Summary: A critical part of the Way of Jesus platform is to come to appreciate Who Jesus is, and what His attitudes, behaviours and character says about Him. When we know what He is like, we seek to become like him in order to honour His name.
CATM Sermon - January 20, 2017 - The Way of Jesus # 3
“I am Becoming Like Jesus in My Attitudes, Behaviour and Character” John 8:1-11;
Bill, a college student, was a new Christian. According to author Rebecca Manley Pippert, one Sunday he visited a church near campus. He walked in barefoot and was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The service had already started, so he walked down the aisle looking for a seat. Finding none, he sat down cross-legged on the floor-right in front of the pulpit! The congregation became noticeably uneasy.
Then, from the back of the church, an elderly deacon got up and with his cane slowly made his way to the front. Every eye followed him. The minister paused and there was total silence. As the old gentleman approached Bill, he dropped his cane and with great effort lowered himself and sat down beside him so the young man wouldn’t have to worship alone. (Story by Ajai Prakash). There were few dry eyes in the congregation
We’re continuing today on our journey through the markers of The Way of Jesus. This series is, in part, preparation for those of us who will be attending the Way of Jesus Introductory evening on February 15 at 6 pm, here in this space.
Does anyone recall the first marker? “I have begun following Jesus and I am depending on the Spirit of Jesus for my journey” Does anyone remember last week’s marker, the second marker? “I Am Being Sent by Jesus to Bless Others and Invite Them to Follow Him”.
Today’s marker, marker #3 is this: “I am Becoming Like Jesus in My Attitudes, Behaviour and Character”
The Way of Jesus is really all about discipleship. How do you and I live as faithful disciples of Jesus? "Discipleship is not about information but intimacy. It is following a person." Mike Pilavachi
Actual discipleship, being a student of Jesus, is quite specifically following Jesus, the person. The person Who is God. It is submitting myself to His teachings and His authority as God Who has all authority. It is understanding Him as He is. Who he is is admittedly overwhelming. He is God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Maker of everything, the Lover of our souls. And He is our teacher.
What kind of teacher was Jesus? Jesus was a rabbi. He was a rabbi, who like all other rabbis gathered disciples, students, around Him to teach them and to live out for them what it means to love God...And to teach them what it means to live ‘on mission’ - to live a life for God, for His glory and on God’s mission.
What is His mission, as we’ve discussed over the past few weeks?
He was sent by God (John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him). Not to condemn the world but to save it. Because he so loved the world. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. And
(John 20:21 As the Father has sent me, I am sending you).” As He was sent, so He sends us.
It is to live so as to bless others and to invite them to follow Jesus.