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Summary: The closer we are to Christ, the closer a disciple we are.

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INTRODUCTION

-Q: What do you think of when you think of the disciples in scripture?

-We likely think of twelve guys

-Q: What was Jesus’ last command to his followers?

-Matthew 28:19

-It wasn’t a matter of making converts

-That’s God’s job

-Our job is to take those that He has changed and help them continue the process of becoming all that God would have them to be

-In actuality, even As we are discipling others, we are still disciples

-The learning never ends, or at least shouldn’t

-Christ ministered to many people during the three years of His ministry on earth

-His goal was to make disciples of them

-A disciple is simply a follower or pupil of a teacher, leader or philosophy

-In essence, anyone who learns from the words of another would be a disciple of them

-Tonight, we are going to see 5 different groups of people that Christ ministered to in scripture

-The goal will be for you to determine which group you most identify with

-We see the first two groups in Luke 6:17

I. Multitude

-Luke 6:19

-Feeding Of The 5,000

-These would be those who are curious in Jesus

-They think His words are intriguing

-They think His actions are amazing

-Yet, they are not personally moved by them

-They are not even sure they believe them

-They doubt their validity

-They pick and choose what they want to believe is truth

-Relativism

-The worst and most insidious lies are those that contain just a shred of truth

-We see the multitudes still today in the modern church

-Crusades

-Megachurches

-You can get lost in a megachurch

-The multitudes are simply curious about Jesus

-For some, that curiosity turns into belief which leads them into the next grouping

II. Crowd

-These are those who see the truth of Jesus

-But have not chosen to follow Him

-They go to hear Him speak whenever He is in town

-Auditing A College Course

-There are many reasons they do so

-Because they have a heart for the truth

-Because they have a need

-Because they are fearful

-Of their circumstances

-Of their deserved punishment

-This is where many altar seekers fall

-They are too busy with their daily lives to follow Him

-Let me bury my dead

-Jesus said, “Let the dead bury the dead”

-Let me look at my new field

-Let me spend time with my new wife

-These people today would say such things as

-I have family activities to tend to

-My job won’t let me be active for the Lord

-I want to enjoy life while I have the energy to do so

III. Disciples So-Called

-There are 70 + in this group

-Luke 10:1

-These are those who follow Jesus to a certain extent

-But not all the time

-They are “Part-Time Disciples”

-The problem here is, they choose when to follow and when not to

A. They follow when convenient

1. If they have nothing else to do

-Which is seldom

2. If it is on their way

B. They follow when convicted

IV. Apostles

-12

-Luke 6:13

-These are the ones we often associate as being disciples

-But, as we have already seen, they were not the only disciples

-There was something special about them

-We read about them consistently through the gospels and beyond

-The reason is this: these are those who have left all to follow Christ


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