Summary: This discipleship sermon presents a Biblical approach to how to handle money--tithing is a major theme
TITLE: Who? Me? A Disciple?: HOW TO HANDLE MONEY 012703a
TEXT: Matthew 28:19,20 19Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.
PCC?s MISSION STATEMENT: Our four-fold mission is to: REACH lost people with a more relaxed and contemporary style of evangelism and worship. WIN them to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. TRAIN them to be disciples. And, SEND them on to fulfill their God given mission and ministry.
I. BECOMING A DISCIPLE
A. I?ve been asked, ?Scott, how do you come up with your sermons??
Well usually, I consider a current event, a popular problem, many times one of my own. Then I consider what the Bible says about the thing.
1. But today I am going to begin a ten part series?roughly one a
month, in which I am enlisting the expertise of Harry Ramey to assist. We are going to turn my ordinary process around. Instead of taking our current affairs to the Bible for solace and solutions, we are going to start with the Bible and try to transform our current sate of affairs.
2. I?ve entitled the series, ?Who? Me? A Disciple?? Yes, you are
called and I am challenged to make you a disciple. Harry and I are going to show you from the Bible, what you must do in order to become one.
3. In Greek a disciple is mathetes, math-ay-tes, a learner, who is
expected to become a doer. This series will not just be theoretical, but practical. We want to challenge you to apply what we teach you to your daily lives? (James 1:22) But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.
B. When we ask the question, ?Who? Me? A Disciple?? The follow-up
question also begs to be answered, ?Why me a disciple?? There are several reasons. Let me give you a couple.
1. When you become a disciple?when you grow in your faith?your
life will get better. Jesus said (John 10:10b) I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.
2. Honestly, how many of you would say, could say, ?I have life to the
fullest! I cannot dream of it being any better.? If Jesus statement does not epitomize you?it is likely that you need to submit to discipleship.
3. When you start becoming a disciple, adversity doesn?t magically
disappear, but strength to apply to adversities begins to accumulate in your reservoir. You will have at the ready more of God?s wisdom and strength in order to handle life?s situations more evenhandedly and more even tempered.
4. When you become a disciple, the crises you do face will change.
We bring many crises upon ourselves; do to the fact that we are not discipled. We have no fully submitted and committed our selves to the way God has challenged us to live.
C. I want to begin our series on a discipleship topic that is near and dear
to everyone in this room. The Bible gives us careful instruction regarding how we should handle money.