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What Is a Disciple? (1 of 2)
Series: What Is A Disciple?
INTRODUCTION: A disciple is a learner, but also a follower.
At Gardner-Webb College, I was invited as ministerial student of the year to preach in one of our convocation services (Chapel). I chose Acts 16:25-31 on the Philippian Jailer. In this text, I talked about the ABC's of coming to Christ:
• Acknowledge Your Need
• Believe On The Lord Jesus
• Conversion by Christ
• Conviction of Sin (Can be conviction without change)
• Confession of My Sinfulness (Can be confession without change)
• Converted by the Savior (When my conviction (godly sorrow of my sin displayed before me by Christ) leads me past sorrow to the joy of repentance.)
EXAMPLE: Contrast in Luke 18 and 19
1. Rich Young Ruler.
Luke 18:18-23, " Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' So Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother.' And he said, 'All these things I have kept from my youth.' So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, 'You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich."
v.22 "come, follow Me"
v.23 "sorrowful" - but not repentant
2 Corinthians 7:8-10, "For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be ...
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