Summary: In a series of 7 sermons on "the marks of a disciple," this sermon aims to teach the audience from Luke 9:23 what it means to follow Jesus.
The marks of a disciple: part II
• Someone to follow me (sitting close to back or middle)
band of brothers video – the qualities of a leader
We are in a series called the marks of a disciple…
last week – learner
• if there are things in this book that you do not know, and you are not actively seeking to know them, then you are not a disciple
• b/c the moment at which we cease learning, is the moment at which we cease being a disciple.
• Tozer - “When we become Christians we enter the school of Christ.”
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (martyr)
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” - Jim Elliot (martyr)
A disciple is a follower
…of Jesus Christ
Death to agenda, plans and will
I want to dissect this verse together with you this morning. b/c I’ll be very honest, it’s hard to know how to follow someone that you cannot see.
My goal is that when they would leave the service tomorrow morning they would understand the invitation; the task; and the leader.
And I will say to now this is a hard teaching. And many will not accept it. But I believe this… adventurous and romantic… friend from England named Rebecca…
“anyone” is a highly technical Greek term that means “anyone”.
The disciples were ordinary people. Good ole boys. No special gifts or talents or schooling. They were even untrained and uneducated. Most of them smelled like bait…b/c they were fishermen. Jesus didn’t choose them b/c they were politicians or lawyers or doctors or whatever…he chose them b/c they were willing. They were bass masters.
John MacArthur – Twelve ordinary men
“On the contrary, they were all too prone to mistakes, misstatements, wrong attitudes, lapses of faith, and bitter failure – no one more so than the leader of the group, Peter. Even Jesus remarked that they were slow learners and somewhat spiritually dense (Luke 24 (quickview) .25)”
I know there are some people thinking “I can’t do this.” I can’t give stuff up. I’m scared; what if I can’t do it.”
WP: on the mountain trek that we do each summer in Peru with the Summer Peru Project team, you don’t have to be an Olympian; don’t have to be an allstar; don’t even have to be a varsity athlete. You do have to be one thing; there is one requirement to be a soldier in the army of God – to follow the greatest and most powerful leader and commander-in-chief the universe knows, and to be a part of the greatest force that there ever has been, is or will be – the hand of God. there is one requirement: WILLING. …to study (last week), to train, to endure, to walk.
To be a disciple, you do not have to be a pastor, a priest, a youth pastor, a worship leader, a missionary, a LUGhead, a scholar…you don’t even have to be in Beta club. (‘yeah!’)