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PASTOR SCHWARZ SPECIAL: My Redeemer Is Faithful and True
THE GREAT OMISSION: THE NECESSITY OF DISCIPLESHIP
What are we commanded to do? Do we know entirely what it is that we’re commanded to do? We are told to give the gospel, and to be engaged in the continuious act of teaching those who trust Christ. Is it more than Sunday school? What God had in mind was discipleship. This is often the greatest failure in the church today.
Discipleship–Who is it for? Anyone who gets saved. It’s to bring people who get saved into an intimate relationship with Christ. You have to get it on your own by yourself. Salvation and discipleship are not the same thing, but they must work together. Salvation gets you on the train, but discipleship improves the quality of your trip. There’s a lot of track between where you left and where you’re going. The ticket to first-class is discipleship. We must show the saved how to develop a relationship with the Savior for themselves. What do I do with what I just got? And why?
Where does it begin? When we understand that we do really need eachother and commit to eachother in friendships with Christ as the focus. Only when devoted Christians obey the command to teach (as in verse 20). We are all in this together. Everyone is at a different spiritual level. If we make the effort, we can seek out and create relationships with others that are spiritually beneficial to both parties. A friendship must start before any real teaching can begin. We are all in this together. We are all called to be disciplers. Have God shown you some things in your life? If so, you’ve got something to teach! Anyone can be a friend. Realize that people are worth the investment of your time. Count on God to do the teaching through your friendship.
What do we teach in structured discipleship? It’s as much what you’re taught as how you’re taught. There is no dumb question. Go at your own pace. Two are better than one. If you fall alone, who’s going to be there to pick you up? Teach Bible and Bible alone. Don’t teach preferences. Don’t teach what to think, but HOW to think for yourself.
Know the whys to doing things. Decide to be a friend, not a know-it-all. We’re all in this together and we all need eachother. Look around you to see who needs you to be their friend. God will bless both you and that other person. Have a friendship with the focus on Christ. Be a friend, have a friend. Let’s get busy teaching!
Intro by: Associate Pastor Ed Schwarz
How to Pitch a Tent/Why Lot Flopped
We don’t often recognize emotional or spiritual dangers. God knows what’s best for you, and it may not be the same thing that is best for someone else. God expects you to posess your posessions, not to allow them to posess you. You can’t be honest with God until you’re honest with yourself. How do you hold your posessions? It determines the decisions you make in your life. How do you view the things you’ve got? It’s a lot easier to manage your things with an open hand.
We undervalue the importance of the decisions we make today and their impact on tomorrow’s. The things we see are temporary. Be careful who you allow to influence you, because you will become what they are.
The tent represents your life. What are you going to pitch your tent towards? Which way and how are you pitching your tent? What have you turned yourself over to or given yourself over for? God often has more for us if we would just wait on His timing. God has so much for us!
Don’t straddle the fence spiritually. God didn’t save Lot from himself more than He will save us from ourselves. We choose to make God Lord of our life or to reject His leadership. Is there any proof in our lives/the way we pitch our tents that we are Christians? Look at things through God’s eyes and not your own.
Where are you pitching your tent? Are you serving God? Do things His way. He’s got so much to give! He wants to bless you. What are you going to do with what you hear? When are we going to wake up? When are we going to decide to make a change? Resist the temptation to submit too much to time-consuming temporal things.