The Goal of Discipleship

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Being and Doing

A disciple of Jesus
++Is Called by Jesus
++Answers the call
The goal is to help people
++Hear the call
++Respond to the call
How do we do this?

Reality Check

1 Timothy 4:1–3 NKJV
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
In latter days
++A coming deception
++A departure from truth
2 Timothy 3:1–4 NKJV
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
Perilous times
++Shifting affections
++A lust for power
God is still God
2 Timothy 2:11–13 NKJV
11 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
In Him
++We live
++We Reign
He remains the same
++He is faithful
++Faithful defines Him
To make disciples we must

Recognize the times

Shift our focus
Matthew 10:34 NKJV
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.
2 Timothy 3:13 NKJV
13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
God never promised
++That the world would get better
++That our efforts would fix it
It would get worse and worse
++They will deceive
++They will be deceived
1 Peter 4:12–13 NKJV
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
Luke 21:28 NKJV
28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
To make disciples we must

See the importance of the moment

John 9:4 NKJV
4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.
The work that God has given us
++Has to be completed.
++Is limited to time
We will never have a perfect opportunity
2 Timothy 4:1–2 NKJV
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Preach the Word

2 Timothy 4:3–4 NKJV
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
1 Corinthians 1:21 NKJV
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
Mark 16:20 NKJV
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

The Gospel is the Message

It is both
The Preaching of the Gospel
++Is necessary
Romans 1:16 NKJV
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
The Preaching of the Gospel
Is necessary
++Allows the son to speak loudly and clearly
++Compels people to answer the call initiated by Jesus
Amos 8:11 NKJV
11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.
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