Summary: Part six of a six part series. Discipleship and Fellowship.
The foundational verses for this series on the seven arrows of obedience is Psalm 127:4 and I Sam. 15:22
A powerfull warior of God always walk’s in obedience Psalm 127:4
To obey is better than sacrifice. I Sam. 15:22
1) Pastor Gomez used a real bow and arrow and shot it at a target about 40 feet away to demonstrate that there is a process and God has given us all the tool to be succesful in obeying Him)
1). The bow represents the power of the Holy Spirit operating in our lives.
2. The sights on the bow represent vision.
3. The arrows represent the purpose of God.
4. The quiver where the warrior keeps the arrows represents the heart where the purposes of God are kept.
2). If we want our arrows to hit the target of obedience, there are four things we must do;
1. Practice discipling new believers and fellowship with the brethren.
2. Work hard at discipling others and getting together with those in the faith.
3. Be determined to disciple at least one new convert a year.
4. concentration on the target,Don’t let anything distract you from spending time with other believers. (obedience)
"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and mmany wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and nhad all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and odivided them among all, as anyone had need.
So continuing daily with one accord qin the temple, and rbreaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And sthe Lord added 8to the church daily those who were being saved.
Three elements appear:
Question: Can I be a Christian without joining the church?
Answer: Yes, it is possible. It is something like being:
· A student who will not go to school.
· A soldier who will not join an army.
· A citizen who does not pay taxes or vote.
· A salesman with no customers.
· A seaman on a ship without a crew.
· An author without readers.
· A tuba player without an orchestra.
· A parent without a family.
· A football player without a team.
· A scientist who does not share his findings. A bee without a hive.
“Everybody has a reason for staying home from church”
• Some people think a 30-minute sermon is too long, so they substitute a 300-column Sunday paper.
• The reason why people miss church when it rains is the reason why we have church. So that people get wet.
• Wanted: Men, women and children to sit in slightly used pews Sunday morning—Saratoga Congregational Church.
—In “Wanted” section of St. Charles, Minnesota, Pres
A certain congregation had dwindled in size so much that when the minister said “Dearly Beloved,” the maiden lady in the front row thought he was proposing.
Luke 14:25-33 says; Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me land does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, myes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And if he does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you pdoes not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
· A “disciple” is a learner, one who attaches himself or herself to a teacher in order to learn a trade or a subject. Perhaps our nearest modern equivalent is “apprentice,” one who learns by watching and by doing.
· The word disciple was the most common name for the followers of Jesus Christ and is used 264 times in the Gospels and the Book of Acts.