Summary: Jesus made it clear that true disciples forsake all to follow him.
Putting on a uniform does not make you a soldier. Qualifications are made clear for soldiers.
Kevin Ammerman of Indiana was determined to join the military, but at 351 pounds he was turned down from each branch because he was ‘too big.’ He lost 160 pounds, met the requirements and completed basic training in the Army! (Reported by Meena Hart Duerson, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Monday, October 8, 2012).
Putting on a uniform does not make you a soldier.
Sitting in a church does not make you a Christian.
Jesus clearly defined what it meant to be one of his disciples... and those who were not.
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26, ESV)
Christ as Lord.
THREE GOALS for this sermon
1- See the greatness of a God who is worthy of our exclusive worship.
2- Properly understand what it means to be one of Jesus’ Disciples.
3. Evaluate our own relationship with Christ.
I. What Does it Mean to be Christ’s Disciple? (Jesus said that if you do not put him above all else, "you cannot be my disciple," Luke 14:26)
A. A disciple is a Christian
1. Kinds of disciples in the New Testament.
a. "the disciples of Moses" (John 9:28),
b. "the disciples of the Pharisees" (Matt. 22:16)
c. "the disciples of John" (Luke 7:18)
2. We sometimes act as if “discipleship” is an option for more committed believers.
3. But a disciple is a Christian.
4. Aubrey Malphurs writes, The Bible teaches that a disciple is not necessarily a Christian who has made a deeper commitment to the Savior but simply a Christian. Committed Christians are committed disciples. Uncommitted Christians are uncommitted disciples
B. How do we become a disciple?
1. Jesus repeatedly tells us to “believe in him”
a. (John 2:11, ESV) “This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”
b. (John 8:31, ESV)“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,”
c. (John 11:25–26, ESV) “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?””
C. “Disciple” gives way to “Christian” and other descriptions in Acts/ Epistles
1. The exact point in this change is marked in Acts 11:26. “disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”
2. RYRIE: “this may be because a disciple was expected to physically follow his teacher wherever he went, and this meant leaving his family and occupation so as to be able to be with that teacher all the time. After Christ’s resurrection and ascension, this aspect of discipleship was impossible, so the word was used less frequently in the book of Acts, and not at all in the gospels.” (Charles Ryrie, “So Great Salvation,” 104-5).