The Kingdom Life: Counting The Cost Of Discipleship
Luke 9:23 and Galatians 2:20
Introduction: "Not I, but Christ" - "deny himself" - or it will be "I, not Christ."
As a church, it is my desire to lead us to live out the truth of the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:18-20. "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen."
I desire to see the shaping of individuals through the intentional effort on the part of both leaders and church members. I want to know that the way that I live and lead really helps people to grow in Christ. I desire to lead by exhortation and example.
I passionately desire to see the people of God engaged in the mission of God, through the Spirit of God. Again, I genuinely desire to "make disciples."
Disciple - pupil or apprentice; a learner or student.
A disciple can be taught (knowledge) without being transformed.
Matthew 28:20, "teaching them to observe" - be careful that our disciple-making is not information without transformation. The end result of discipleship is not merely the knowledge of all Jesus commanded but the obedience to all Jesus commanded us to do.
It's not the truth we know that transforms us, but the truth we obey.
Not all discipleship is transformational.
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