Summary: Five Men Who Followed Jesus – John chapter 1 verses 35-51 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• The body of missionary and explorer David Livingstone;
• Was buried in Westminster Abbey England in 1874.
• But one part of him was missing!
• His heart was buried in the Africa he loved.
• It was buried at the foot of a tall mpundu tree in a small African village.
• The natives dug a hole & placed in it the heart of this man who they loved & respected.
• They then his embalmed body in a cylinder of bark;
• Which was wrapped in sailcloth and carried their shoulders a thousand miles to the coast;
• It was a nine month march, before it was then sent home to England
• During his life he received a letter form a missions committee;
• They wrote to him saying,
• "Some people would like to join you. What’s the easiest road to get where you are?"
• He replied:
• "If they’re looking for the easiest road, tell them to stay in England.
• I want people who will come, even if there’s no road at all!"
• These men we read about in John chapter 1;
• Are about to discover that following Jesus will not be easy.
• They are about to embark on a journey that would not only change their lives;
• But would also change the world.
This evening we are looking at five men who followed Jesus:
• Five men who became his disciples;
• The term "disciples" occurs 269 times in the New Testament,
• While the term "Christian" only occurs three times.
• We are told that in the Bible book called Acts (chapter 11 verse 26):
• That "The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch”,
• The word “Christian” means “one in whom Christ dwells.”
• Here believers stopped calling themselves “Jews,” “Greeks” and “Gentiles.”
• They took the name of Christ.
• They were Christ-indwelt ones.
• Today in the UK;
• We have kind of made these terms ‘Christian’ & ‘Disciple’ interchangeable.
• We forget or deliberately miss out or skip over the fact;
• That the word disciple demands so much from the person who owns it!
• Note: every disciple is a Christian, but not every Christian is necessarily a disciple!
• A disciple is someone who is committed to,
• And who tries to follow, put into practice the teachings and lifestyle of their master.
Quote: Jonathan Dodson:
“A disciple is rational (learner), relational (family), and missional (missionary)”
Quote: Alan Redpath the late great British evangelist, pastor and author.
"The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment,
but the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime."
• Becoming a Christian, a follower of Jesus may start suddenly;
• Can happen this evening, if you are willing to take a step of faith;
• And invite the living Christ to be your saviour & Lord!
• But the learning process never ends this side of eternity!