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The text for this sermon is: Romans 8:28-30. The title of this sermon is: You Were Created For Discipleship. This is week 4 in our series Living On Purpose.
Francis Chan, in his book, Multiply, asks the question: Why do you want to make disciples?
I want you to think about your answer to that question.
First off, we have to be on the same page with what a disciple is. The word disciple means student or apprentice. Being a disciple of Jesus means that you obey His command to follow. The whole purpose of being a disciple of Jesus is this: to imitate Him, carry on His work or ministry, and become like Him in the process.
Why is it so popular today for people to call themselves Christians but their lives look nothing like Christ? That is like saying they are followers who do not follow. Where is the sense in that?
We are both called and commanded to be and make disciples.
You cannot make disciples if you are not one yourself.
From the very beginning, it was always God’s purpose was to make you like Jesus.
- You were made to be like Jesus. Jesus is the exact likeness of God. By conforming to the image of Christ, you are becoming more and more like Jesus and your Heavenly Father.
- You were called to a new life
- The Holy Spirit works in you to produce Christlike character in you
- We are told to make effort in our growth toward becoming like Jesus
Luke 13:24 Strive
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best
Hebrews 12:14 Strive
2 Peter 1:5 Make every effort
Strive: to make every effort to achieve or obtain something.
You have three responsibilities in becoming like Jesus: Ephesians 4:20-24
- You must choose to let go of your old ways
- You must change the way you think
- You must put on the character of Christ by developing new godly habits
You are a disciple. It does not matter what you think. It does matter because this is what God said you are. You are a disciple. You are either a good one or a bad one.
Let’s go back to Francis Chan’s question: Why do you want to make disciples?
How did you answer that question?
Do you want to make disciples?
It’s a yes or no answer.
Nobody wakes up in the morning and says that they want to live in fear. They decide to live in fear because they do not live by faith. They are cowards instead of obeying the command to be strong and courageous.
Likewise, nobody wakes up in the morning and says they don’t want to make disciples. However, how you live determines what you are already thinking. Your thoughts produce your actions.
You don’t have to say it with your mouth because you have already said it in your heart.
If you say that you don’t want to make disciples, you are in willful, blatant rebellion to Jesus, His death on the cross, His resurrection, and the fact that He saved you, and called you to be like Him in all areas of your life.
If you do not want to be a disciple maker, you are either in rebellion or you are not saved.
It doesn’t make much sense to invite people to get into your car if your car never leaves the driveway.
You have to be going somewhere to invite people to go with you. You are on a journey. You are asking people to join you on your journey.
You do not have to be a pastor, evangelist or spiritually mature to make disciples. As you learn and grow, you begin to pour into the lives of others. As you walk, you bring people along with you.
Hebrews 12:29 says. “for God is a consuming fire”
Why do we not look like we are people that have been set on fire?
I believe that by our lack of faith, our lack of boldness, our lack of confidence, we have put the Holy Spirit to sleep.
If you truly want to make disciples, if you truly want to experience the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit in you, if you want to see what God can accomplish in you and through you…
We have to wake up. We have to believe what the Bible says. We have to believe we are who our Heavenly Father says we are. We have to believe that we are called to His purpose.
We must recover faith. We must recover the awe and wonder that we have lost. We must believe that God is holy, amazing, awesome, majestic, wonderful.
There has to be a spark in us before the Holy Spirit can cause it to become a wildfire.
We have to reclaim the flame.
You know what you need to keep a fire going? Air.
I have watched Bear Grylls make hundreds of fires. He is calm and patient. He gathers the kindling and the rest of the materials for the fire. Some fires take longer than others to get started but all he needs is a spark. Then, he blows air and the fire lights.
The Bible says that God is a consuming fire. If we have the Holy Spirit in us, we have the potential for a consuming fire. The Bible also says that the very words of Scripture were breathed out by God.
You need air for a fire.
Heavenly Father, Breathe the same breath of life in us! Breathe on us!
Get your tail in the Word and watch the fire take off.
God created you on purpose, gave you a purpose for His purpose.
Go and make disciples.
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