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)
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?
A true disciple must change the way they live.
1st week we saw that disciples …
2nd week we looked at how disciples …
fish for men, disciples make disciples, and- follow Jesus w/unquestioning obedience and
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.
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