Saturday Sermon: Jesus called us to be disciples
Jesus in Matthew 4:19, 9:9, 19:21 and in the commission in Matthew 28:18-20 tells the disciples to go and tell the good news and to baptize those who accept Christ and then teach or make disciples out of those followers, make mature believers to follow only Jesus.
God's invitation to respond to his call is to become disciples of Jesus.
A disciple is one who follows with adherence to the teacher's faith, and that is the uncompromised word of God. To promise people salvation without discipleship cheapens the gospel. There is not genuine Christianity without discipleship. The true disciple of Jesus is a follower, learner, doer and a cross bearer.
A true disciple forsakes all to follow only Jesus. Luke 14:33 says, "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath cannot be my disciple."
Too many people have too many idols and demons in their lives to follow Christ.
Self love prevents folks from forsaking the love of self and things to be a real disciple.
Many sit on pews as church members following another kind of discipleship. The person who becomes a disciple of Jesus Christ burns his bridges behind him; there is no turning back.
Luke 9:62 says, "And Jesus said unto him, no man having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God." A true disciple of Jesus never quits learning. A true disciple has God's nature in his spirit.
John 13:34-35 says, "A new commandment I give you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
Luke 14:26-27 tells us about a love issue. If you love yourself, family etc. more than Jesus, you cannot be his disciple. If you do not bear your cross and follow Jesus, you cannot be his disciple.
Matthew 20:22 asks, "Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?"
Jesus is talking about sacrificing your will to surrender to God's will.
The way to discipleship is costly. The way to being just a church member is convenient Christianity, or is church membership Christianity at all? Do you really know for sure if you are one of Christ's disciples? To whom do you follow?
John Fisher is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Point Comfort.