June 1

  • Peter 3:18a but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

One of the things that bothers me is when I come across people who stop growing and stop learning. They resign themselves to living out the rest of their lives as virtual mental vegetables, never challenging themselves, never trying new things. But then every so often you read about a 90-something year-old who gets a college degree, or skydives for the first time. Those are the types of people that impress me because they’ve chosen not to sit on the sidelines in mental retirement. The game is still on!

Christian, you and I are told to grow and learn continually until God calls us home. We are to learn more about Jesus and more about His Word. Some of the knowledge will be intellectual, and some of it will be practical life application driven by our mistakes, or by finding new ways to do things. But we are never given permission to retire as Christians. Things may change in our lives which prevent us from doing what we did in the past (especially as age creeps up on us), but we should never just exist. That is a sin.

For us, we are told to be disciples. Disciples follow Jesus, learn what He wants them to know, and imitate Him. It’s a continual life-long process. And our lesson Sunday was that Jesus requires people to keep His Word and endure until the end.

The teacher-disciple relationship requires us to be disciples under godly, spiritual, biblical teachers. Moreover, we are also to be the teachers with disciples under us. If you’re a parent with children in your home, then your children are your main discipling ministry. If you have no children at home, then look for someone else, younger in the faith. But, nevertheless, we need both to teach and to learn.

Did you know that Willie Nelson is 87, is a 2nddegree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, and at 81 was awarded a 5thdegree blackbelt in GongKwon Yusul? The interesting thing about martial arts (besides classic country musicians sporting pony tails and getting blackbelts) is that you are always a disciple, and as you progress you also become a teacher. That means Willie Nelson is able to teach people but is still under the mentorship of his master who still trains him after all these years.

  1. Are you teachable? _________________________________________
    1. I understand that all of us have different levels of teachability. I have to constantly check myself to see if I’m resting on my previous knowledge, or if I’m prideful about what I think I know. Remember the Pharisees were not teachable when it came to learning from Jesus.
  2. Who are you investing in (i.e. who are you discipling)? ________________________________________________________
    1. Each of us need to have at least one person in our lives. The Great Commission is not, “Go therefore and get people saved”, but rather, “Go therefore and make disciples”.
  • John 1: 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
  1. The above verse is dealing with spiritual children.
    1. What are these spiritual children doing? ___________________________________________________
    2. And how does the Apostle John respond? ___________________________________________________
    3. When discipling others, our textbook is obviously the Bible. But, what are a few things we should target when teaching the Bible (to ensure our trainees are “walking in the truth”)? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. Do you love the Bible? I mean, truly, deeply find it more interesting than anything else? You just love digging into it each day? You love learning new things about it? ________________________________
    1. If you don’t, then start today spending more time in it. When things are tough, when things are great, you need to be consistently feasting off the food God has offered you in His Word.

DiscipleSong sung by Petra, written by Bob Hartman

Love flowing around me

A new found peace inside

I’ve made a decision

And now I’m satisfied

 

Jesus told me to follow

And to count the cost I’m willing to pay

I know I’m not worthy

And I know it’s not the easiest way

 

[Chorus]

I just want to be

I just want to be

I just want to be His disciple

 

I lived a delusion

With no one else to blame

I found a solution

When I called on His name

 

I may not have money or riches

But I found something better to be

To be a servant of Jesus

He means more than the world to me

 

[Chorus]

I just want to be

I just want to be

I just want to be His disciple

 

The fields are ready for harvest

But the laborers are few

I just want to be where the Lord can use me

And work until the day is through

 

[Chorus]

I just want to be

I just want to be

I just want to be His disciple

 

All of my life I’ve been searching

For the person who hides in me

I finally found someone

Who could make me who I want to be

 

[Chorus]

I just want to be

I just want to be

I just want to be His disciple

 

I can’t wait to see Him

Just want to hear Him say

“Well done faithful servant

Enter into joy today”

 

I can’t wait to see Him

Just want to hear Him say

“Well done faithful servant

Enter into joy today”