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Primary Claim: Encountering Jesus transforms us into commited believers.
Sometimes we can't comprehend the suffering that we see and experience in this world. But if we deny ourselves and fully submit to God's will for our lives, we are promised that these sufferings will eventually end. When His kingdom comes, we will bask in the perfect and eternal glory of Christ!
King Jesus came to earth to draw a line in the sand. Jesus' demand: Allegiance to Him must be my first and highest priority. The cost of discipleship is high; the cost of non-discipleship is even higher. Do I believe this baby is worth abandoning my life for?
In John 12:12-19, we see that Jesus comes to be the King we need, not the king we think we wanted. Yet, when we see how good of a King he is, we ought to drop our own agendas, desires, etc. and follow him.
Matthew's account of Jesus' calling of his first disciples reveals that discipleship to Jesus was on God's terms not theirs; it required complete surrender. Of course, the disciples had to learn what this meant for them as they followed Jesus. Discipleship to Jesus is a perpetually growing relationship in which Jesus is in charge, and the disciple lacks nothing of what he or she needs. While Jesus has regard for the individuality of his disciples, their individuality was never the focus of their relationship to Jesus and was not allowed to define what their discipleship entailed. Jesus is in charge, not the disciple. Mere emotions cannot suffice to energize discipleship to the Lord Jesus and neither can the pursuit of self-fulfillment in the name of serving God; discipleship to Jesus is under his control and command.
Deitrich Bonhoeffer said, "Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of the church. We are fighting today for costly grace." Costly grace is what Jesus lays out in Luke 9 as he calls people to the radical cost of following him. The cost of Christ is the cost of his cross. Amazingly, the rewards are even greater! *Apologies for the abbreviated audio. We only captured the end of the sermon.
To make disciples we must first learn to be a disciple. Apprenticeship starts with a powerful and compelling vision of Jesus, his kingdom and the life he has to offer. Apprenticeship requires intentional time in the presence of the Teacher. To be an apprentice of Jesus is to "constantly seek to be in his presence and be guided, instructed, and helped by him in every aspect of our lives" -Dallas Willard Apprenticeship results in a changed life - starting with an inner transformation and moving outward. Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples." (John 8:31)
We are to encourage one another in our whole-life discipleship the way Paul encouraged Timothy.