Friday, April 29, 2016

Guatemala Updates and Links

I'm posting here as well as in a couple of other different places the link to Jan's Photo blog where you'll be able to see picture updates and comments of the Guatemala Mission Trip.  I'll also post on this blog site as well.

Jan's Photo Blog Site

We hope you enjoy the journey!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Master's Design of Discipleship Part 1 and 2

Sermon Series: The Master's Design of Discipleship
Sermon Title: The Call of the  Disciple
Sermon Text: Matthew 4:18-22

I. The Call of the Disciple

GREEK: 1. DEUTE, DEURO - come now, follow urgently
            2. MANTHETES, MANTHANO - learner, pupil, to increase in knowledge by practice and use

A. To Follow  Matthew 4:1
B. To Learn  Matthew 5:1-2
C. To Know  John 10:14, 14:9       

10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me

14:9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

II. The Characteristics of the Disciple

The Disciple:
A.  Settles the Matter of Lordship  Luke 9:23, Romans 10:9

23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

B.  Desires to be Obedient Luke 6:46

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

C.  Commits to Persist/Endure   Matthew 10:22, Rev 2:26

22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

D.  Adopts the Posture of a Learner  Matthew 11:29

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

E.  Practices the Habits of the Master 
- prays to the Father - Luke 5:16  But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
- studies and loves the word - Matthew 4:4 Man does not live on bread alone...
- desires the will of the Father - Luke 22:42  "Not my will but thine."
- has compassion for the crowds and the lost - Matt 9:36, 14:14
9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

- embraces the necessity of Servanthood  Matthew 20:26-28

26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”