Removing The Mystery From Disciplemaking | Luke 14:25-35
This morning in our final message on the church, I want to ask the question, so what? What I mean by that is when it comes to our relationship with Christ and discipleship, what difference does it really make in our life?
Do you ever come to church or Bible study, and you fill your brain with all of this great information, and what do you do with it? I think many times in church, we are so guilty of this we fill our brains with intellect, but then it does not make a difference in our life. So I want to ask you so what? We come to church, learn, have Bible study and prayer, but what do we do with it?
I have this thing I do every time I preach; when I sit down to prepare my sermon, I ask that question, so what? What does this mean to the average person all of these years later?
Have you ever been to a conference or something, or you just get all fired up and motivated to the point that you are ready to charge hell with a water pistol, and the question is, what do you do with that?
Most of us might know where the great commission is located in Scripture? Matthew 28:18-20 As we read this passage of scripture, we notice a lot of things about it. We notice that Jesus gives a mandate. What is it? To make disciples, Is this valid today?
What we have here is a command to make disciples, and this command is linked to 3 participles. They are going, baptizing, and teaching. So what Jesus is saying is as you go are going, make disciples, by baptizing, and by teaching.
So here is the thing we hopefully gain all of this knowledge in our Christian life, and we learn all of this information, and the question is not should I take this message to the lost, the question should be what is stopping me from taking this message to the lost.
Many times people are looking for a reason to go when they should be looking for a reason to stay. Do you realize that 1.6 billion people in the world today still have not heard the name of Jesus?
But not only does Jesus give a mandate, but he also gives a promise. What is the promise? That He will be with us always. Is that promise valid today? Yes. But look, he says he will be with us always, which is constantly and until the end of the age, which is continually.
So we see that both the mandate and the promise are valid today. So we can say that Jesus is commanding us to go and make disciples of all nations and that he will be with us always until the day he returns.
Discipleship is the process by which we become a committed followers of Jesus Christ. What is clearly laid out in this passage and in other passages concerning discipleship is that we just count the cost. So I am going to share with you to primary point; the first will be the commitment that is demanded and the second is count the cost.