The Journey of Discipleship – The Character

2 Peter 1:1-15

 January 23, 2022

A. The “Resource” of Our Character. (vs. 1-4)

Fact: In verse 1, Peter calls himself a “servant” of

          Christ.

      Question: What is a servant?

      Answer:    The word servant (Doulos) means:

          ~ A slave that is totally possessed by the master.

          ~ A slave that exists for his masters interests.

          ~ A slave that is at his masters’ disposal.

          ~ A slave that is totally subservient to the master.

 

The Five Resources that are available to us:

       #1. We have the resource of Righteousness.

       #2. We have the resource of Grace.

       #3. We have the resource of Peace.

       #4. We have the resource of the Holy Spirit.

       #5. We have the resource of the Word of God.

 

B. The “Responsibility” of Our Character. (vs. 5-8)

     Question: What are we to “make every effort to add

                        to our faith” (to be a healthy disciple)?

      Answer:   We are responsible to respond to God’s

                        grace by make every effort to add more

                        of these characters in our life’s:

     #1. We are responsible for our “goodness”. (v. 5)

     #2. We are responsible for our “knowledge”. (v. 5)

     #3. We are responsible for our “self-control”. (v. 6)

     #4. We are responsible for our “perseverance”. (v. 6

     #5. We are responsible for our “godliness”. (v. 6)

     #6. We are responsible for our “love”. (v. 7)

Question: What is Peter saying here?

Answer:    That disciples with character, accept

                   responsibility for their goodness,

                   knowledge, self-control, perseverance,

                   godliness and love.

 

C.) The “Reward” of Our Character. (vs. 9-11)

      ~ 3 Guaranteed Rewards that we will receive.

                        #1. We will be Fruitful: (v. 8)

                        #2. We will be Protected: (v. 10)

                       #3. We will be Welcomed: (v. 11)
 
 
 
 

The Journey of Discipleship – The Cost

Luke 14:25-33
January 16, 2022

 

A. The Brethren Test (v. 26)

     Question: What does Jesus means when He says

                       we can’t be His disciples unless we hate

                        relatives, brethren and our own life?

     Answer:    #1. That no earthly affection must ever

                              come between our love for Christ.

            #2. That no earthly affection must ever be

                   allowed to compete with Jesus.

            #3. That no genuine disciple will allow someone

                   else to detour them in Christian living.

 

Why Not?

Because one of the qualifications of discipleship is to detach yourself from anyone or anything that causes you to compromise your spiritual growth.

 

B. The Bearing Test. (v. 27)

     Question: What does it mean to “bear your cross”?

     Answer: #1. The Greek word for “cross” is

                            (STAUROS), meaning: “Any

                             hardship you encounter in doing the

                             will of God.”

                     #2. The Greek word for “bear”

                            (BASTAZO) means: To endure,

                             receive, carry, take up and bear with

                             joy and without complaint.”

 

Fact:

Put these two words together: Bear and Cross a means:

“To encounter any hardship in doing the will of God with joy and without complaining considering a joy to follow in the steps of Jesus”.

 

Statements of Truth:

#1. Real disciples endure hardship for the cause of Jesus.

#2. Real disciples live with power and grace to be sustained at

      all times.

#3. Real disciples allow the crosses of life to chisel away at the

      flesh and transform the spiritual man or woman.

 

C. The Building Test. (v. 28-30)

     Question: What is Jesus saying to every would be

                       disciple?

     Answer:    That everyone of us are building a

                        house to live in:

    Question: What is Jesus getting at?

    Answer: #1. The builder didn’t count the cost and

                             left it undone.

                      #2. All that saw it, began to mock him.

 

Fact:

Disciples are people who ponder, consider, contemplate, deliberate, weigh it out – this thing of following Jesus.

 

D. The Battle Test. (v. 31-32)

     Question: What is Jesus saying here?

     Answer: The king had to make a decision:

            #1. He was being invaded by the enemy.

            #2. He must decide to fight or surrender.

            #3. He has to consider the consequences of

                  surrendering and the consequences of

                  fighting.

 

Fact:

Verse 31, has four words. “one coming against him”.

 

A Scripture Truth to Live By – Luke 14:33:

    “In the same way, any of you who does not give up

 everything he has, cannot be my disciple.”

 

The Journey of Discipleship – The Call

(Matthew 28:19-20)

January 9, 2022

A Truth that Matters!

