Dear Church Family and Friends,
One of the five primary purposes of a church is discipleship. What is discipleship?
According to the web-site, www.gotquestions.org , discipleship is “the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike.”
According to the web-site, www.discipleshiptools.org, discipleship is “modeling and teaching Christians the precepts of the Bible-mainly prayer, doctrine, Christian living, and worship.”
According to the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, the task of a disciple is to “learn, study and pass along the sayings and teaching of the master.”
According to Jesus, discipleship is something that we must not be too quick to promise. A scribe came to Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go,” (Matthew 8:19). Jesus responded to the man, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head,” (Matthew 8:20). Now Jesus had places where He could stay and sleep, such as the house of His friend Lazarus, but He did not own a home or any possessions. This does not mean that we cannot own homes, but it reminds us that we might be called to give up our homes and our possessions as disciples of Jesus.
According to Jesus, discipleship is something that we must not be too slow to respond to. A man came to Jesus and said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father,” (Matthew 8:21). As we will see in the sermon, this man wanted to wait until an opportune time to follow Jesus. So Jesus told him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead,” (Matthew 8:22).
Every Christian is by definition a disciple of Jesus Christ. Are we being the kind of disciples that pleases our Lord and Savior?
May God bless you as you seek to be His disciple.