The Design for Discipleship
1 Kings 19:19
We begin tonight a brand new series on the miracles of Elisha. Elisha is one of the lesser known prophets in the bible but certainly but one of less importance. And there is a great, great benefit and blessing for us in studying the life and ministry of the man called Elisha because he is the prophet of abundant life. And abundant life is God's plan for me, and abundant life is God's plan for you. And the Lord Jesus Christ said in John the tenth chapter and the tenth verse, ''I have come that you might have life and that you might have it abundantly.''
What is abundant life? Well, abundant life is life where all of your needs are being met. But, more than that, abundant life is where you have enough to bless others. But only are you a blessed, to, or not only do you receive a blessing but you are a blessing. And the abundant life that Jesus was talking about there was not just life out yonder in the future in the sweet by and by. It is abundant life right now in the nasty now and now. I mean, everyday, every way in all things we are to be having victory in and through Lord Jesus Christ. And how tragic it is, I say, how tragic it is that so many who are the members of this church and so many Christians around the world are not living the abundant life because it is a negation of the life and purpose and work of Jesus who came that we might have life and have it abundantly. Jesus came to add years to our life and life to our years that we might have life and that we might have it abundantly.
I've said already and I reiterate that the life of Elisha is an illustration and a lesson for us on the abundant life. And the abundant Life begins with a life of discipleship. And so, tonight our title for our message is THE DESIGN FOR DISCIPLESHIP, DESIGN FOR DISCIPLESHIP. First Kings chapter nineteen and I begin reading in verse nineteen. First Kings chapter nineteen and verse nineteen. ''So he departed then ...
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