We just finished our second installment in our series www.victory last weekend. I am posting my sermon notes last Sunday. Our topic was: Make Disciples.
Matt. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matt. 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
These are the last words that Jesus said.
It speaks of importance.
He did not say: feed the poor, fix your marriage, build houses, build schools and hospitals
But make disciples.
Discipleship starts by having a heart for God and a heart for people.
Discipleship is a way of life. It’s the way they live. Other people see their lives and get attracted by it.
What does that way of life look like?
Matt. 4:19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
A disciple is somebody who follows God, fellowships with believers and fish for men.
Discipleship is relationship. It is impossible to disciple apart from relationships.
Luke 14:27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
• What’s the cost of following Jesus?
Following Jesus is going to cost you. It is not a safe game or little church-ianity.
There was a time when following Jesus would cost you your life. There are, in fact, some countries where persecution is still so severe.
o It may cost you your job, a promotion, maybe relationship with family or friends or even popularity.
FELLOWSHIP WITH BELIEVERS
(done in the context of small groups)
• Jesus started a small group. There was even a Judas in his group so don’t expect to have perfect members.
Why are people sometimes not willing to be discipled?
• Imperfect people
• I don’t like the people in the group.
• Fear of opening up
• Lack of time and resources
• Added responsibility
• Fear of being controlled and manipulated
Benefits of being discipled in a group:
• Easier to talk in small group than big group.
• You realize that others face similar circumstances.
• Use of gifts to minister to others
• Encourage others to grow in faith.
• Hold each other accountable and pray for one another.
• Can help one another in tough times.
• Friendship can start.
FISH FOR MEN
Jesus loves the lost. He will seek and save the lost.
ILL. If you were to disciple 1000 a year, within 36 years you’ll have 36,000.
But if you teach everyone to make one disciple each then maybe in 36 years we would evangelize the world. That is if we all do our job.
MAINPOINT: FOLLOW JESUS AND HELP OTHERS FOLLOW HIM.
2Tim. 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
Many people all over the world was impacted in one way or the other by the ministry of Billy Graham. Who impacted Billy Graham? Billy graham found Christ in a revival meeting led by Mordecai Ham. How did Mordecai Ham know Christ? He met the risen Christ through a revival meeting led by Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday was led to the Lord in a revival meeting by J. Wilbur Chapman. Who discipled J. Wilbur Chapman? It was D.L. Moody. But who influenced D.L. Moody? It was a Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball.
You don’t know whom you will reach. You just have to be faithful in discipling people.
Jesus’ words still keeps on ringing in my ears – Go and make disciples.