Summary: A Sermon Examining The Importance Of Evangelism & Discipleship.
Pass It On Down
Most family dynasties don't last beyond the third generation in the business world. But the Ford family's fifth generation -- the great-great grandchildren of Ford Motor founder Henry Ford -- now are among the ranks of the company, according to The Wall Street Journal. This means that there have been five generations of Ford's involved in that business. And it all started with Henry 114 years ago in 1903. (Source) http://www.autonews.com/article/20130701/OEM02/307019967/at-ford-5-from-gen-5-in-the-family-business-of-great-great-granddad
The reason that his family is still involved over a century later is because each generation invested in the next generation.
You may not have inherited a business, but maybe you have received some "family heirloom". Perhaps you inherited a certain possession that holds financial value or sentimental value that has been passed down from generation to generation. Some of you may have intentions of passing down something special to your children or grandchildren. There is nothing wrong with handing down material possessions. But understand this, one day those material possessions will pass away. Jesus warned us not to store up material goods that would rust and rot. He encouraged us to store up treasures in Heaven. And I hope that you are doing just that.
But I want you to understand that we can leave behind something special here on earth. Each of us should leave behind a legacy of faith. In order for us to do this, we must live our lives investing in others. Not only do we have this opportunity, it is our responsibility. How can we leave behind such a legacy? This process involves evangelism and discipleship.
- I would like to look at this passage of scripture and consider the simple thought "Pass It On Down".
In order to pass down a legacy of faith, we must be involved in the process of discipleship. Understand that discipleship is more than just evangelism. Discipleship involves evangelism, but it is not evangelism alone. Discipleship involves evangelism, teaching, fellowship and accountability.
This is modeled in Jesus' relationship with His Disciples. - Jesus called those 12 men to "follow Him" . He revealed Who He was unto them. They recognized Him as the Messiah and followed Him. (This was evangelism.)
For more than 3 years, Jesus never ceased to teach them. They were present for the Sermon on the Mount... the Olivet Discourse and many other sermons. They also were blessed to receive personal instruction from Jesus away from the crowds. (This was teaching.)
As they traveled they broke bread together (often). They spent precious time together. They developed a closer and deeper relationship with Jesus.(This was fellowship)
There were also times when Jesus had to rebuke His disciples. Do you remember the times when He looked at them and said "O ye of little faith". Or that time when He looked at Peter and said "get thee behind me Satan"? (This was accountability)
This discipleship model was also seen in Jesus' relationship with Paul, and that is where I would like to begin to examine this journey of discipleship today.