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The Disciple - Part 1, Time with Jesus
Miles McPherson - January 10, 2016

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Say this: “I need to be a disciple.” You may not want to be, but you need to be. In today’s message, Pastor Miles discusses what it looks like to be a disciple and easy ways to disciple others.

You may not want to be a disciple, but you need to be.

When Jesus came to earth, He had a brief 3-year ministry. His whole plan was to invest in 12 disciples that would take His message to the world when He left and continue to do what He did. During these 3 years, he taught them, he modeled ministry to them and he prayed in front of them. Even though there were crowds of people, his focus was on the 12.

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-19

Jesus is saying 3 things in Matthew 4:18-19: follow me, I will change you, and I will get you to do what I’m doing to do (fish for men).

Our mission at Rock Church is Save, Equip, Send. It’s a process for people to follow Jesus and be made into fishers of men. Save, Equip, Send. (Follow Him, He will change you, go out and fish for men.) We are surrounded by people who are searching for God, just waiting for us to share the Gospel and invite them to church. We have what they are seeking.

The first thing Jesus called his Disciples to do: Follow Me. We all have someone in our life that we can disciple. The first step is very simple. Follow Me.

1. Disciples were called to be with Jesus.

When you think of discipleship you may think you need to know the whole Bible or do everything by memorization. Although memorizing Bible verse is great, that’s not what Jesus asked us to do! The first thing Jesus said was to be with Him. Hang out with Him, learn what He did, how He reacted and how He prayed. The first thing you can do when you want to be a disciple is to spend time with Jesus. Spend time praying, in Bible study, sitting in silence so you can hear His voice. Sit at Jesus’ feet and ask Him to speak to you, every day. The devil will work hard all day to keep you going all day completely distracted from what God has for you, but God says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

The way Jesus’ disciples followed Him and learned from Him can be used to bring someone alongside you to be discipled.

And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him. Mark 3:14 (emphasis added)

The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:43-46 (emphasis added)

As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Mark 9:9 (emphasis added)

Jesus wants you to spend time with Him. It’s important to distinguish time with Him from having information about Him. It is good to learn about God, but we can be so consumed with facts and information that we miss the person of Jesus and the relationship that He wants with us. He can speak to us, guide us, encourage us, comfort us, empower us…Acknowledge that He is right here with you all the time. Listen for the small, still, whisper of His voice.

Establish time with Jesus: Prayer, quiet time, Bible reading, learning, teaching, ministry etc...Ask him to make Himself known to you.

2. Disciples were called to walk away from their old life.

You can’t spend time with Jesus and be a disciple and keep your life the same. We are called to be obedient.

Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:19-20 (emphasis added)

As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Mark 9:9 (emphasis added)

Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “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. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:23-28, 33 (emphasis added)

In this verse from Luke 14, God isn’t telling us to hate our parents. He is saying the love we have for God should greatly surpass the love we have even for our parents. He is saying that He wants us to love Him more than we love our own lives and to lay our lives down for Him. He doesn’t want us to just come to church and say we’re Christians. He wants us to be His disciples.

Pastor Miles’ challenge: Figure out what you are. Are you going to be a cultural version of a Christian that just comes to church whenever you feel like it?

Sit at His feet and learn what He wants you to learn. Be what He wants you to be. If you do that, your life will be supernatural. Otherwise, your life won’t be any different. It’s 100% up to us. We can tell Jesus yes or no. Our church is beginning a fast. Join us. Did you make an All In commitment? Give. You want to serve? Serve. Be on fire for something! It is up to us to make changes in our life, commit to following Jesus and walk away from anything that is keeping us distracted from Him. We have to decide to become a disciple and then to disciple others.

Here are some simple ways you can disciple people: Invite people to do life with you! Go shopping, go to the movies, bring them to a small group, play sports, do ministry etc…

Maybe you come to church, maybe you worship or read your Bible, but these are not the things that save you. We are saved by receiving the Lord Jesus as Savior and when we allow Him to change our minds on how to behave, to enjoy the freedom of being a new creation. This is God’s desire for you! Have you accepted His free gift?

The Disciple

This 3-part series examines what Jesus meant when He commissioned us to make disciples and how we can fulfill that calling. In Part 1, Pastor Miles discusses what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus and easy ways to disciple others.

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