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By Embracing Discipleship (5 of 8)
Series: Growing Strong
I. THE CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP
A. CALLED TO BE LIKE HIM IN HIS DISCIPLINE
B. CALLED TO BE LIKE HIM IN HIS DISCERNMENT
C. CALLED TO BE LIKE HIM IN HIS DEVOTION
II. THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
A. THE MARK OF A DISCIPLE IS CROSS-BEARING
B. THE METHOD OF CROSS-BEARING
1. TAKE OFF THE OLD SELF AND PUT ON THE NEW SELF
2. DEVELOP THE HABITS THAT WILL MAKE YOU LIKE CHRIST
C. THE CROSS OF A DISCIPLE
1. CHRIST IN THE CENTER
2. TIME IN GOD'S WORD
III. THE COMMITMENT TO DISCIPLESHIP
A. A PERSON TO PLEASE
B. A PRICE TO PAY
C. A PLAN TO PURSUE
D. A PRIZE TO POSSESS
This morning we are looking a Luke 14:25, and I know at this time of the year as we think about our graduates, we think about role models. We think about what it takes to be a success in life as they go out from this point to be successful. The greatest success story in the Bible is that of Jesus.
Jesus was the most successful man who ever lived because you define success as knowing the Will of God and doing the Will of God. Jesus is the only person who has lived who did the Will of God perfectly. So, He is the greatest role model that we could possibly have.
Today, as we talk about growing strong in this series on how to grow in the Christian life, this is an extremely important topic because we are talking today about growing strong by embracing discipleship.
A follower of Jesus in the New Testament time was called a disciple. That is an important word. Even before we were called Christians, believers were called disciples. Jesus used that to refer to those who followed Him many times in the four Gospels.
That word, "disciple", was used as the follower of Christ in the early chapters in the book of Acts. It is an important term, and it is important to know what being a disciple of Jesus Christ is all about because you can only be successful if you are a ...
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