March 31, 2019

Digression out of Mark and unpack discipleship a bit more

Passage: Acts 11:19-26
Service Type:

Followers of Jesus were first called Christians at Antioch

Discipleship: (being a disciple of Jesus)

Learning (starts as gathering facts, counting the cost. The Devil believes all the facts about Jesus but remains opposed to Him)

Trust (absolute full and total commitment to Jesus as the only way to live. "Boots and all")

Growth. Our lives should continue to grow in Grace. We do live in a fallen world and have "ups and downs" but an upward trend. To become more like Jesus with His lovely character shining through (fruit of the Spirit).

Bear much Fruit. This is evidence that you are my disciples and glorifies Me.

Who should we disciple? Deut 6 Impress these things on your children.

Family (Model what it is to love Jesus)

Church community (local and all other believers of all backgrounds. 2 Tim 2:2)

Wider community (unbelievers)

Out there and over there (Evangelism) Matt 28:19-20

As we model life in Jesus, people will ask us for the reason for the hope that we have.