Introduction: The focus of this message is on the Cost of Discipleship. Becoming a disciple of Jesus will cost us something. What then is the true cost of discipleship? There was a time when our Lord wanted to confirm if His disciples knew who He was and if they knew what it would cost them to be His disciples so He engaged them in a crucial question and answer session about His identity in Lk. 9: 18 – 21 The Holy Spirit revealed to Peter the true identity of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Jesus commended Peter for the revelation but He asked the question to prepare His disciples for His next statement.
Introduction: We have been discussing about lessons on discipleship. We have learned about who a disciple is and what discipline means. We have learned about different types of discipline ranging from mental, moral and physical. In this message we will learn about how we can become a disciple. It is important because coming to Church or associating with God’s people does not make us a disciple. The fact that our parents or siblings are disciples does not make us a disciple. The fact we are even pastors and preachers do not make us disciples of Jesus. The Bible says “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Introduction: There are at least 3 types of discipline – mental, moral & physical. We have discussed mental and moral discipline. In this edition we will discuss physical discipline.
Introduction: This teaching on discipleship is based on how we can successfully live our lives for God (Eccl. 12: 13). Living for God means we have to be His disciples, that is, followers of His ways. We have to be disciplined in order to be successful disciples of Jesus and one of the definitions of discipline is “bring under control by training in obedience”. This means that discipline is unnatural to us. It has to be enforced by theoretical instruction & practical training. It is through the instructions we receive from God’s word and the experiences of life that He takes us through that we learn the lessons of discipleship.
Introduction: There are at least three types of discipline – mental, moral and physical. We discussed mental discipline before. In this edition we will discuss moral discipline.
Introduction: We have been focusing on how we can successfully live our lives for God. We have said before that living for God requires us to surrender our will to His will and allowing Him to be the center pole of our lives. It means allowing Him to be the Captain of our ship and the pilot of our plane. This is what discipleship is about. A disciple is a follower of a leader, teacher or master. We are disciples of Jesus Christ. Discipleship comes from the word discipline, so a disciple should have the discipline of the master. One of the definitions of discipline is “bring under control by training in obedience”.
Introduction: Without any doubt, the greatest thing in all of life is to live our lives for God. The Bible says “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil”. (Ecclesiastes 12: 13 – 14 NKJV). How then can we live our lives for God? The following steps can help us to accomplish this.
Introduction: Jesus declared “I am the light of the world”. Naturally speaking, Jesus did not qualify to call Himself the light of the world because of His humanity but He was so bold to call Himself the Light of the world, the Bread of life and the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus was bold to declare His identity because He knew who He was and so must we. We must be bold about who we are otherwise the world will make us what we are not. In Matt. 5:14, Jesus said to his disciples “ye are the light of the world”. He has left us in the world to shine His light. As Christians, God has called us to do the following.
Introduction: Grace means the free and unmerited favor of God as it’s shown in the salvation of man (Romans 5:8; Titus 3:5-7). Grace is free. It is kindness from God that we do not deserve (Eph. 2:1-6). Knowing Jesus is a supernatural experience. We are divinely chosen or selected by God to know Him and also to have eternal life we don’t merit. Grace is divine assistance for regeneration and sanctification. The grace of God allows us to come into God’s presence without any assistance. By grace are we saved through faith. It is the gift of God and not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph. 2: 8-9).
Introduction: Without any doubt, the greatest thing in all of life is to live our lives for God. The Bible says “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil”. (Ecclesiastes 12: 13 – 14 NKJV). The Bible says in Ps. 139:14 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are unique in every way and one of our uniqueness is that we can think and make decisions.
Introduction: Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude, especially to God. It is the act of giving thanks, grateful acknowledgement of benefits or favors, especially to God. Only God is reliable and dependable. He is the unchangeable changer and the unmovable mover. He is the mountain mover and the one who opens doors. We must always remember to give thanks because this is the will of God for all of us (I Thess. 5:18).
Introduction: One of the most challenging things for us as believers is knowing the mind of God in a particular situation. As this year gradually rolls to its end and as we wait with anticipation to receive the new year, I believe this is the right time to begin to ask God for His plans for us. You do not want to wait until the new year before you begin to ask God for what He wants to do with your life. When we fail to plan, then we are planning to fail.