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Sermon: February 7, 2010 Worshipping Disciples

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Jesus Christ – Body Builder IX

Worshipping Disciples Make Disciples

Thistletown Baptist Church

February 7, 2010

1. Introduction

a. We are looking at what the NT teaches us about the church.

i. This is now week 8 and what we have done is consider the definition of a disciple. The church is made up of followers of Jesus Christ. These followers are called disciples and Jesus says some very powerful things about what a disciple is. The point of those seven weeks is to get you to examine yourself and see if you have the marks of a disciple.

(1) So far

(a) Knows who Jesus is – The Christ, the Son of God – Mt. 16:18

(i) Do you have a biblical view of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you serve Him as the Christ, the Messiah, the anointed of God, a real man who really lived and really died and really became one of us? Do you worship Him as the eternal son of God, the Lord of glory, the Creator of all things, the One who alone can deal with sin and who will receive the worship of multitudes in glory? No? Then you are not a disciple of Jesus Christ, which means that you are not saved, which means that you are still under the righteous judgement of God

(b) Takes up his cross daily and follows Christ – Mt. 16:24-28

(i) Have you taken up your cross to follow Jesus? Have you died to yourself so that you can live for Him?

(c) Loves his fellow disciples – John 13:34-35

(i) Do you love the followers of Jesus? Do you have the marks of love that will arise from the heart of those who love others?

(d) Fasts for the return of Christ, the conversion of sinners – Mt. 9:14-15

(e) Will be like his teacher – Mt. 10:24-25

(i) Have you known the disagreement, the opposition, that is inevitable for those who follow Christ?

(f) Hates his father and mother – Luke 14:25

(i) Is Christ the most precious thing in the world to you, even more precious than the closest relationships that oyu can possibly have?

(g) Abides in Christ and bears fruit – John 15:1-11

(i) Do you abide in Christ and are you bearing the fruit that Jesus said true disciples will bear?

The NT is clear that all these marks, except one, are crucial marks of being a follower of Jesus Christ. The one exception is fasting. And while we are not told that all disciples of Christ must fast as evidence of their faith, Jesus does say that His followers will fast after He is gone from the earth. So fasting is a mark of followers of Christ.

The church is made up of followers of Jesus Christ. Disciples, and disciples only are in its membership. It is not a service club that people join in order to help people. It is not a community organization designed to make the neighbourhood a better place to live. It is not an friendship circle that people go to, to enjoy fellowship with others. It will do all those things and more because of what it really is. It is a group of people who have been bought by Jesus Christ out of a life of rebellion against God and brought into the worship of God. It is the body of Christ, the family of God, the bride of Christ, the temple of God. It is a group of people who have discovered the reason for their existence and live for the praises of the One who revealed it to them. It is that for which Christ sits as the victorious ruler over all of creation. The church is a marvel. And there is nothing that gives greater joy than being a part of it. And nothing has caused me more grief and heartache than working in it. But there is nothing more glorious than the church of Jesus Christ, the people of God. And one day He will make it even more glorious and it will be without stain or wrinkle; sinless, glorified, conformed to the image of Christ. Jesus loves the church and we must love it too.

b. So now that we have considered who it is that makes up the church, where do we go from here? We go to Acts 2:41-42. Continue reading “Sermon: February 7, 2010 Worshipping Disciples”