Background reading: Matt. 4:12-20, Mark 3:14; Luke 19:10; John 15:4; John 15:11
Wednesday -Read Luke 19:10. For what purpose did the Son of Man come to Earth?
Friday-What does John 15:4 say is necessary for a branch to bear fruit? How does this apply to our relationship with the Lord?
Saturday- According to John 15:11, why did Christ teach that are to abide in Him?
The measure of our ministry must always be in our likeness to Christ. All over the world, churches have fallen into the "success syndrome." Just as we cannot become a Christian without Christ, we cannot live the Christian life without Christ. If we are going to have spiritual ends, we must have spiritual means.
There is no self-made spiritual men. Notice in the heart of this verse, the Lord says, "I will make you fishers of men." Following Christ and fishing for men is for every Christian.
Out of our worship comes our work. The first call on our lives is a call to be "with him" ( Mark 3:14). The worst thing that can happen to us is to succeed having left Christ out.
God wants you to worship Him, to abide in Him, and to spend time Him so that whatever you are called on to do can be done in a way that glorifies Him and brings the greatest satisfaction to your life.
God has designed the entire Christian life so that there is no deep satisfaction of the soul when God has not been placed where He should be placed in our lives.
Christ found men who had been catching live fish and casting them aside to die. He called them to fish for men who were dead in trespasses and sins and would be made alive through the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the priority.
Christians have a greater work to do than simply making the world a better place from which to go to hell. Activity is a very poor substitute for spirituality. Christ said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Following Christ and fishing for men must remain our priority.
The Lord Jesus transforms our lives. When He found us, we were not fishers of men; we were involved in other things.
Our hearts need to be changed. It is only the Lord Jesus who can change our priorities. If He has not made us fishers of men, it is because we are not following Him. If we are following Him, He is going to make us fishers of men.
We follow Christ by abiding in Him (John 15:4). We follow Christ as we rejoice in Him each day. He gives us His joy (John 15:11). He has called us to be "with Him," and then He sends us forth to preach (Mark 3:14).
"The Demands of Discipleship"
Luke 14:2-15:2; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 8:29-31; Philippians 2:5-8.
Monday- in Luke 2:24, to whom does Christ show kindness? To whom does He teach we are to show kindness?
Tuesday- What phrase is repeated three times in Luke 14:25-33
Wednesday- Which two contrasting groups does Christ identify in Luke 14:35-15:2.
Thursday- According to Ephesians 2:8-9 how are we saved?
Friday- Read Philippians 2:5-8. How did Christ display the mind we are to have in us?
Saturday- In John 8:29-31, what does Christ give as a condition for us to be His Disciples?
THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP LESSON
"And whosoever does not bear his cross, and come after me cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27
The Lord Jesus Christ has called us to follow Him. Is it your heart's desire to be a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ? In the Bible, He sets before us what we must do if we intend to truly follow Him.
Three times in Luke 14:2-15:2 our Lord repeats a phrase. In the twenty-sixth verse, the Bible says, "He cannot be disciple," In the twenty-seventh verse, the Bible says, "cannot be my disciple." In the thirty-third verse, the Bible says, "He cannot by my disciple."
Many people are misled about discipleship. We try to disciple people once they receive Christ as Savior, trying to get them grounded in the Word of God. But to become a disciple means more than most make of it. Some say that to be a disciple is to be a follower, but it goes beyond being a follower to being like Christ.
BECAUSE HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR US, WE GIVE OURSELVES TO HIM.
THE MUST OF DISCIPLESHIP:
When Christ says three times, "He cannot be my disciple," He gives us insight into what must be done in order to be His disciple.
He said to them, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."
IS IT YOUR HEART'S DESIRE TO BE A TRUE FOLLOWER OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST?
The Lord laid down these terms. Any time there comes a conflict between father and mother, husband and wife, son or daughter, or a conflict between any of these and Christ, Christ must be chosen.
Our Lord said that our cross must be borne if we are going to be His disciples (Luke 14:27). This means emptying ourselves and pouring ourselves out for our dear Savior. Because He gave Himself for us (Philippians 2:5-8), we give ourselves to Him.
THE MISSION OF THE LORD:
His mission is our mission. The Lord Jesus said in Luke 14:28-33, "I am building, and I am battling. If I am going to build what I must build, I must have people who will pay the price to build it. If I am going to wage war against the Devil, I must have warriors who will work with Me and stand with Me.
