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  • 1. DISCIPLES: MERCENARIES OR MISSIONARIES? SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 10:11-15
  • 2. … WOMAN, BEHOLD THY SON! JOHN 19:26
    • DISCIPLES’ FOC US: MISSION INSTEAD OF IDENTITY
    • MISSION—WHAT YOU DO
    • IDENTITY—WHO YOU ARE
    • ADVENTISM—MISSION
    • CHRISTIANITY—IDENTITY
    • ISAIAH 4:1
    • And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man , saying, We will eat our own bread , and wear our own apparel : only let us be called by thy name , to take away our reproach.
  • 3. HTTP://WWW.MILITARY.COM
    • SERVICE
    • GIVING
    • WAY OF LIFE
    • DUTY
    • TRUST
    • CONSTITUTION
    • VALUES
    • “ THOSE WHO BECOME MARINES DO SO BECAUSE THEY WANT TO...”
  • 4. TOP THREE VALUES
    • HONOR
    • COURAGE
    • COMMITMENT
  • 5. BOOT CAMP
    • PHYSICAL & MENTAL
    • MATURE & DISCIPLINE
    • BODY
    • TEAM
    • SUCCESS
    • DANGERS
    • TOOLS
    • FIRST AID
    • SURVIVAL SKILLS
    • CUSTOMS-TRADITIONS-HISTORY
  • 6. DO’S & DON’TS “ NEVER, EVER, MAKE EXCUSES.” “ DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE TOLD, WHEN YOU’RE TOLD TO DO IT, AND HOW YOU’RE TOLD TO DO IT.”
  • 7. FULL COMBAT GEAR
    • A RIFLE
    • HELMET
    • JACKET
    • PACK
  • 8. CRUCIBLE: WHAT IS IT…?
    • “ IF YOU WANT WHAT YOU’VE NEVER HAD, YOU MUST DO WHAT YOU’VE NEVER DONE.”
  • 9. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BOOT CAMP? “ A LIMBER AT ITS ADVERSITY, WILL TEST YOUR TRUE QUALITY.”
  • 10. PHYSICAL—SPIRITUAL WARFARE
    • EPHESIANS 6:12
    • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
    • DOES GOD HAVE HIS MILITARY?
    • MATTHEW 18:20
    • HEBREWS 10:25
    • ACTS 11:26 [DISCIPLES—CHRISTIANS]
  • 11. DISCIPLES: MERCENARIES OR MISSIONARIES?
    • WEBSTER’S DEFINITION
    • A FOLLOWER OF ANY TEACHER
    • HELPS OR ACCEPTS
    • FOLLOWER OF CHRIST
    • SHEPHERD WHO TENDS SHEEP
    • A HIRELING…A HIRED PERSON [ESP. ONE WHOSE MOTIVE ARE MERCENARY .]
  • 12. WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF THEM?
    • MIND-CHARACTER-PERSONALITY
    • “ … when Betterton, a celebrated actor, was dining with Dr. Sheldon, [then] archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop said to him, "Pray, Mr. Betterton, tell me why it is that you actors affect your audiences so powerfully by speaking of things imaginary." "My lord," replied Betterton, "with due submission to Your Grace, permit me to say that the reason is plain: it all lies in the power of enthusiasm . We on the stage speak of things imaginary as if they were real; and you in the pulpit speak of things real as if they were imaginary.”
    • {2MCP 582.2}
  • 13. CONTRAST: MERCENARIES & MISSIONARIES
    • MERCENARIES
    • HIRED
    • SATAN
    • COUNTERFEIT
    • HATE
    • MISSIONARIES
    • SERVE
    • JESUS
    • GENUINE
    • LOVE
  • 14. COMPARISONS: MERCENARIES & MISSIONARIES
    • MOVEMENT
    • DISCIPLES
    • WAR
    • BASIC TRAINING
    • HONOR—COURAGE—COMMITMENT
    • EXPERIENCE DEFECTIONS
  • 15. WHY IS THERE DEFECTION?
    • MATTHEW 13:20, 21
    • MARK 15:1
    • LUKE 4:25-29
    • JOHN 6:54-56, 60, 64-66, 69, 70
    • FOUR REASONS
    • TRIVIAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS & MISGIVINGS
    • SELFISHNESS
    • DENIAL: JESUS—SON OF GOD
    • WORD-ROOT: OFFENSE
  • 16.
