Discipleship: Walking the Path to Maturity

Welcome back to the Blog. This is a discipline that I wish to improve upon. It is fitting to restart the blog with our latest sermon series. Over the last several months we have been going through the book of Acts and focusing on how the 1st century church became the church and what that means and looks like for us to become a church that our world so desperately needs today. However, to corporately become the church it calls upon each of us to become true disciples of Christ. For this series I created an acrostic of the word “Disciple”. Each week we will take a letter and break it down scripturally.  If you miss a week in person or if you are following us online, you have two options for catching up. You can listen to an audio version on the “Sermons” tab one this site. Also, you can now watch on Sunday morning live and or wacth it later from our you tube channel, Please follow this link and subscribe. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFUpfQS2gWQewbj1OELhlA
 
“The Nature of a disciple: Devoted – Luke 9:23-27
Luke 9:23–27 (ESV) 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
 
When we think about the nature of our discipleship, we must first be devoted on an unprecedented level. In a word, our devotion must be TOTAL. 
Consider this:

Big Picture:

Discipleship is a loving response to the sacrifice of Christ.  

  1. It takes a denial of self
  2. It takes daily disciplines
  3. It takes a Servants heart

 

2 Corinthians 5:15 (ESV) 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Take it Home:

  • Consider the true purpose of your life
  • Consider what it means to walk as Christ did
  • Daily commit yourself
  • Serving is a choice
  • Serving is an attitude
  • Serving is the Christ like thing to do

Christ desires us to live an others focused life, a sacrificial life. To pick up ones cross means to give of yourself.

Matthew 20:28 (ESV)

28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

It means:

  • Choosing to love when it is not given back
  • Choosing to help when you get nothing in return except for grief
  • Being kind, when you know you are being used.
  • Do it as you would do to Christ
 
The Nature of a Disciple: Intentional –Philippians 2:1-16

For a disciple belief affects life. God created us as relational beings. We can classify our relationships in three areas God, Brothers and sisters in Christ, Lord willing future brothers and sisters in Christ.

Big Picture:

Our lives are to be a picture of the Gospel.  

  1. What is your defining purpose?
  2. Is your attitude Christ-like?
  3. Is your conduct Christ-like? 

 

Philippians 1:27 (ESV)

27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
 
The depth of our discipleship is determined by our love for God, Our loved for people is also dependent on the depth of our love for God.

At the foundation of our lives should be:

  • the love of Christ
  • fellowship of the Spirit
  • affection
  • compassion
  • Joy

Paul here calls the body to intentionally:

  • Be of the same mind
  • Be of the same love
  • United in Spirit
  • Intent on one purpose
This type of discipleship calls for us to yield to work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and to follow Christ completely!
 
We are in this together!
Pastor Mike

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