He has thoroughly surveyed His building and battling. We cannot do our part in this work unless we meet His demands.
HIS MISSION IS OUR MISSION
Do not complain about the cost of discipleship. Think about the mission of Christ. He is come to seek and to save that which is lost. We should be with Him, building until the work is done and battling until the victory is won. God's word is nor for cowards or quitters.
THE MEN WHO HEAR HIM:
The Bible says in Luke 14:35, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Not everyone has ears to hear. Notice as the passage continues in Luke 15:1-2, "Then drew near to him all the tax gatherers and sinners to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them."
If the Lord Jesus is who He says He is, if heaven and hell are real places, and if Christ is the only way to heaven, then we should be willing to do what He says in order to be His disciples.
Many of us are only kidding ourselves into thinking that we are serving Him. If we are going to build with Him and battle with Him, we must be willing to obey His commands.
WE SHOULD BE WITH HIM, BUILDING UNTIL THE WORK IS DONE AND BATTLING UNTIL THE VICTORY IS WON.
Discipleship Lesson #4
"The Multitudes require multiplication"
John 6:1-14; Hebrews 2:0; John 3:16; Mark 6:31-44; John 6:35.
Monday- Compare Hebrews 2:9 with John 3:16. Why did Christ come to Earth?
Tuesday- In John 6:35, what does Christ call himself? What promise does He give concerning this comparison?
Wednesday- What does Mark 6:30-32 tell us that the Lord Jesus and the disciples wanted to do?
Thursday- According to Mark 6:33-34, how did Christ react when the crowds followed Him into the desert?
Friday- Contrast the words of the disciples and the words of Christ in Mark 6:35-37.
Saturday- In John 6:1-14, what were the results of Christ giving out five loaves and two fishes to about 5 thousand people?
THE MULTITUDES REQUIRE MULTIPLICATION:
"And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes in me shall never thirst." John 6:35
The work of God is the work of multiplication. In John 6:1-14, the disciples of our Lord witnessed this miracle first-hand.
We know from God;s Word that the gospel is for all people. The Good News is that the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, came to earth and tasted death for every man (Hebrews 2:9). He died for our sins. He was buried and rose from the grave alive forevermore.
You cannot tell the story of salvation to the wrong person.
THE GOSPEL HAS NEVER LOST IT POWER. IT MUST BE PROCLAIMED. ROMANS 1:16
THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST:
The disciples had been on a preaching mission. When they returned, they were tired, but they wanted to testify and speak of what God had done. When the Lord Jesus heard their reports, He said to them in Mark 6:31, "Come yourselves into a desert place, and rest a while"
CHRIST'S DISCIPLES NEEDED TO LEARN THE SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST TOWARD PEOPLE
The Bible says in Mark 6:34 that when the Lord saw the multitude that gathered in the place they had intended to have their private retreat, He "was moved with compassion toward them." He suffered with them-- not because they needed bread, but because they were as sheep without a shepherd.
The disciples' attitude was, "Send them away" (Mark 6:36), but this was not the spirit of Christ. Our feelings toward people are directly related to our fellowship with the Lord.
THE COMMAND CHRIST GAVE TO HIS DISCIPLES:
The disciples were saying, " Let's get rid of our problems by getting rid of the people." There is no way these disciples could feed that multitude but Christ said, "you Give them something to eat."
God has commanded us to preach the gospel to every creature. This cannot be done in our own strength. We may know His plan, but his work still cannot be accomplished unless we have His power. The multitudes require multiplication of disciples. We need a revival of complete and total dependence upon God.
THERE SHOULD BE A WELL-WORN PATH IN OUR LIVES THAT LEADS STRAIGHT TO CHRIST
COMING TO CHRIST:
The miracle of multiplication happened when the disciples obeyed Christ's command. After the disciples divided the people into groups, they came to Christ to get what they needed to feed the people. Every time they went to the Lord Jesus , there were enough to take care of their hundred or their fifty.
If we could get a bird's eye view of the hillside that day, we would see many well-worn paths leading straight to the Lord Jesus. Do you know what brings us closer to God? We run to Him when we face an impossibility that we cannot handle.
God's supply is never exhausted no matter how great the demand (John 6:13). You discover this great supply only as you reach the demand. Christ said in John 6:35, "I am the bread of life." He can provided everything we need. We must trust Him and seek Him for what we need to His work.
THE DISCIPLES OF OUR LORD WITNESSED FIRST-HAND THE MIRACLE OF MULTIPLICATION.