Series: Christianity Q and A (2 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple?
Series: Christianity Q and A
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 5:1-11

"Disciple" is not a commonly used word in ordinary conversations, but it should be a highly respected word in Christian thought because, among other things, our Lord's final instructions included the command to make disciples. What did He mean? Christ's disciples are:

I. Willing to Be Challenged.

A. The challenge of the call.
1. The nature of the call.
a. Invitation.
b. Command.

2. The process of the call. See John 1:40 42; Matthew 4:18 22; Luke 5:1 11
a. Attention-Behold!
b. Attraction-We have found!
c. Authority-Follow me!

3. The purpose of the call.
a. The master/disciple relationship.

B. The challenge of the consequences.
1. Affections.
a. They left their father… Mark 1:20

2. Allegiances.
a. Because you say so… Luke 5:5


Part 4: What Do We Mean by Forgiveness?
Series: Christianity Q and A
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 18:21-35

Apparently Peter was frustrated when he asked Jesus, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother?" Forgiveness is an integral part of Christian experience; so Peter was right to ask for help. Many of us need help with forgiveness, too.

I. The Demands of Forgiveness.

A. The demands of Christ's teaching. Luke 17:1 10
1. Relationships are full of difficulties.
2. Responsibility for action must be accepted.
3. Reactions must be carefully watched-they may be sinful.
4. Responses include rebuking and forgiving.
Note: The place of faith (vv. 5-6) and duty (vv. 7 10).

B. The demands of Christ's example. Luke 7:36 50
1. Concern about people's brokenness.
2. Compassion for people's helplessness.
3. Commitment to people's wholeness.

C. The demands of Christ's analogy. Matthew 18:21 35
1. The linkage of being forgiven and being forgiving.
a. To receive but not give is immoral.
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