We need to REDEFINE the term.
“Disciple” – same root as word which has as one of it’s meanings’ training that develops self-control and character .
Maybe we should think about the word ‘APPRENTICE’ – an apprentice is someone who works under the supervision and direction of another – they are not just learning/ they are doing.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A DISCIPLE?
THE GREEKS WERE DISCIPLES OF PHILOSOPHY.
THE PHARISEES WERE DISCIPLES OF PROCEDURES.
THE ZEALOTS WERE DISCIPLES OF PROTEST.
THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST WERE DISCIPLES OF A PERSON.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Discipleship means adherence to Christ…An abstract Christology, a doctrinal system, a general religious knowledge on the subject of grace or on the forgiveness of sins, render discipleship superfluous…Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.
WHAT IS GOD LOOKING FOR IN A DISCIPLE?
A true follower of Christ will not be satisfied with just being saved and having a home in heaven. A Christian has…
an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with the person of Jesus Christ.
a PERSONAL PURSUIT of Christ.
a TEACHABLE SPIRIT and hunger for righteousness.
TO BE A DISCIPLE, I NEED TO SEE MY POTENTIAL.
You have potential for GOOD because of Creation.
You have potential for EVIL because of the Fall.
You have potential for GROWTH because of the Holy Spirit inside of you.
You have potential to MAKE AN ETERNAL IMPACT because God has saved you for HIS glory.
You have potential because of YOUR TALENTS, ABILITIES, EDUCATION, BACKGROUND, TRAINING.
You have potential because of WHO YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU’VE BEEN.
You have potential because YOU ARE A PART OF A CHURCH BODY
COMMITTED TO MORE THAN CASUAL CHRISTIANITY.
TO BE A DISCIPLE, I NEED TO GAIN GOD’S PERSPECTIVE.
(A) When Simon Peter met Jesus – it wasn’t an accident/coincidence.
(B) When Jesus spoke to Simon Peter it wasn’t a superficial conversation.
F.B. Meyer, “Now and again there is a dash of extra sweetness poured into life’s cup – some special deliverance; some unlooked-for interposition; some undeserved and unusual benediction – sent apparently for no other object than to satisfy God’s passion for giving…
“With Him, the calf is always the fatted calf; the robe is always the best robe; the joy is unspeakable; the peace passes understanding; the grace is so abundant that the recipient has all-sufficiency for all things, and abounds in every good work. There is no grudging in God’s benevolence.”
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE REPEATEDLY FAILED TO REACH MY POTENTIAL AS A DISCIPLE?
Account in Luke 5 – Peter was doing what he did best – fishing. Jesus used the moment to teach Peter a spiritual lesson. Peter thought he knew more about fishing than Jesus.
What lessons do we need to learn if we are going to reach our potential?
OBEDIENCE IS THE KEY TO LEARNING.
DON’T BE SURPRISED BY POP TESTS.
ASK GOD FOR A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF CHRIST.
LEARN TO ADMIT WHEN YOU BLOW IT.
ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU A PURPOSE BEYOND WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING.
DON’T HOLD BACK.