Discipleship: Part 18 Acts 6:1,2,7

Acts 6:1, 2, 7:

1 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.  2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.  7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. (NKJV)

My thoughts:

-A genuine disciple is willing to serve, but is also willing to delegate or turn down options so as not to be stretched too thin.

-This in turn will increase the harvest.

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Discipleship: Part 17 John 15:8

John 15:8:

8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (NKJV)

My thoughts:

-A disciple of Jesus is willing to go where Jesus went including a shameful death.

-God loves us- to fully realize God’s love is to obey His commands & have the desire to do so.

-It comes from more than a command but a willingness & respect. People we respect we are more likely to want to obey. It becomes a want to instead of a have to.

-The desire/willingness to obey God’s command lead to a selfless way of life. We want to get ourselves out of the way and let God have control.

-Out of our selflessness can flow the love that God commanded us to have as we are willing to let it flow.

-Jesus was the ultimate example of selflessness & love – He loved so much (not just us, but His Father) that He was willing to go through a painful, shameful death on a cross.

-Are you willing to make that same sacrifice in love?

BEC NT:

We have the privilege of sharing His life & knowing His will. We have the responsibility of abiding & obeying.

“If we are not marching together as the friends of the King (unity), we will never present a united front to the enemy.”

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Discipleship: Part 16 John 14:15-21,23

John 14:15-21, 23:

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.  16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.  19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.
20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.  21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. (NKJV)

My thought:

-If we are his disciples, we will keep His commandments & Word. The Father will love us (i.e. – we get to Heaven). The Spirit of Truth will also abide with us. We show our love by keeping His word & commandments.

-We show our love by obedience.

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Ministry and the Biggest Obstacle

For many years I have felt God’s call on my life to ministry.  I am not sure how that will look yet and when that will finally start.  I know my passion for discipleship, but I also know that several things can get in the way of ministry even starting.  As I have been hunting for a job specifically one in ministry, I have realized there are many obstacles that pop up.  The biggest one, however, has been me.  I need to work on applying what I learn and get past some fears that I have.  There are many times that I get extremely introverted/shy when I should be bold about what I believe.  My prayer this past week has been ‘Lord, help my unbelief’ taken from someone Jesus met during His ministry.

Now to get me out of the way so that God can do His thing.  So do you need to get out of God’s way? Feel free to share.

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Discipleship: Part 15 John 13:34-35

John 13:34-35:

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  (NKJV)

My thought:

-Christians, in general, have gotten away from love the way Jesus commanded and the way it used to be practiced in the early church.

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