January 16: “BECOME WHO YOU ARE IN JESUS!” (#3 of 4)--“I Am a Disciple/Apostle” (Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5-8a; Acts 9:1-18a, 26-28, 36-40; 1 Corinthians 9:1-2; 15:8-11; Ephesians 4:11-16)
As Christ followers, we are on a journey with Jesus. He is not only our Savior and Lord, but our Teacher and Example. As disciples, we are His students, learning from what He says as well as from what He does. Instructed to follow His example, we learn by going forth, sharing both His wisdom and His compassion, maturing from being simply a disciple by becoming an apostle, one who is sent. We are constantly learning, and we’re constantly going forth.
“I AM A DISCIPLE/APOSTLE”
1-Actual Truth: Q-“What is an epistle?” A-“A writtenletter”
2-Dumb Joke: Q-“What is an epistle?” A-“The wife of an apostle!”
1-Disciple = “student”
2-Apostle = “one who is sent forth”
1-In the early Church, a disciple was one who’d become a Christ-follower, i.e., a new believer: “So those who welcomed Peter’s message were baptized, and that day (Pentecost) about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:41-42; emphasis added)
2-In the early Church, an apostle was one who’d seen the risen Christ: Paul writes, “(Jesus) appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:5-10a; emphasis added)
1-All Christ followers are continually meant to be both disciples and apostles
When we gatherinside the church, we are disciples becoming, because we can never stop learning scripture or growing in our faith
When we gooutside the church, we become apostles, sent into the world to become DISCIPLE-MAKERS!
2-All Christ followers are continually meant to become better disciples and apostles
When and how one becomes a believing disciple:
By a powerful and personal conversion, like Paul: “Now as (Saul) was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ He asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.’” (Acts 9:3-5; emphasis added)
Or by gradual, steady growth, like Peter: “(Jesus) asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘but who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’” (Matthew 16:13b-16)
When and how one becomes an active apostle:
When Jesus choses you!: “But Ananias answered, ‘Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.’ But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel.” (Acts 9:13-15; emphasis added)
When YOU fully commit to Jesus! Saul/Paul did so quickly: “For several days Saul was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God.’” (Acts 9:19b-20)
What are you doing to growin your faith as a disciple becoming?
What are you doing to goshow your faith as an apostle becoming?
1-16-21 Traditional Hymns
1-16-21 Contemporary Songs This Is Amazing Grace ~ Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) ~ How He Loves What A Beautiful Name ~ Count Every Blessing
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