Lift up your hands within the Sanctuary and

Lift up your hands within the Sanctuary and

Lift up your hands within the Sanctuary and Praise the LORD Fellowship With all the Saints Fellowship At close quarters

Discipleship Grim, Stern, and Authoritarian Relationship Disciples in the ship

What are the tasks of a Disciple? 1. To Follow 2. ? 3. ? Jesus is the Model Disciple I also am a man under authority - Centurions observation The Son does what the Father does My food and drink is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to

finish His work I have finished the work You gave Me to do - Jesus testimony My beloved Son with whom I am well pleased - Fathers affirmation Relationship Follow Me and I will make you

Relationship with Jesus Teacher/Student - Learn (Words and Example) Master/Lord - Submit/Obey Father/Child - Trust

Friendship - Unequal/Earned Jesus Priority for Disciples And He went up on the mountain and called to those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send

them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons Mark 3:13-15 Jesus functioned as a Jewish Rabbi Disciples lived with their Rabbi They walked with him They ate the food he ate The slept where he slept They experienced what he experienced

They listened to his teaching as they lived together They shared his vulnerability and dangers His Agenda became their Agenda The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, What do you seek? They said to Him, Rabbi where are You staying? He said to them, Come and see. They came and saw

where He was staying, and remained with Him that day. John 1:37-39 A Single Agenda Removes Stress All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills

to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matt. 11:27-30 Going beyond Belief And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please

Him. As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:29-32 No Lord is an Oxymoron Then Peter took Him and began rebuking Him, saying, Far be it from You, Lord! This shall not

happen to You. Matt. 16:22 And a voice came to him, Rise, Peter; kill and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean. Acts 10:13-14 The Cost of Discipleship Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, Lord, I will follow You wherever You go. And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes and birds of the

air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. Then He said to another, Follow Me. But he said, Lord, let me first go and bury my father. Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow You, but let me The Mandate for Disciples

Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 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. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has What makes a Successful Disciple? A Heartfelt Desire: For closer relationship with Jesus For transformation into His likeness To glorify Him by the way you live Gifts take a moment, character takes a lifetime

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom. 5:1-5

Choosing depends on Seeing By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

Heb. 11:24-27 Choosing depends on Seeing Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat

down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:1-2 The Disciples Inheritance Then Peter began to say to Him, See, we have left all and followed You. So Jesus answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospels, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time

- houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions - and in the age to come, eternal life. But many first will be last, and the last first. Mark 10:28-31 Different Choices Different Outcomes Now if anyone builds on this foundation (Jesus Christ) with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each ones work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it

will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each ones work, of what sort it is. If anyones work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyones work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 1Cor.3:12-15 Down but Not Out Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore

they said to him, You are not also one of His disciples, are you? He denied it and said, I am not! John 18:25 Jesus said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep. John 22:17 Failure is not Final Ask Peter

Most assuredly, I say to you when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him Follow Me. John 21:18-19 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease. 2Peter 1:14-15

The Disciples Twin Ambitions 1) But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to selfcontrol perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ 2Peter 1:5-8 2) Therefore, brothers, be even more diligent to make your call and

election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 1:10-11

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