by Jerry Vines

Matthew 10:26-42
Chapter ten might well be called an instruction manual for
disciples. When you join any particular group, very often you'll
find that there is an instruction manual which goes along with the
group. When I was a boy I was very active in the Boy Scouts. In
fact, I had the privilege and opportunity to earn an Eagle Scout
Award in the Boy Scouts. Every year they would publish a Boy
Scout Manual. This manual was our guideline that gave us our
instructions of what we were to do.
If you're on a football team, at the beginning of the season
they will give you a manual that will have the plays and give
instructions for preparation for the season.
When you come to the Lord Jesus and receive him as your
personal Savior, according to the Scriptures, you become a
disciple of Jesus. A disciple is a learner. A disciple is a
follower. Many times in the book of Acts, the believers are
called disciples. In fact, when the Lord Jesus gave the Great
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto
the end of the world. Amen.
It could be translated: Go ye therefore, and make disciples, bap-
tizing them and teaching them. To win a person to Christ is to
win a person to discipleship. When you receive Christ as Savior
you also receive Him as your Lord. He becomes your Master and you
become His disciple.
All through Matthew, chapter 10 you will discover that in-
structions are given concerning discipleship. Matthew 10:1 says,
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples,
He gives the names of those who are called to be disciples.
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant
above his lord (Matt. 10:24).
This is really not an easy chapter to understand. As you
read, there are some difficulties that immediately emerge in your
mind because there are some things that are given as instructions,
which are obviously not applicable to us today. There ...

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