A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege of preaching a series of messages over the course of a Thursday through Sunday that were designed to encourage and instruct the saints to the work of being true Disciples of Jesus Christ. There are many in the Church of Jesus Christ in our day that teach that a “disciple” is one notch up from the regular Christian in the pew (or theater seat, depending on your church building). The Bible does not seem to teach this.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Disciple and Christian are interchangeable terms in the new Testament. Jesus had a lot to say about what a disciple is and how one behaves. In this series we look primarily at one long passage, from Luke 14:1-17:10 which is really just spending a Sabbath Day with the Savior has He discusses life, faith and obedience for the the true “follower” of Jesus. I encourage you to take some time to listen to the messages and pray about what the Savior says, to evaluate your understanding of discipleship and as the Apostles do at the end of our text, pray, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5)
The link below will take you to the page of my site where there are several messages on the saying of Jesus including the ones that are marked as Discipleship 101. Give them a listen and let’s discuss what the implication of this discourse means to the Followers of Jesus.