Summary: Discipleship - The Cost of Following Jesus. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). Decision (verse 57-58):
(2). Delay (verses 59-61)
(3). Determination (verse 61-62)
• On a wall near the main entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas,
• Is a portrait with the following inscription:
• "James Butler Bonham--no picture of him exists.
• This portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased,
• Who greatly resembled his uncle.
• It is placed here by the family that people may know the appearance of the man
• Who died for freedom."
• No literal portrait of Jesus exists either.
• But the likeness of Jesus the Son needs to be seen in each one of us!
• A disciple is one who follows, embraces, copies, reflects;
• And acts like their master.
• The New Testament word used for “disciple” is the Greek word ‘mathetes’;
• And it means ‘learner’.
• In other words, disciples are people who LEARN to be like Jesus in character;
• And learn to behave like Jesus in their conduct.
• “It's been said, 'A student learns what his teacher knows,
• But a disciple becomes what his master is.”
• When Wycliffe Bible translator Doug Meland and his wife;
• Moved into a village of Brazil's Fulnio Indians,
• He was referred to simply as "the white man".
• The term was by no means complimentary,
• Since other white men had exploited them, burned their homes,
• And robbed them of their lands.
• But after the Melands learned the Fulnio language;
• And began to help the people with medicine and in other ways,
• They began calling Doug "the respectable white man".
• When the Melands began adopting the customs of the people,
• The Fulnio gave them greater acceptance and spoke of Doug as "the white Indian".
• Then one day, as Doug was washing the dirty, bloodcaked foot of an injured Fulnio boy,
• He overheard a bystander say to another:
• "Whoever heard of a white man washing an Indian's foot before?
• Certainly this man is from God!"
• From that day on, whenever Doug would go into an Indian home,
• It would be announced: "Here comes the man God sent us."
• One great writer on discipleship put it this way:
• “Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you”.
• Doug Meland and his wife were genuine disciples;
• Because the acted and became like Jesus to those Fulnio Indians,
• Being a disciple encompasses more than just asking Christ into our lives,
• And goes far beyond baptism and Church membership.
• These events are simply the beginning of our new life in Christ and not the end.
• We are saved to know God, to enjoy God and to serve God daily!
• And by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus day by day.
• There is an urgency about these verses in Luke chapter 9:
• Jesus is constantly on the move;