    • JESUS’ DISCIPLES—MISSION
    • LIFE
    • FORTUNE
    • HONOR
    • FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE!
  • 17.
    • What are our reasons for enlisting in God’s marine corps?
    2. Are we asking others to comply even before we surrender to His Lordship? Until…
  • 18. MILITARY: STATE-OF–THE-ART TECHNOLOGY
    • LATEST GPS
    • MATTHEW 2:1, 2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
    • LATEST LASER
    • HEBREWS 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  • 19. AIRFORCE PILOTS
    • ISAIAH 5:26, 28
    • And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: …Whose arrows [are] sharp, and all their bows bent,…, and their wheels like a whirlwind.
    • LATEST RADAR
    • REVELATION 7:2, 3
    • And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,…till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
  • 20. RESERVISTS
    • ROMANS 11:4
    • … I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal.
  • 21. NATIONAL GUARD
    • PSALMS 34:7
    • The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
  • 22. COAST GUARD
    • MARK 7:24, 31
    • And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, …And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
  • 23. NAVY & SUBMARINE
    • NUMBERS 24:24
    • And ships [shall come] from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.
    • JONAH 2: 1
    • Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly ...
    • SONAR
    • JONAH 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah . And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
  • 24.
    • AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
    • PSALMS 91:2
    • I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress : my God; in him will I trust.
  • 25. RIGHTEOUSNESS NOT REBELLION
    • PSALMS 23:3
    • He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    • 1 SAMUEL 15:23
    • For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry….
  • 26. DISCIPLES—DANGER
      • 2 CORINTHIANS 4:8-12
      • troubled…
      • perplexed …
      • Persecuted…
      • cast down…
      • … For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,…
  • 27. DISCIPLES’ MANUAL
    • PSALMS 119:105
    • Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
    • JOHN 14:15
    • If ye love me, keep my commandments .
    THE ARK OF THE COVENANT: LAW
  • 28. 1. Humility Versus Pride The gospel teaches us to be humble and place the needs and interests of others above our own. Phil 2:4. A competitive spirit seeks to place its needs above others and to glorify self. You cannot be competitive and serve others. 2. Value in Christ Versus Value in Our Own Performance . This is the key to the gospel. Looking to and trusting in the performance of Jesus and believing that it is given to us. Competition is exactly the opposite. It trains us to look to and develop our performance within ourselves. 3. Peace Versus Aggression When we are justified by faith, trusting in the righteousness (performance of Jesus) we have peace. Rom 5:1. Competition is the source of violence and aggression because we must prove ourselves at the expense of others. James 4:1-4. 4. Serving Others Versus Serving Self Jesus constantly lived to serve others. Mark 10:44,45. When we are performing against others we are forced to serve and focus on ourselves. Instead of helping family with daily duties we are “working on our game”. 5. Internal Eternal Focus Versus Temporal External Focus The gospel focus is on the eternal world. The competitive focus is on the temporal world. The Christian works on character through Christ, the competitor on image through self. 6. All Winners Versus One Winner and Many Losers All who accept Christ are winners. There are no losers. All receive the prize. Sadly with competition there is only one winner. 1 Cor 9:24. The losers face the shame and fear of worthlessness or the fire of getting even. 7. True Worship Versus Idolatry The gospel teaches us to abide in Christ and keep our thoughts always on Him. 2 Cor 10:5. Anything that takes a higher priority in our thinking than worshipping God, is idolatry. The spirit of competition makes self the centre of thought and action rather than God. The Spirit of Christ Versus the Spirit of the World © Adrian Ebens 2000 135
  • 29. DISCIPLES: TOP THREE VALUES
    • HONOR
    • MALACHI 1:6
    • A son honoureth [his] father, and a servant his master: if then I [be] a father, where [is] mine honour?
    • COURAGE
    • PSALMS 31:24
    • Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
    • COMMITMENT
    • PSALMS 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.
  • 30. DISCIPLES: FULL COMBAT GEAR
    • EPHESIANS 6:13
    • Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
  • 31. DISCIPLES: BASIC TRAINING
    • MATTHEW 28:20
    • 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.
