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The Cost Of Making A Difference
May 15, 2011
Introduction: The Lord Jesus knew well that when He sent forth His disciples to preach the Gospel, not everyone would be so ready to hear and receive. He knew what was before them and therefore He took care to supply them with encouragement in order to cheer them on when they would feel overwhelmed.
Note Charles H. Spurgeon's prayer:
"Lord, let me never blush to own thee is all companies! Work in me a bold spirit by thy Holy Spirit. Let me confess thy truth whatever the spirit of the age may be, uphold thy church when she is most despised, obey thy precepts when they cost most dear, and glory in thy name when it is most reproached."
In this passage Jesus teaches some remarkable truths about the relationship between a disciple and his master. A disciple learns from and identifies with his teacher. The servant is not over his master. The primary meaning is that the disciple should not expect a better lot than their master. Jesus calls disciples to continue to learn from Him, to continue to follow Him, to continue to serve Him.
Verse 25, the teacher is a model of the truth that is being shared. Teachers are not simply passing on to others content in the area of knowledge, but they should model what they teach, demonstrating how to integrate faith with life and learning and modeling the spirit and character the student is to achieve. And students achieve maturity of education when the wholeness of their personal lives reflects this character.
This teaching reminds me of Timothy and Barnabas; Instruction/Encouragement.
I. EXPECTATION. 24-25
Those who try to make a difference for Christ must not
expect to fare better than their Master.
The Lord Jesus was slandered and rejected by those whom He came to benefit.
? There was no error in His teaching
? There was no defect in His method of imparting instruction
We have no right to be s ...
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