This week's message is Making Disciples. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
Friends of Unrighteous Riches
In Luke 16:1-13, Jesus tells a parable about a steward who is about to lose his job because he had been wasting his master's goods. When the steward learns that he is going to be fired, he marks down the bills of people who owe his master. He is commended for acting shrewdly, and Jesus says the children of light should learn something from this story about interacting with others in the world.
Today we take a look at the issue of true discipleship from the point of view of business wisdom, and explore what the Bible says a true Christian is, seeing that the world does for their profit what the church has largely failed to do for the Kingdom of Heaven. Finally, we are issued a challenge that, if accepted, will change our lives and the eternal destiny of more souls than we can imagine.
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What Is A True Disciple?
There are many opinions, both official and common, about what a true Christian is. Is it someone who goes to church? Is it someone who has said a sinner's prayer? Is it someone who performs rituals and observes various traditions?
In Matthew chapter 28, Jesus gives what we call the Great Commission: "Go into all the world and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you."
Does this mean that "somebody" in the church is supposed to do this? And as long as there are Christians doing this, we're okay no matter whether we ever lead a single person to Jesus ourselves?
Let's ponder what Jesus says making a disciple means. He says to make disciples like this: "Baptising (immersing) them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe (obey, follow) all that I have commanded you." So discipleship is not a matter of putting a name on a role; rather, discipleship is a process of duplication.
This means that if we are to be Christians in the true sense of the word, we must be disciples; and a disciple is one who obeys the Word of God and teaches others to do the same. By definition, a disciple makes disciples. Otherwise, he or she has not been discipled properly. Take the challenge. Write down your testimony (this is the type of "advertising" that works). And YOU make disciples of all nations.
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