Summary: When we consider the subject of discipleship we are prone to think, "I am like the disciples and need someone to help me be like Jesus" However, we need to think, "Jesus wants me to be like him and help others to be more like him"
Sermon Notes January 25, 2015 FBCam
Jesus Christ: Disciple-Maker
Today we begin a series titled “Jesus Christ: Disciple-Maker.” This title is taken from a book on discipleship written by Bill Hull. The sermons in this series are:
How Jesus Made Disciples (Today’s sermon)
What is a Disciple?
How Can I Make Disciples?
How Can the Church Make Disciples?
The Components of a Disciple-Making Small Group
What do you think of when we talk about discipleship?
There are three figures that we consider.
JESUS His DISCIPLES And ME
We are prone to think, “I am like the disciples and need someone to help me be like Jesus”
However, we need to think, “Jesus wants me to be like him and help others to be more like him”
PETER reminds us “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21, ESV)
PAUL reminds us “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1, ESV)
JOHN reminds us “By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is - so also are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17, ESV)
JESUS “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:15, ESV)
JESUS “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29, ESV)
So instead of thinking of ourselves of the disciples looking for a “Jesus” in our lives to disciple us, we ought also to think of ourselves as Jesus, looking for others who will also become disciples.
This concept is exactly what Jesus meant when he gave his disciples (and us) the Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19–20, ESV)
What did the disciples think Jesus meant when he said, “Go and make disciples?”
When he spoke this command, Jesus had just spent 3 ½ years with them! Their only filter to which interpret his command was the extended example that he provided through his relationship with them. This is how they understood his command to “make disciples.” Basically, Jesus was telling them to go out and to do for others the very same thing that he had done for them.
If we want to understand how to make disciples, we must examine the EXAMPLE of Jesus in the way that he made disciples!
One way to do this is to START at the BEGINNING and look at Christ’s relationship with his disciples chronologically.
This was foundation of a monumental work on the discipleship methods of Jesus written in the 1800's by A.B. Bruce in “The Training of the Twelve”
I decided to look at the things that way that Christ taught his disciples.