1. Disciples- focus on relationshipfirst, performance second.
Mark 3:13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He14 appointed twelve that theymight be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have 15authority to drive out demons.
Mark 3:16 These are the twelve heappointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (tothem he gave the name Boanerges,which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Romans 4:13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abrahamand his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. Romans 5:18 Yes, Adam’s one sinbrings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousnessbrings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
John 6:28-29 Then theyasked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus 29 answered, “The work ofGod is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
Three dangers of doingreligion without Christ 1. Burn-out 2. Fade-out 3. Puff-up
Mark 3:16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave thename Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus,Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Lack of faith- Matthew 8:25 The disciples went and woke him up,shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Up and down- Matthew 17:16 So I brought himto your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
Out of line- Matthew 19:13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so hecould lay his hands on them andpray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
Demon possessed man: Family Issues, Spiritual Issues, Health Issues, Relational Issues, Financial Issues.But he came to Jesus, just as he was.
3. Disciples arewilling to make thedecision to follow.
Matthew 9:9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a mannamed Matthew sitting at his taxcollector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.
The biblical evidence is clear aboutmaking a decision sooner rather than later: 1. John the Baptist- Mathew 3 2. Pentecost- Acts 2:38 3. Philip and the Eunuch- Acts 8 4. Philippian Jailer- Acts 16 5. Lydia- Acts 16 6. Disciples- Acts 19
Mathew 3:16 After his baptism, asJesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he sawthe Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And avoice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
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