OCTOBER 26, 2014
BE THE DISCIPLE | MATTHEW 13V44-46
GUEST SPEAKER ROD CARLSON
The call to discipleship is the call to give up everything you thought you wanted in order to gain everything you truly needed.
- Share a time when you made a decision not to do something that ended up having a great cost.
- What impacted you the most from the sermon about what it can look like to follow Jesus?
The gospels show us Jesus calling people to be his disciples, to follow him. What does it mean to be called to follow him?
We are called to relationship. In secular Greek, the word “disciple” referred to the pupil of a teacher or the apprentice of a craftsman. In both cases, the disciples entered into a close personal relationship with the master - teacher. They often literally lived with the teacher and brought their whole lives under his authority. They did this to receive not simply information from him but wisdom and character.
We are called to allegiance. Read Matthew 13v44-46. Discipleship means that Jesus becomes the ultimate, supreme allegiance of your heart.
We are called to mission. Jesus “calls us in” to himself but also “sends us out” into the world in mission.
- In Luke 10:1-20, he calls us to “gospel-messaging.” We are to publicly tell the gospel of Jesus and urge everyone to believe it.
- In Luke 10:25-37, he calls us to “gospel-neighboring.” We are to sacrificially meet the basic human needs of those around us, whether they believe our message or not.
We are called by grace. In Mark 2:14-18, we see Jesus calling a tax collector — a moral “outsider” — to be a disciple. This shows that Jesus does not look for spiritually qualified people to call. He calls people before they are morally qualified. We are called by sheer grace.
- The dynamic motivation of our discipleship is gratitude for this grace and a desire to please and enjoy the one who called us.
- Which statements impressed you and why?
- What are some of the concrete ways you can make Christ King and Lord of your life (rather than just a helper)?
Whatever controls us is really our god... The one who seeks power is controlled by power. The one who seeks acceptance is controlled by the people he or she wants to please. We do not control ourselves. We are controlled by the lord of our life... Jesus’ ownership of our lives is not a control that manipulates us or takes away our dignity. He governs our lives... by being who he is without compromise and by insisting we become all that we are meant to be. And this can only occur through following him, obeying him, and maintaining a living, passionate kinship to him... God created us for himself. If we live with any center other than Jesus, we will be living incomplete. - Rebecca Pippert
Cheap grace is the enemy of the church. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance... grace without discipleship, grace without a cross... Costly grace is the gospel [of the church]... It is costly because it costs a man his life, and grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his son... it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life… When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- Which statements impressed you and why?
- What reasons do these quotes give for making Christ Lord of our lives?
- Describe what you think it looks like to follow Jesus. How does following Jesus differ from "admiring” or “believing in” Jesus?
- Think of the main areas of your life:
Money and possessions
Private thought life
Other (add here):
- Look at each area and ask the following questions:
“Am I willing to obey whatever God says about this life-area no matter how I feel about it?
“Is there something in this area I am relying on more than God for my hope and meaning in life?"
- On the basis of your evaluation — choose one or two areas of your life that you most need to acknowledge Christ’s lordship more deeply.
Dear Lord, your resurrection power is available to each of us today as we submit ourselves to follow you. Create within us a hunger and thirst to know you better through your Son Jesus, to trust you completely and to be willing to be inconvenienced. Help us to risk the unlikely so as to discover the possible with you. We praise you in Christ Jesus' name, Amen.
NORTH MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
Jessica Nelson (515) 249-2134 or Nate Evans (620) 583-2096
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Serving free meals to the kids of the community at Freedom for Youth!
October 30 - 5pm / 50 students
2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines.
WEST MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
Cindy Pierce (515) 975-2103
November 16 - 12pm
118 SE 4th Street, Suite #120 Des Moines, Iowa
DOWNTOWN MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
Erika Wheeler (515) 577-9563 or Caleb Wheeler (515) 681-1906
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Edmunds Elementary School Activity Night
October 28 - 5pm (K-1)