Contributed on Sep 28, 2020
We are called to be disciples of Jesus which means we are to follow Him and obey Him as Savior and Lord. We must not allow the idea of discipleship to morph into membership, and Christianity to be replaced by "churchianity."
A. Today’s sermon begins a new sermon series on discipleship that I am calling “I Am A Disciple Of Jesus!” 1. I spent some time wrestling with what to call the series. 2. I thought about naming the series “The Discipleship Adventure” or “The Discipleship Journey” – those titles sound inspiring and ...read more
Contributed on Oct 5, 2020
In the call of discipleship that Jesus issued to the first disciples, we learn three important aspects of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and how to answer the call.
A. Italian composer Pietro Mascagni was once irritated by an organ-grinder who stood outside the composer’s apartment playing Mascagni’s own composition at about half the correct speed. 1. Eventually, when Mascagni could no longer stand hearing his composition be butchered in that way, he went into ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2020
Billy Graham used to say: "Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you everything." That is an accurate expression of the teachings of Jesus on the cost of discipleship. In this sermon, we explore what it means to pay the cost of discipleship.
A. I like the old classic joke about the chicken and the pig who were talking about going into business. 1. The chicken says: “Hey Pig, we should open a restaurant.” The pig replies: “I’m not sure, what would we call it?” 2. The chicken answers: “What if we called it ‘Ham and Eggs’?” The pig ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2020
The command of discipleship is found in what we call the great commission. It is the command for all disciples of Jesus to make disciples who will make disciples.
A. I like the story told about a truck driver who was hauling a load of 500 penguins to the zoo. 1. Unfortunately, his truck broke down. 2. He eventually waved down another truck and offered the driver $500 to take the penguins to the zoo. 3. Later that day the first truck driver got his truck ...read more
Contributed on Oct 26, 2020
It is God's will for people to progress through the stages of discipleship from being spiritually dead, to being a spiritual infant, child, young adult, and parent. We must be able to assess where we are and where others are in the process so we all can grow to maturity.
A. I like the story told of the little boy who was confused about something and said to his Bible class teacher: “There’s somethin’ I can’t figger out.” 1. The teacher said, “What is it, Joey?” 2. Joey said, “Well accordin’ to the Bible, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?” a. “ ...read more
Contributed on Nov 16, 2020
Disciples of Jesus must not compartmentalize their lives, but must allow Jesus to be Lord of all the spheres of our lives.
A. Today, I want us to turn our attention back to our sermon series: “I Am A Disciple of Jesus!” 1. Let’s briefly review what we have learned so far. 2. First, we have learned that being a disciple of Jesus involves a lot more than church membership and church attendance. 3. Second, we have ...read more
Contributed on Nov 23, 2020
If we are going to be effective disciples and disciple makers, then our lives and our relationships must be characterized by love. Jesus said that they will know we are His disciples because of our love.
A. Let me begin with a story from the Peanut’s cartoons - you know how much I enjoy the Peanuts! 1. It’s Christmas time and Lucy comes to Charlie Brown and says, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! At this time of year I think we should put aside all our differences and try to be kind.” 2. Charlie ...read more