We as Christians should reproduce

and share Jesus Christ with others.

 

A. What is a Disciple?
     1. Lets look to the scriptures for direction:

(Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 14:27, 33; John 8:31;

John 13:35; John 15:8; Luke 6:40)

 

A “Disciple” defined from Scripture is:

#1. A person of concrete action, commitment and

      obedience to Jesus.

#2. A person who puts Jesus before themselves and

      their possessions.

#3. A person who is 100% committed to the teachings

      of Jesus.

#4. A person who is growing, fellowshipping, serving

      and reproducing after Christ’s kind.

#5. A person who takes up their cross without

      complaint or feeling cheated.

#6. A person who genuinely expresses love and joy

      towards people.

#7. A person who is totally dedicated to world

      evangelism and bears fruit which glorifies God.

 

Simply this, “A Disciple Is:”

    ~ Upward       – You live to please God in all you do.

    ~ Inward        – You are spiritually growing and

                              healthy on the inside.

    ~ Outward     – You are passionate when it comes to

                              reaching lost people.

 

 

     2. What makes up a Disciple?
         a. A disciple is a Believer. (John 11:25-26 &
                                                                Acts 16:30-31)
         b. A disciple is a Learner. (John 8:31-32 &
                                                              2 Timothy 2:15)
         c. A disciple is a Follower. (Matthew 16:24 &
                                                                    John 13:15)
         d. A disciple is a Witness. (Mark 5:18-19 &
                                                                  1 Peter 3:15)
         e. A disciple is a Reproducer. (Matthew 28:19 &
                                                                   John 15:8)

 

B. Why make Disciples?

     #1. Because Jesus declared that this is the one

           priority (agenda) of the local church.

                                                           (Matt. 28:19-20)

     #2. Because discipleship will overcome temptation

           of superficial people to always scramble after

           the spectacular.

     #3. Because discipleship produces “Healthy

           Christians” who will reproduce themselves in the

           lives of others.

     #4. Because discipleship will ultimately result in the

           population of heaven when time is no more.

 

A Truth to Remember:

“Crowds and events will come and go,

But Disciples will remain!

 

Fact: Evangelism will not produce disciples, but

          discipleship will result in evangelism!

                                                       (Matthew 28:19-20)

 

A Truth to Remember:

“If people do not belong,

before too long they will say so long.”
 
 
 

Looking Forward to a New Year

January 2, 2022
Nehemiah 6:15
 

So the wall was completed . . . in fifty-two days.”

 

Nehemiah and his people were working together to rebuild the walls. Despite much opposition, the walls were completed on schedule due to the commitment of God’s people.

 

A. The Challenge to Rebuild the Walls.

                                             (Nehemiah 2:17-18)

“Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.’ “I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding.’ So they began this good work.”

 

    1. Satan always opposes the work of God.
                                                             (Neh. 6:2)

 

    2. Stability is needed when dealing with
        Problems. (Neh. 6:3)

 

    3. Success comes from doing things with
        Integrity. (Neh. 6:4)

 

B. The Commitment to Follow God’s Guidance.

                                                       (Neh. 6:16)

“When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.”

 

    1. Scriptures were read and Explained.
                                                         (Neh. 8:2-3)

 

    2. The people Understood the scriptures.
                                                          (Neh. 8:8)

 

    3. The leaders relied Totally on God.
                                                          (Neh. 2:17-18)

 

C. The Covenant That Would Not Be Broken.

                                                            (Neh. 9:38)

“In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.”

 

    1. A commitment to the Home. (Neh. 10:30)

 

    2. A commitment to the Church. (Neh. 10:39)

 

“We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the Lord each year the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree”

(Nehemiah 10:35).

LOSING THE STAR

(Matthew 2:1-12)
December 26, 2021

 

A.) Life is a Journey.

      1. Life isn’t systemic or a rut.

 

Fact: It’s a journey, moment by moment, going

          from one place to another.

      2. You see the most important quality to have

           here is openness.

 

Fact: This is what we all need to realize today, that

          there is a journey ahead for all of us, when

          we get saved.

 

B.) Faith is what we exercise in times

      of darkness.

      1. Faith is practice in our journey when we

          can’t see the star.

      2. We spend a lot of our journey in the dark.

 
      3. So we must all learn to wait when the

          star is not shining.

 

C.) At the end of the Journey is Christ.

