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BEING AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE

PREFACE NOTE:

          Yesterday I woke up with a touch of laryngitis. There was no pain, coughing or discomfort, just loss of ability to project my voice. This morning I woke up with the problem in full bloom. I remembered years ago when our little Southern Baptist Church in Suburban Los Angeles invited an African American ministerial couple to sing and speak on Sunday morning. The pastor's wife had a case of severe laryngitis that morning. She stood up that morning to speak and said,

"My voice is cracking and I'm expected to excuse myself, but my love for Jesus and desire to serve Him will not permit me to be silent. I intend to proclaim to anyone who will listen how wonderful Jesus is in my life."

          This morning I'm with her. Jesus has put this love in my heart and I cannot be silent. If all I do is croak like a frog, then with the benefit of amplification and electronics, I'm going to tell you how wonderful He is.               Pastor Phil  <><<

BEING AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE

SERMON STARTER

          Often people are not fully aware of what they are committing to when they wish to participate in an activity. The following responses are from vacationers who were given comment cards after touring the Bridger Wilderness Area in Wyoming. This rugged area is almost half a million acres of sceinic beauty. Here's some of their responses:

 

Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.

 

Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray the wilderness to rid the areas of these pests.

 

Please pave the trails…Chair lifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them.

 

The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake. Please eradicate these annoying animals.

 

A small deer came into my camp and stole my jar of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call…

 

Escalators would help on steep uphill sections.

 

A MacDonald’s would be nice at the trailhead.

 

Too many rocks in the mountains.


Mike Neifert, Light and Life (February 1997), p. 27

          These comments and complaints indicate that the people who made them do not really understand what it means to stay in a "wilderness area." They were looking for something convenient and comfortable, but not truly a wilderness experience.

          Many people today do not understand what it means to be a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ. There are multitudes that think they are following Jesus when they follow the crowds to the latest mega church. Jesus didn't follow crowds, he chose an inner circle of 12, and a few others joined them following Him."         

          My sermon this morning is a reminder of what an authentic disciple of Jesus really is. . .

 

Pastor Phil  <><<   

 

 

May 1, 2016 - Pastor Phil Roland

Sheepfold Ministries

 

BEING AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE

THE REAL MEANING OF FOLLOWING JESUS

Luke 14:25-35

Many people today do not understand what it means to be a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. There are multitudes that think they are following Jesus when they follow the crowds to the latest mega church. Jesus didn't follow crowds, he chose an inner circle of twelve, and a few others joined them following Him."                                                                         Pastor Phil  <><<

 

33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:33


DEFINITION:

The Koine Greek word for "Disciple" is “MA-THE-TAISE,” which in the secular sense means being an apprentice to a tradesman. W.E. Vine's commentary which says, “A disciple is not only a pupil, but an adherent; hence, they are spoken of as IMITATORS of their teacher.” 

In Luke 6:40 Jesus says,

“A student (math-e-taise), is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (NIV)

 

I.  JESUS ATTRACTED LARGE CROWDS AT FIRST - Luke 14:25

25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,

            A. They had a Positive Attitude toward Jesus

                        1. His Followers Traveled with Him

                        2. They were enthralled by His Teaching

            B. Following and Watching is Not being a Disciple

                        1. Spectators - Wanting/Needing a Miracle

                        2. Observers - Hoping to see a Supernatural Event

            C. Political Super Stars attract large crowds

                        1. On March 13th Trump's 100 Million Dollar private Jet

                                    a. Touched down for 2 1/5 Hours

                                    b. 2,500 attended, but 100's more were turned away

                        2. Huge crowds are drawn to political Super Stars

                                    a. They are treated like Celebrities

                                    b. People pledge undying love and devotion

            D. U.S. Sports events draw large crowds and ticket prices

                        1. The amount of $$ fans are willing to pay shows commitment

                                    a. NFL - Average Ticket Price for 2015, 2016 was $85

                                    b. NBL - Average Ticket Price was $56

                        2. 2016 Super Bowl tickets were $3300 to $3800

                                    a. 50 Yard Line costs are $16,000 to $17,000 per seat

                                    b. VIP seats are set at $30,000

BEING AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE, cont., p.2

 

TO BE AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE YOU MUST

II. HOLD YOUR COMMITMENT ABOVE EVERYTHING - Luke 14:27

27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

            A. Jesus must come first in a Christian Disciple's life

                        1. A Disciple is a "Learner" from his "Master"

                        2. To completely learn about a subject takes Focus

                        3. Everything else in a person's life must be abandoned

                        4. After High School Graduation I was torn between 2 polarities

                                    a. Academia - Thirst for knowledge that leads to growth

                                    b. Vocation - Mastery of a trade and being the best

                        5. Distractions were my enemy

            B. Jesus, Master Teacher, uses Hyperbole to drive home His point

                26 "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and

              children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My

              disciple.    Luke 14:26
                        1. Hyperbole -Exaggerated Statements, not to be taken literally

                        2. Pluck out your eye? Cut off your hand? Swim w/ Millstones?

                                    See Matthew 19

            C. This intense commitment / Focus applies to Everyone

                        1. All who follow Him: Apostles, Evangelists, Missionaries

                        2. Even Mature believers are called to commitment

                        3. There are no "Religious Elite" in Jesus' Kingdom

            D. Our Commitment to and Love for Jesus will be Above All Else

                        1. Being a Disciple of Jesus will be above all else

                        2. Where are your Loyalties? Is He First in your Life?

 

TO BE AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE YOU MUST

III. COUNT CAREFULLY THE COST AND GIVE IT ALL UP

33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.    Luke 14:33
           
A. George Barna's pollsters tell us that U.S. Disciples fall short

                        1. Divorced as much as their culture

                        2. Buy Lottery Tickets, Gamble at Las Vegas

                        3. Watch PG-13, R, and even X rated movies

            B. The Apostle Peter called us a Peculiar People (Chosen)

                9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a

              peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath

              called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

                        1. Josh McDowell's book, Evidence that Demands a Verdict

                        2. Being Tried today, Is there Evidence enough to convict you?

                        3. Can you be tried as a Disciple and found guilty?

                        4. J. Vernon McGee Quote:

                        "I'm nothing special, just a First Century, garden variety believer, a                              disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ."

BEING AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE, cont., p.3

 

TO BE AN AUTHENTIC DISCIPLE

IV. YOU MUST NOT BE BLAND - Luke 14:34-35

34 "Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

            A. Salt was in some regions as valuable as money

                        1. Have you ever heard the term, "Not worth his salt?"

                        2. Salt was transported often over long distances

            B. Offerings made to the Lord were seasoned with Salt - Lev. 2:13

                13 And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you

              shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from

             your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.

                        1. Covenants made with the Lord must cost something

                        2. Self-Denial, Self-Sacrifice, "Give it up for. . ."              

 

THE COST OF AUTHENTIC COMMITMENT

"We pledge our lives, fortunes and sacred honor. . ."

 

          Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence. Their conviction resulted in untold sufferings for themselves and their families.

Of the 56 men, five were captured by the British and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army.

Another had two sons captured.

Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or hardships of the war.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships sunk by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in poverty.

At the battle of Yorktown, the British General Cornwallis had taken over Thomas Nelson's home for his headquarters. Nelson quietly ordered General George Washington to open fire on the Nelson home. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and mill were destroyed. For over a year, he lived in forest and caves, returning home only to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion. 

Kenneth L. Dodge, Resource, Sept./ Oct., 1992, p. 5.