gathered together, in Galilee, for this prearranged meeting.
Matthew considers it to be so important, that he makes this meeting the final words of his Gospel Letter.
this is interesting because Matthew’s Gospel is intended for a Jewish audience.
Matthew shows the Jews how Jesus is the descendant of David, and the promised Messiah, their saviour.
What is Matthew doing with his conclusion?
He is showing his Jewish audience that this message of life is for all the nations.
Matthew 28:
Remember, this is a crowd of over 500 people that Jesus is addressing.
They had assembled at this meeting that Jesus had called on this mountain in Galilee.
What important words did Jesus have in mind for them?
Matthew 28:
This is no idle claim.
Jesus can speak to sick people, and they are made well.
Jesus can speak to nature, and it obeys him.
Jesus can command demons and angels, and they do as he says.
Jesus rose from the dead.
He has authority over death.
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What does this authority mean for us?
How can we say no to the one who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
His authority goes with us.
I know that for many of us, we have never been properly discipled, and we can find ourselves a little unsure of our role.
So remember this, yes you are commanded to make disciples, but you are not on your own.
God is with you.
You start in an act of obedience, with whatever you can, and I trust that God is going to bless you as you obey.
Yes, he commands you, but he also provides you with His Holy Spirit.
This is God’s work through you.
Be comforted, and encouraged, and step up to this Holy task.
Matthew 28:19
I’m going to quote Pastor J.D. Greear:
In Greek, the words ‘go,’ ‘baptize,’ and ‘teach’ are all participles which derive their force from the one controlling verb “make disciples” … which means that those things: “going,” “baptizing,” and “teaching” are only good insofar as they contribute to making disciples.
We need to look at each one of those words, but we will start with the controlling verb, “make disciples”.
“Make Disciples”
We talked about the vocabulary of making disciples at the start of the message.
Let me give you two more scriptures now.
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