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The disciples learned by on the job training. So should we.

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Imitation

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first part,
Paul said,
imitate me.
We looked at the life
of Paul
we learned
He was
passionate
sacrificial
mission-oriented.
Paul actually said:
imitate me,
as I,
imitate Christ.
According to Paul
ultimate model
is Christ.
Let’s take a closer look
at the ultimate
model today.
The first thing we notice,
Christ specifically gathered
followers.
Matthew 4:18–22 ESV
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Matthew 4:18–22 ESV
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Christ intentionally called
disciples to follow Him.
Why?
So he could train them
to do His work.
So they could
imitate him.
Speaking of training
2 types
intellectual training
practicum
“on the job training”
Jesus did both
sermons / parables
working together
but seemed to prefer
practicum.
Traditionally surgeons
were taught with
the method
“See One,
Do One,
Teach One”
New Officers Training...
Jesus said,
follow me.
That means,
walk like I walk.
do what I do.
1 John 2:6 ESV
whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
One idea I hear spoken
very often by Christians
“We can’t be like God.”
Fortunately,
that idea is not biblical...
John 15:12 ESV
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
1 John 3:2 ESV
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
1 John 4:16–17 ESV
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
1 John 4:17 ESV
By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
Philippians 2:5 ESV
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
Romans 8:29 ESV
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
2 Peter 1:3–4 ESV
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
The idea,
The idea,
that we cannot be like Jesus
is false.
In fact,
Christ not only says
it is possible,
but he
commands it.
1 Peter 1:15–16 ESV
but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
When I was a kid,
we loved this game
called, “Simon Says.”
Pathfinders, marching
get out.
Jesus life was,
follow me.
Do the marching
that I do.
So what steps
did Jesus take?
What were His
marching orders?
John 5:19 ESV
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
John 8:28 ESV
So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
John 12:49–50 ESV
For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
We notice.
Jesus did
what God directed.
So if you can imagine,
every action
every sermon
every parable
every healing
every rebuke
every thought
was the will of His Father.
This is how Jesus
did not sin.
He was too busy
focused on mission.
Don’t think about
Pink Elephant.
Let’s read one more.
John 14:12 ESV
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
Jesus says,
we are going to do
same things?
Nay!
Greater Works!
Each of our life mission
should be
to do the
works of Jesus...
Let’s talk more
about Jesus’ works.
works.
You remember the story
the ministry of Jesus
Jesus lost
into broad categories
Healing
Teaching/Preaching
Three days looking
They found him...
Luke 2:48–49 ESV
And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
What made Jesus
the man that he was
Fathers’s Business.
What exactly was it…?
John 18:37 ESV
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Speak the Truth
Luke 4:43 ESV
but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”
To Preach
John 12:27 ESV
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.
To Overcome Sin
to bring life
to others...
Today,
Christ is calling
each of us
to a very high standard.
Christ is not only
interested in
your money
your attendance.
He wants all of you...
He want you to
Imitate Him.
Father’s Business.
Christ gave us
breathe of life today.
Not for us,
but to give to others.
To live like Jesus.
life of
sacrifice.
suffering.
service.
1 Peter 2:21 ESV
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
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