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Summary: 247 million Americans call themselves Christians yet Jesus calls us to be disciples. What is a disciple and what are the cost and sacrifices to be disciple. (Taken from a series by Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv)

Introduction

War is a horrible business- Iraq/Afghanistan.

If I was president- country w/army- 10,000 men going to war- country w/army of 20,000 men,

I would stop/consider- cost to win such a war.

There would be great lost of life- many would die.

Paul is talking w/Timothy about his walk w/God …

2 Tim 2:3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. NASU

Paul indicates- disciples are soldiers in God’s army and we are in a spiritual battle- real life/death war.

As the president of a country would count the cost to go to war, we must count the cost to be a disciple.

I have been teaching a series on being a Disciple.

What is a disciple?

Lk 14:26-27

A true disciple must change the way they live.

Review

1st week we saw that disciples …

touch lepers,

befriend prostitutes,

offend Pharisees.

2nd week we looked at how disciples …

fish for men, disciples make disciples, and- follow Jesus w/unquestioning obedience and

absolute abandonment.

3rd week we discovered that disciples …

wash smelly feet.

Jesus came to serve … Why are we here?

Are we here to serve or to be served?

4th week we learned- disciples break bread together

A disciple does not just have a personal relationship with Jesus- He has a shared relationship w/Jesus.

We are called to live a shared life together.

Conclude the series this week

If I knew I was going to die and I was asked …

What would be the last thing you would say to the church before your died?

What would I say? Better yet lets look at some of Jesus last words to the church before He died.

Someone recite for me Mtt 28:19- what does it mean?

Mtt 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Go- to travel, to depart, take a walk/journey.

Jesus last words to His disciples … GO OUT.

Much of our Christian church life involves coming into a place and trying to get the world to come.

What Jesus instructed His disciples to do was GO OUT into the world w/message of the Kingdom.

In today’s church language we call that Missions.

Mtt 10:1, 5

Sent Out- set apart or to send out on a mission.

We talked about- difference between the way we use the word Christian/Jesus used the word disciple.

I see a Christian as one who goes a Mission trip.

However a disciple is not one who goes on Mission trip, he is a missionary- a man on a mission.

A disciple might take a mission trip, but the difference is that they see that their life is a mission for God.

The disciple sees the people around him as people to love and share the Kingdom of God with.

Disciples are missionaries …

they are people on a mission

empowered by Jesus,

to take the Gospel into the world, because …

life is not about us.

Rom 15:1-3

1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.

2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

3 For even Christ did not please Himself …

What do these verses mean to us as disciples?

We are SENT ONES!

Two thoughts about Sent Ones …

1. The message they carry is simple


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