Sunday June 8st, 2014 – We often place our primary focus on converting people to the faith instead of discipling them in the way Christ commanded. Although conversion is extremely important, being discipled and discipling others is just as critical. We have to embrace our responsibilities to disciple and do life with others so that they may see what true relationship with Jesus looks like.
A good discipler looks like a dad or a mom. Have fun with them, create boundaries, set rules, require submission, teach them the right way. You know what makes a good discipler? The same thing. – Dwayne Terry
INTRO: next week… Father’s Day. Thanks to everyone who helped with vbs. What does a true Christian look like? What sort of Christianity are we bringing people to? Look at how Paul describes it:
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ & I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me & gave himself for me.
These are the marks of a true Christian. This isn’t easy. It’s not understood in a church message or in an evangelistic message, but it is what real Christianity looks like.
TR: The Contrast: Disciplines are an important part of Christianity… I believe in it. It’s fundamental & I’ll preach it!
Putting God first
Acts of service
Building relationships for evangelism – what we’ll do this August…
Christianity becomes a mile wide but only a toe deep.
But Christianity is relational (grieve – Eph 4:30): Mentorship
Submission to community
Christianity is not just taught; It’s caught. Will disciplines alone get us to Gal 2:20?
Parable of the seed (Mat 13)… Some say people get saved & walk away. I don’t think so. I think Lordship is reveled in
relationship with God’s people.
ILL: I have a friend that just planted… He may speak for us soon. 115 people saved in the 1st 8 months. They didn’t stay…
Is that Gal 2:20? Are we saving them to become that? What are those people becoming? True Christians?
TR: The Cure: Embrace your responsiblity to make disciples. (Last week…)
Matt 28:19 – Therefore go & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit,
Discipleship is so critical because it is the means by which God works through His people. (Alan Hirsch)
If I be lifted up…how do you lift Him up? Only worship? No! It’s Him lifted in every area of your life in an observable way.
It’s people that obey Jesus when they don’t want to or their flesh doesn’t want to that are the true disciples. This is seen!
You do not fulfill your commitment to Christ by coming to church on Sunday! Does Gal 2:20 sound like that? You are fulfilling a few commands of worshipping with believers & having people watch over your direction. Giving the 1st of your week… That’s important, but just attending church is like showing up to a safety meeting your job requires & then going home & believing you did your job! The safety meeting is important, but it doesn’t fulfill your responsiblity!
I know you have a routine, but if you aren’t willing to change that to make disciples, you aren’t doing what Jesus called us to do! Christianity is about change.
Begin with men this summer…
CHALLENGE: How many disciples have you made? How does your life make room for it both to be discipled & to make disciples? Change is hard! But if being obedient came naturally, we wouldn’t have to be told by God to do it! Like seeds!
TR: Begin with the cross & continue with the cross.
Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ & I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I
live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me & gave himself for me.
You have to intentionally influence! As you intend to relate, you can’t leave Christ out! Your death to Christ must be clearly seen! This is how it is communicated most effectively. It’s through your life where they observe you obey & not speak ill of people & humble yourself & give what you don’t have. Be willing to show people how you do it.
When were the disciples saved? Is it clear? Probably when Jesus breathed on them after the resurrection, but it isn’t clear. You go out willing to speak like we talked about last week, but without the encumberance of an event-based approach. It’s not about the event. It’s about the surrender of the human heart to Christ! Now, will there be an event? Of course! But we don’t want to emphasize the event at the expense of the lifestyle! Having lots of people come to Christ is NOT the solution. We must begin with revealing the cross to them through our lives & never stopping! This is the goal, so keep it in front of them always, from the first conversation until the last.
Be willing to bring people into your life to bring them into the family of God.
PER: I’ve had people live with me my throughout my adult life. That’s not just a special grace. That is a deliberate effort to
make people a part of my life.
The contrast… One is religion, the other is relationship…
Matthew 23:15 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law & Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land & sea to win a single convert, & when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.
This one celebrates what we have done in our event. Not this one:
Revelation 5:9-10 – And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll & to open its seals, because you were slain, & with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe & language & people & nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom & priests to serve our God, & they will reign on the earth.”
This one celebrates Jesus as Lord! It brings them in the family in discipleship, & relationship how Jesus did His disciples!
Means taking risks with people! You don’t know who your Judas is! You will be surprised who follows through & who does not!
ILL: What makes a good father is what makes a good discipler. He watches over them & attempts to win the heart.