Summary: Considering those who are wholly devoted to the cause of Christ!
Disciples Of Christ
Sermon # 4 - Faithful Disciples Of Christ
Today is sermon #4 in a series of 5 sermons about Disciples of Christ. 3 weeks ago we examined the life and tragic end of a man named Judas. In his story we saw a picture of “False Disciples” Then we saw the story of a man named Joseph of Arimathaea who was described as a “secret disciple” in a sermon about “Fearful Disciples” Last week we examined the story of Simon Peter and his denial of Christ and preach on the subject of “Fallen Disciples Of Christ” Today we will look at “The Beloved Disciple” John. The Apostle John is one of the greatest characters that we will read about in the Word Of God.
In the past few weeks we have seen several examples of what not to do! We have witnessed the errors of Judas, Joseph & Peter. Today we do not have a perfect example of a disciple of Christ, but we do have a positive one. John along with his brother James were the “Sons of Thunder” John was a fisherman by trade. John was influenced by the ministry of John The Baptist. John was sought out and called by Jesus Christ to be a disciple
I would like to look at some of the highlights from John’s life and consider the thought “Faithful Disciples Of Christ”
The first thought that I would like to consider is:
I. Faithful Disciples Are Surrendered - Matthew 4:21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
John didn’t just “accept” Jesus as the Messiah. He surrendered his life to Him!
Jesus would later explain the surrender involved in a true disciple’s life “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”. Matthew 16:24
A. He left his job - He was a fisherman. This was his profession.
B. He left his family - John & his brother James left the family business. They went away and left their daddy with broken nets in his hand.
C. He left his home - Following Jesus brought much uncertainty. It was un-chartered territory for these men. It was a risk that took them out of their comfort zone.
Becoming a faithful disciple begins with SURRENDER! I believe that this is why we see so few “faithful disciples of Christ” You must understand that there is more involved in the Christian walk than simply “accepting Jesus as Savior” You, like John must fully surrender yourself to Jesus!Being a faithful disciple will require you to step out of your comfort zone.
1) It may require you to leave some things behind - “Deny yourself”
2) It may require you to lift some things up - “Take up your cross daily”
3) It may require you to live some things out - “Follow Jesus”