  • 32. COMMANDER’S ORDERS: MATTHEW 28
    • COMMAND: “ GOD ”
    • POWER: HOLY SPIRIT
    • PROMISE: AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS
    • MESSAGE: TEACH-PREACH-BAPTIZE
    • MAP: WORLD
    • MANUAL: B asic I nstructions B efore L eaving E arth
    • PAROLE:
    • BELIEVE & BAPTIZE—SAVE
    • BELIEVE NOT—LOST
  • 33. DISAPPOINTMENTS
    • “ PESSIMISTS SEE DIFFICULTIES IN THEIR OPPORTUNITIES; OPTIMISTS SEE OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR DIFFICULTIES.”
    • LUKE 24:21
    • But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel:…
    • ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING
  • 34. HIS METHODS—SUCCESSFUL
    • Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, "Follow Me."--Ministry of Healing, p . 143.
  • 35. DISCIPLES: PRESENT TRUTH NOT PLEASANT TRUTH EW p . 63.... “There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is " present truth " that the flock needs now.”
  • 36. WHAT IS PRESENT TRUTH?
    • “ In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. ...They have been given a work of the most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages . There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention. ....The proclamation of these truths is to be our work. The world is to be warned, and God's people are to be true to the trust committed to them.” 9T. p . 19
  • 37.  
  • 38. DISCIPLES’ MISSION
    • CALL
    • COMRADES
    • COUNTRIES
    • CLARITY
    • WORLD— JES US—A GENERIC MESSAGE
    • JESUS
    • HOCKEY
    • COMEDIAN
    • SUPERSTARS
    • INFORMATION-INTIMACY-INVOLVEMENT
    • STORY—GRANDMA
    • HEAD KNOWLEDGE
    • HEART EXPERIENCE
    • HANDS—ON
  • 39. SOME THINGS ARE INEVITABLE: MERCENARIES AMONGST MISSIONARIES
    • EZEKIEL 8:16
    • And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar , [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
  • 40. “ HYPOCRITES NEVER INTEND TO BE WHAT THEY PRETEND TO BE.”
    • PARABLE: WHEAT & TARES—MATTHEW 13:24-30
    • PHILIPPIANS 1:18
    • What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence , or in truth , Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
  • 41. JESUS: SAVIOR OR CHARLATAN
    • WORSHIP
    • OBEY
    • TRUST
    • ADORE
    • SATAN [JAMES 2:19]
    • ATHEIST—PHARAOH [EXODUS 5:2]
    • PANTHEIST
    • COMMUNIST
    • SECULAR HUMANIST
    • AGNOSTICS
  • 42. JESUS—PATRIOTIC: ACT
    • JESUS:
    • ALMIGHTY DOLLAR OVER THE ALMIGHTY GOD
    • PAUL:
    • RELATIONSHIP NOT A RESUME
    • PETER:
    • IMMOR T AL NOT IMMORAL
    • JOHN:
    • MEEKER NOT MEANER
    • BETTER NOT BITTER
  • 43.
    • STEPHEN:
    • IF GOD.....ENEMIES...?
    • JUDAS:
    • SALVATION OR SUICIDE
    • CHRISTIANITY IS NOT ABOUT EXPOSURE; BUT AN EXPERIENCE.
    • JUDAS: PROFESS—POSSESS
    • SPIRITUAL NOT SPIRIT-FILLED
    • RIGHT NOT RECONCILE
  • 44. JESUS: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED?
    • 2 TIMOTHY 4:7
    • I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:
  • 45. SUCCESS—STRUGGLE
    • BASKET BALL—FULL COURT PRESS
    • GYMNASIUM—BENCH PRESS
    • HOME—IRON PRESS
    • GOLD...
    • SUCKLING BABES...
    • GRAPE JUICE...
    • WRINKLES...
    • WISDOM...
    • WHEAT....
    • MAN...
  • 46. SO WHAT’S THE MESSAGE...?
    • JESUS WANTS HIS DISCIPLES TO AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE HIS PERFECTION, WHILE HE HEATS, MELTS, AND STRAIGHTENS OUT THEIR DEFECTS.
    • JACOB’S HIP
  • 47. DISCIPLES’ NAMES—GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS
    • MATTHEW 25:35-40 [LITMUST TEST]
    • HUNGRY
    • THIRSTY
    • STRANGER
    • NAKED
    • PRISONER
  • 48.
    • Judas became a representative of the enemy of Christ. {DA 295.3}
    • SIMON-SORCERER [ACTS 8:9-24]
    • ACTS 19:13-15 [SCEVA’S SONS]
    • And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
  • 49. BETTER THAT JOHN IS LATE, THAN TO MORN OVER THE LATE JOHN.