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Being a Follower of Christ

In the last few weeks I have had a couple of opportunities to teach teenagers about “discipleship.”  We talked through what the New Testament says about being a follower of Christ.  I am still learning what it means to be a fully committed disciple of Jesus.  Here are the three preliminary conclusions I have distilled from the Scriptures about “discipleship.”

1.  Discipleship is costly.

2.  Discipleship is full-time.

3.  Discipleship is worth it.

Jesus emphasizes over-and-over that following Him is an all-or-nothing proposition.  I think of how the first disciples immediately left their livelihoods and relationships to follow Jesus.  They were by no means perfect and had a lot of room to grow but they did not let that stop them from following Jesus.

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The Gospel for All of Life

October 23-25 Nansemond River Baptist Church (Suffolk, VA) hosted a D*Now weekend for young adults  (“Disciple Now” for those unfamiliar).  I wanted to bring in a few good teachers so I convened the “unlikely disciples” triumvirate.  All of the Bible Study materials and worship services were directly focused on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  The result was a chance to hear, explain, and apply the gospel while modeling how to read a meaningful unit from the text of Scripture.

Below are the four main teaching times from Bryan and Andy (apologies that Bryan’s second message was truncated due to technical difficulties on the recording end).

01 The Gospel Matters (Galatians 1_1-10) 1

02 Gospel Confrontation (Galatians 2_11-16) 1

03 Do I Have a Story to Tell_ (Galatians 4_8-11) 1

04 The Gospel for All of Life (Galations 5_1-6) 1

Radical Discipleship

This summer I am teaching through the gospel of Luke. Jesus’ description of the Kingdom of God is so radical compared to my concept of Christianity as hobby. Jesus’ words are haunting:

“Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters — even one’s one life! — can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple” (Lk. 14:26-27).

Many people followed Jesus (Lk. 14:25), some for selfish reasons. He was a wise teacher and he healed diseases. The large crowds loved Jesus as entertainer. Today many persons self-identify with Christianity for ulterior reasons: social value, political expediency, personal guilt, family tradition, and more. The crowds are not always genuine disciples.

A genuine follower of Jesus — a disciple — participates in every aspect of the life of Christ. As Paul says:

“I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it” (Phil. 3:10-11).

Being a follower of Christ is more than paying God off with a few minutes of Bible reading and prayer. Discipleship is more than a little doctrinal acumen. Discipleship is nothing less than giving every part of my life to the full service of Jesus (Lk. 14:33).

Am I cut out to be a follower of Christ? Do I want to suffer for the glory of God? Do my financial, relational, and temporal priorities reflect a life in which I have renounced all personal ambitions for the sake of the Kingdom of God?