The Way of a Disciple

In this series we will dive deeply into what it means to be a true Disciple of Jesus Christ.

The Way of a Disciple

Introduction  (January 14, 2018)

Join us as we study what it really means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. This week we will see what the definition of a disciple is and what Jesus says are the defining traits of His true disciples.

John 13:34-35 NKJV

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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The Decision to Become a Disciple of Christ  (January 21, 2018)

A disciple is a follower of the teachings and ways of another. It is not just a mental understanding and study of a subject or way of life but agreement and assimilation of the ways of the teacher, or master. In this case it is Jesus Christ. This week we will discover some of the details of the decision that is required to become a disciple of Jesus.

Luke 9:23-26NKJV

23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

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The Power to Be a Disciple  (January 28, 2018)

Ezekiel 1:26-28ESV

26 And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. 27 And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. 28 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Ezekiel 2:1-2ESV

1 And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” 2 And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 

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The Disciplines of a Disciple – Part 1  (February 4, 2018)

Becoming a disciple of Jesus is not joining a religion. It is not a decision to follow a set of rules, orders or traditions. It is not a club or denomination or particular church membership. Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ is a faith decision to follow Jesus as the Son of God, Savior, and Lord of your life. It is not a religion but a relationship.

We must not mistake the disciplines of a disciple with the relationship of a disciple.

To grow in the knowledge of who He is and how He has created us to live is discipleship. It is relationship.

Our relationship with God is not built on law but love. The disciplines of discipleship are not to be done legalistically but because of love, in love, out of love.

John 15:5-8 NKJV

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

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The Disciplines of a Disciple – Part 2  (February 11, 2018)

Join us this week as we continue our study of the disciplines of a disciple of Jesus Christ. These are the activities that we can make a regular part of our lives so that we can grow and mature to experience the abundant life that Jesus offers us and to prepare ourselves for the glory of eternal life with Him forever.

Join us for worship this Sunday morning at 10:00 and dive deeper into the “Disciplines of a Disciple – Part 2”

John 15:5-8 NKJV
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;”

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Duplication (February 18, 2018)

As disciples of Jesus Christ we have been commanded to go and make disciples. If the thought of sharing your faith makes your heart pound and your palms sweat, this lesson is for you. This Sunday we will learn how witnessing can be a fun, exciting, and natural way of life.

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

An Unlikely Disciple

If we were going to build a winning team – friends, a sports team, a workforce, we would want to find and recruit the best of the best. Jesus didn’t do that. If He were building a “winning team” of men and women for His Kingdom He would have chosen the best of the best. He would have gone to the Temple and chosen the High priest and others, the Pharisee’s and the scribes, maybe the elite wealthy business men like the one where Lazarus sat outside his gate or the rich young ruler. He might have chosen the politically powerful like Herod and even Pilate. But He didn’t. The problem is that these people often have a hard time seeing their need for Jesus. In a worldly sense they have all they need and don’t want to give up what they have to follow Jesus. Those who have much have a hard time seeing their spiritual need. Many trust in riches and more trust in a self-righteousness by being and doing religious or good works.

When Jesus built a team for His Kingdom He went to common uneducated fisherman, the crooked and despised tax collectors, the “out-there zealots”, women and even prostitutes. This is the story of Jesus delivering and making a disciple of maybe the most unlikely of all!

Join us this Sunday for the conclusion of our sermon series on The Way of a Disciple.