                                                     (vs. 10-11)

Fact: The reaction of the wise men upon seeing

          the star, shows their expectation to see the

          new born King.

 

Question: Why?

Answer:   Because His birth was confirmed and

                 they knew they were being led by a

                 divine hand.

D.) For the Christian, this should show us:

      #1. He’s there from the start to the finish.

      #2. When you have lost the star, hold on.

 

The Promise of Love

Matthew 1:18–23

December 19, 2021

 

A. WE PREPARE FOR THE BIRTH OF

     SOMETHING NEW.

     1. There would be a sign given to God’s people
         that they had not been forgotten in their sinful
         and broken states, but instead, when they see
         a virgin gives birth to a child, they would see
         the tangible    love of God coming into the
         world to rescue us all. (Isaiah 7:14)
     2. We have two different accounts of the nativity,
          His birth, in Matthew and Luke gospel.

 

Fact: You see, when God is ready to do something

          new, it almost always is a disruption.

 
B. WHEN GOD SHOWS UP, OUR LIVES ARE
     DISRUPTED.
     1. Mary’s life is taking a turn here that she could
         have never expected.

Fact: This disruption comes because of the

          promise that God loves His people so much

          that He would come to dwell with them

          through this humble young girl.

 

Fact: I believe there are two choices that any

          person has when it comes to disruption within

          their life:

                #1. To avoid it or  #2. To embrace it.

 

Fact: Some of us this morning have spent years

          avoiding a disruption that God has been

          trying to use within our lives to birth

          something new.

Fact: Like Mary and Joseph in this story, God is

          wanting to do something through our lives

          that will change the world.

 

      2. Look how Mary responds to God’s disruption
          in Luke 1:34-37.
 
C. WE ALL HAVE NEW-BIRTH EXCUSES.
     1. We all have reasons why God cannot do a
         new work with us.
     2. There are many excuses for why we can’t
         experience new birth.

 

Fact: Look how the angel responded to her excuse

          by saying; “The Holy Spirit will come on you

          and the power of the Most High

          will overshadow you.”

      3. We need to pay attention to Mary’s response
          to the fulfilled promise. Mary’s response is
          surrender. (Luke 1:38)

 

D. WHEN WE SUBMIT TO GOD, HIS PROMISES

     CAN BE FULFILLED IN AND THROUGH US.

     1. Our submission to God has everything to do
         with what we perceive to be our greatest
         need.

 

Fact: The world’s greatest need was the love and

          grace of God.

 

     2. The message of this birth is not intended to 
         change Mary and Joseph’s life, but ours.

 

May we be people who, like Mary, who are eager to say, “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

 

The Promise of Joy
December 12, 2021

Luke 1:8–20, 57–66

 

A. JESUS’S BIRTH IS THE SOURCE OF TRUE JOY.
     1. The book of Isaiah speaks to this coming gift.
                                      (Isa. 40:3–5)

 

Fact: God promises that there will be a time of

          preparation before Christ’s birth.

 

     2. The promise in the Old Testament is that the
          people of God will see this preparation take
          place.
          a. God didn’t want them to miss it because it is
              the signpost for what is to come.
          b. We come across a character in the New
               Testament named Zechariah.

 

Fact: Like any interactions with angels in the Christmas

          stories, the first word given to him is not to be

          afraid.

Fact: A Nazarite Vow was that they would not drink

         alcohol, cutting their hair, or coming in contact

         with dead bodies.

 
B. IT IS A JOY TO PREPARE OTHERS TO
    EXPERIENCE GOD.
    1. One of the greatest joys of the Christmas season
        is the opportunity we are given to prepare the way
        for others to see Jesus for who He really is.

 

Fact: The most joyful people during this time of year

          are the ones who have experienced the hope

          and peace of God in their lives because of their

          trust in Jesus.

 

     2. Zechariah is skeptical of the good news given
         by the angel. (Luke 1:18-20)
         a. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are old, and the
             prospect of having a child was slim.

 

Fact: Because of his unbelief and distrust, he is

          silenced and unable to speak until the time

          comes for John to be born.

 

        b. When the baby is born, there is a familiar
            discussion that takes place. (Luke 1:57-66)

 

Fact: John’s name in the Greek means “graced by

          God” or “Jehovah has been gracious.”

C. OUR JOY COMES FROM THE GRACE OF GOD.