Summary: Traits of a focused Christian- discipleship
Traits of a focused Christian part three
We have been in a series called Traits of a focused Christian.
We have looked at three traits so far.
Trait #1- Joy
The joy of serving God
Joy of having a relationship with God.
“Making my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being in one spirit.”
Trait #2- Attitude of Christ
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ.”
Loving the things that Jesus loves.
Realizing that no church is perfect.
Knowing that God is working on all of us- none of us have arrived yet.
Trait #3- Worship
There is corporate worship that all of us need. We need each other and we need to worship together where God can bless us as we worship Him.
The need to worship individually. (prayer, praising.)
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people; and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
I believe church is give and take and show and tell.
You begin to come to church to get and eventually you should be giving back. Showing the love of God and telling people of God’s love.
If you don’t tell people about Jesus who will?
Every day God is working on people.
Every day He desires for us to come into a relationship with Him and desires to take us deeper with Him.
That is where we pick it up today- the 4th trait is being a disciple.
Being a disciple
We ended last time with me asking us to be in prayer before the service on Sunday (Sat) being in prayer the morning of service (early Sunday) and just before we come together in the sanctuary. (10:45) Praying that God would do something amazing! Asking Him to allow our hearts to be tender and sensitive and open and ready to receive what He has for us.
Coming with right attitude, anticipation, joy in our heart.
Ready for worship
How many remembered to do that? You have to be intentional.
Discipleship is very much a part of a Christian’s life.
Most people think discipleship is the telling of Jesus to others. That is a bye product of a heart serving God because we are disciples.
Disciples are followers of Christ, one who accepts the teachings of Christ and desires to be learning more.
Discipleship is the process of learning! We are told by the Lord to always be learning and then spreading His teachings.
That is why it doesn’t matter if you are a new believer or a seasoned Christian, you should be putting yourself in a position to be learning the teaching of Jesus.
“Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? As for anyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid a foundation on rock. When a flood came the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Discipleship is the building of a foundation on Christ the rock. (Repeat)
Matt 7- “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Those are scary words, not because Jesus desires to keep us out of heaven, but because we have to make sure our hearts are right with God.”
Jesus goes on to say- “I never knew you” what did he mean by that? Of course He knows us. He knows everything about us.
Note their claims to Jesus
We prophesied in your name.
We cast out demons in your name.
We did signs and wonders in your name.
Because they did it for the wrong reasons.
They did it for self and not for the Lord.
It tells us that doing miracles does not necessarily mean that God is approving of the person that is doing the miracle.
Ministers who have done great things for the kingdom of God and then sin revealed in their lives.
Balaam, and God using Balaam’s donkey.
The sons of Sceva, Acts 19
Jesus calls us to follow Him.
When we make that decision to follow, we become disciples.
Disciples follow the teachings of Jesus and spread the teachings of Jesus.