Our Need for Discipleship by Fred Lowery

Our Need for Discipleship
Dr. Fred Lowery
Matthew 11:28-29; John 2:23-25; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 8:39; John 13:35;
Matthew 22:37-39; Ephesians 4:15-16
January 8, 2012

You know, I think everybody wants salvation, certainly this crowd this morning in this room wants salvation but many don't want to put in the work that comes with salvation. I think, it's like, many people wanna audit. Did you ever take a course where you audited the course and you didn't have to do the work? I audited a couple of courses and that's best courses I've ever taken 'cause you didn't have to do the work, you just got the information and I'm afraid that's how many people look at their Christian faith. They want the information without the responsibility and they either get stuck at a certain point in their Christian life or they just never achieve the spiritual growth that God wants for them and would be such a blessing in their life.

I was at a church in revival years ago and the chairman of the deacons was the head of the counselors for that week and he had never shared the gospel with anybody and we trained them to share the gospel and he got to share the gospel with a teenage boy and the boy accepted Christ and it just moved in the heart of this chairman of the deacons in this church but what he said to me was amazing. He said I've been working in the church for almost 40 years, I've held every job with the church except WMU and they wouldn't let me. But he said I realize now that I've just gotten older, I've aged but I haven't grown in the Lord for all these years. What a tragedy! And he said this is the happiest week of my life. At 65, just catching on to the fact that the Christian faith is not something that we do on Sunday but it's life. And it's to be a continual growth.

Your mission, should you accept it, is to become like Jesus Christ. To accept Christ is to accept your mission and to never stop wanting to be more like Christ. It's not enough to say I'm on my way ...

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