Relational Aspect of Discipleship [Sermon Audio]
Week two of the Made Different to Make a Difference sermon series. It’s our first series in 2018 at CrossPoint. The focus is on the key aspects of discipleship. It has been great so far. It’s setting the tone for the whole year. Ironically, the series is only three weeks long.
We began the series discussing how discipleship is directional. This week, I preached on how discipleship is also relational, from Hebrews 10:23-25.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)
Highlights from the message.
Our faith is relational; thus, discipleship is relational. We were made for community.
Discipleship is like fishing. You cannot catch every kind of fish using the same lure, with the same line, and the same pole. It has to be customized. Programs are like boats, and your pastor is your fishing guide. We are all made fishers of men (cf. Matthew 4:19).
We need to get a grip and take our faith seriously (v.23). Ironically, this means to get a grip on God’s grip of you.
The “confession of our hope” is that “we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20).
If you feel incapable, less mature, or inexperienced, look at the people in the Bible. That’s God’s people of choice. We all have a sphere of influence. God is powerful enough to use you.
We don’t qualify ourselves; God qualifies us. Besides, he doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called. These both come from God.
We need to get a friend, and intentionally help them in their faith (v.24). Let’s carefully think of ways to stir up one another to love and good works. I love how the ESV Study Bible notes write, “Christian perseverance is thus also a community endeavor.
Some believe that unless people call you their “mentor” or “discipler” then you’re not influencing others. Sometimes the only recognition you get is the fact that people around you are growing in Christ.
We need to get ready together (v. 25). Jesus is coming back for us, and we must expect it.
Being on a food diet is much easier to do with friends. The same is true of being on a spiritual diet. Who can you diet with?