by J. Gerald Harris

The Terms of Discipleship
J. Gerald Harris
Luke 9:57-62

This morning I want to speak to you about discipleship. And I want to remind you that a disciple is someone who has a desire ''to know Him and to make Him known.'' A Christian disciple is one who follows Christ, one who submits to His authority, one who hungers to learn His truths and follow through obedience.

Someone has said, ''As the soldier follows his general; as the servant follows his master; as the scholar follows his teacher; as the sheep follows its shepherd, just so ought the professing Christian to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.''

Dear church. God is continuing to convict me in my ministry to quit making decisions for the sake of making decisions and get to making disciples. I'm coming to see more each day that the only people who matter in any local church, in order to carry the burden of prayer and of ministry and of evangelism, are disciples.

Frankly, I don't want to be found guilty of calling people to a church membership which in many cases is no more than a cheap substitute for discipleship. What this church needs is not necessarily more church members, but more disciples. In fact, we need to be busy making disciples out of the church members we already have. There is a ministry we've got to have in our churches today of Christianizing the Christians.

Now, let me ask you a question. Are you a disciple or are you just a church member? This morning we're going to be thinking about the terms of discipleship. First of all, in the life of discipleship there must be

I. No Rival To Jesus Christ

Jesus said on one occasion, ''If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters - yes, even his own life - he cannot be my disciple'' (Luke 14:26).

In other words, there is to be no rival to the place Jesus Christ is to have in your life and mine.

We're to love God; we're to love the Lord Jesus Christ; we're to love the ...

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