Becoming a Disciple
Primary Message: “Whom say ye that I am?” Mathew 16:15
Worldview: I am all that I need, I have the ability and power to be anything that I choose in life.
Evangelistic Emphasis: Jesus is the Word of God. And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.”.
John 1:14 “Behold the Lamb of God!”
From the start of His ministry Jesus began to select people to follow him and be assistants to the work of God. As he called them to follow he taught them and shared with them a close relationship, enabling them to become mature and to be used by God for the kingdom’s glory. In some cases we can see that it was a hard walk requiring much commitment and sacrifice on their part and in some cases we can find that a few fell away and no longer walked with Jesus. The purpose of calling others to be Disciples is to mature them and to equip them with the tools necessary to take Jesus’ message of salvation to the world, to bring forth fruit that remains, and to strengthen them to endure and keep the faith to the very end.
There are critical steps to take that will ensure success. We will start with one word that we find in our Bibles, it may be one of the most important words of action that we can take as Christians and one of the hardest words to do.
Turn with me to John chapter 15 and begin to read until you find the word “abide” Yes this is a critical word. As the sheep that are abiding beneath the tree soaking up the shade on a hot summer day, we also must be abiding in his presence, at His feet. Get this word into your soul and daily exercise it. This will bring many blessings to you. Now that we have started as sheep that are simply abiding, let us go on to our first lesson.
Who is Jesus? John 1:1-14
1. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.2. The same was in the beginning with God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5. And the light shined in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe.
8. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of the light.
9. That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him and the world knew him not.
11. He came unto his own and his own received him not.
12. But as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13. Which were born not of blood, nor the will of flesh, nor the will of man, but of God.
14. And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,full of grace and truth.
Wow! Jesus is the same word that we read today in our Holy Bible! The word was in the beginning of all things, the word created all things, and the word lives among us even today! God has never changed! Accepting God at His word is to accept Jesus, God’s son and accept that Jesus was sent to us as God’s word for man. God has always had a word with a purpose and a teaching that is meant for man. God loves us and He wants all that is good for us, but we must accept this truth and to accept this starts with accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Jesus is what God has determined to be good for us and we must accept this knowing that Jesus is God’s son and our Savior and His words are life. After reading these verses what questions do you have?
Have you ever been taught that everything began another way such as “The Big Bang” or “Evolution?” Do you feel that these ideas of how the world began would prefer to leave Jesus out of the history of the world? Who is Jesus to you? Where did he come from? Why did he come? Why should we follow him? These questions might strike you as very simple, but I have been surprised to find the many different beliefs about whom Jesus is by asking who people say he is. One of the most important questions, I believe, in life is “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked this question to Peter and He continues to ask each of us who come to Him today. Who do you say Jesus is? After Jesus was announced by John The Baptist He began to select a group of students or learners that would be later known as the twelve Disciples. Let's read about the first people that followed Jesus. They had to answer this question also because their choice to follow was soon to tell what they believed. They believed that Jesus was the son of God.
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