A Biblical Portrait Of A True Disciple (3 of 3) by Johnny Hunt

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A Biblical Portrait Of A True Disciple - Part III
Johnny Hunt
Matthew 16:24-27
March 20, 2011

INTRODUCTION: The cross of Christ speaks of Salvation that gave us our relationship, while the cross of the Christian speaks of Sanctification, that gives us Discipleship.

In the last two weeks we have noted:

I. THE PICTURE OF DISCIPLESHIP. 24

A. A DAILY DECISION. 24a
"deny yourself"

B. A DEVOTED DUTY. 24b
"take up his cross"

And today we will pick up with

C. A DILIGENT DEVOTION. 24c
"follow Me"

A call to loyal obedience. True discipleship is submission to the Lordship of Christ that becomes a pattern of life. Present tense, keep on following.

1 John 2:6, "He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked."

John 8:31,"Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.'"
If you follow Jesus, you receive quite a promise:

John 12:26, "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor."

Most of us wish to follow Him until it interferes with our plans.

It's hard to talk to many about "dying for Christ" when you are struggling to "live for Christ."

"OK, I'll serve You, Jesus, but it's not going to get in the way of my family; can't conflict with my job, etc."

1 Peter 2:21, "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps"

Following Him by trusting in Him, walking in His footsteps, obeying His Word, and being willing to suffer in His cause.

In Matthew 10:38 Jesus added these words:

"And he who does not take his cross and follow after
Me is not worthy of Me.:

"worthy of Me" - refers to spiritual character. It should be our desire that the Lord would make us the kind of people we ought to be. Fulfillment speaks of God bringing about in our lives every holy longing. A ...


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