Sermons on Discipleship

Sermons on Discipleship

Help for the Uniquely Stagnate Christian

If you feel like you are stuck in your Christian walk, then it is time to start moving again. The solution for spiritual stagnation is distinctive discipleship. Colossians 1:27-29 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this…

How Should We Handle Unfaithful Members?

As we commit to a local church, what happens when we fail to represent Jesus? The Bible is clear on expectations of how we are to confront one another to avoid drifting spiritually. Current Trend Every believer has an unspoken list of sins that is acceptable and a pronounced list that is unacceptable. Christians tend to protest the sins outside the church and overlook the sins inside the church. Satan loves to deceive us into believing that our sins don’t…

What Does the Church Have to Offer Me? [10:30]

Many people will join a church based on what it has to offer their specific situations.  Instead of focusing on what the church can provide for you, have you ever considered how you can use your gifts to bless the church? Current Trend Our consumer-driven societyhas developed consumer-driven churches. Churches often satisfy the members at the expense of the mission. The temptation is to find comfort that does not require investment. Seeking to have our preferences met prevents us from meeting the needs of others. Biblical Example [1 Cor. 12:12-31] 12 For…

What Does the Church Have to Offer Me? [9:00]

Many people will join a church based on what it has to offer their specific situations.  Instead of focusing on what the church can provide for you, have you ever considered how you can use your gifts to bless the church?

Why Do I Feel Disconnected at Church?

As a church grows larger, how do you avoid getting lost in the crowd? Our relationships in the church will only grow according to how intentional we are. Current Trend The larger a church becomes, the easier it is to remain anonymous. People expect to make instant relationships with a church without the patient intentionality that is necessary. Discipleship doesn’t happen because you are on a roster but because you are in relationships. Biblical information does not guarantee biblical transformation.…

It’s News Too Good to Keep to Ourselves

In the concluding comments of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus commissioned the disciples to take the gospel into all the world. If we continue to follow Jesus, He will lead us to people and places that need to hear the gospel. Options for Mark’s Ending Why is the ending of Mark so uncommon from the rest of his book and missing in various early manuscripts? Intentionally Abrupt Ending – Did Mark intend to leave his readers in suspense regarding what happened next?…

Surrendered for Service

As Jesus attempted to prepare His disciples for His death, their priorities were severely misaligned with His. Jesus came to serve, and we should seek to give our lives away as well. Mark 10:32-52 “And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we are…

When Riches Rob You of Jesus

A rich young man wanted to follow Jesus, but he loved his possessions too much. We must be careful that our riches don’t rob us of following Jesus. Mark 10:17-31 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.…

Turning a Catalyst into a Monument

Jesus allowed some of His disciples to experience His transfiguration, but it caused them to turn what should have been a catalyst into a monument.  Instead of getting a simple glimpse of His temporal glory, Jesus has made a way for us to behold His eternal glory. Mark 9:2-13 2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes…

Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go

Jesus taught His disciples regarding the incompatible nature of following Him halfway. As He still calls us today, He is expecting us to abandon all this world has to offer for the greater treasure of knowing Him. Mark 8:34-9:1 34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever…

Spiritual Amnesia

For a second time, Jesus leads a faithless group of disciples to help feed a great crowd of hungry people. Failing to remember Jesus’ power in the past can cause us to question His ability in the present for our physical and spiritual needs. Mark 8:1-26 8 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them,2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have…

Shake the Dust Off Where There’s No Welcome Mat

Jesus was rejected in His hometown and prepared His disciples for similar rejection.  Through His example and instruction, we learn how we should respond when our message is unwelcome. Mark 6:1-13 6 He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How…