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The Making of a Disciple (3 of 33)
Series: Behold the Lamb
Ernest L. Easley
As you well know... this is Disciple Now Weekend here at First Baptist Church. Beginning Friday night... our students have been learning what it means to be a disciple... a follower of Jesus Christ. And on behalf of our church...I want to thank those who have served as Leaders for this weekend.
Well... on this Sunday morning of Disciple Now... I want to invite you to join me in the gospel according to John. And once there... find chapter 1. John's purpose for writing this book is found in Chapter 20.31, ''but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.''
That is John's purpose! ''...that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, that that believing you may have life in His name.''
But the theme of his book is found in chapter 1.29, ''The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.'''
Now last week together we were introduced to John the Baptist... the wilderness preacher. Now don't get John the Baptist mistaken for being the author of the John's gospel.
The John who wrote this gospel was John, the son of Zebedee whose brother was James. Those two brothers...James and John... were referred to as ''Sons of Thunder'' back in Mark 3.17. Don't you know that it was exciting growing up in their home! ''Sons of Thunder'' create all kind of images in my mind.
Now I know what some of you students would say. You would say that the expression, ''Sons of Thunder'' wasn't a reference to the boys... but a reference to their Father: Sons of Thunder... as though their Father Zebedee was the Thunder and that they were just the sons.
Well... if you've ever had sons... you never have ''just sons.'' Well... this morning we begin reading John's gospel in chapter 1.35 where we read about ''The M ...
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