Marked

3/7/2021 -

Jesus began his ministry by calling men and women to follow him and be his disciples. Today, the invitation of Jesus remains the same:to follow him as his students and to embrace his life and teaching in every area of our lives.

In This Series

Called to compassion

CALLED TO MAKE DISCIPLES

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CALLED TO MAKE DISCIPLES

YOU ARE CALLED TO MAKE DISCIPLES. 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…" Matthew 28:19-20

go: poreuomai (por-yoo'-om-ahee): to travel, depart, go, take a journey. It could be translated “as you go.”


Disciple—learner, pupil, follower, adherent.


TWO MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DISCIPLING

I AM NOT READY TO DISCIPLE ANYONE. 

I DON’T NEED SOMEONE TO DISCIPLE ME. 


YOU CAN MAKE DISICPLES

BY YOUR EXAMPLE. 

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. Philippians 3:17

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1

follow: mimetes (mim-ay-tace'); to follow or imitate. 

WITH YOUR WORDS. 

But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see." Deuteronomy 3:28

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24


GET YOUR CALL ON: RIDICULOUS COMMITMENT

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GET YOUR CALL ON: RIDICULOUS COMMITMENT

So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” 21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. 1 Kings 19:19-21

[Elisha] was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. 1 Kings 19:19b

Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 1 Kings 19:19c

TWO PRINCIPLES OF RIDICULOUS COMMITMENT

YOU DON’T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND FULLY TO OBEY IMMEDIATELY.

Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” 
1 Kings 19:20  


THOSE GOD USES THE MOST ARE THE ONES WHO HOLD ON TO THE LEAST.  

So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant. 1 Kings 19:21

DIGGING DITCHES: RIDICULOUS FAITH

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DIGGING DITCHES: RIDICULOUS FAITH


YOUR GREATEST NEED BECOMES A BLESSING WHEN IT DRIVES YOU TO DEPEND ON GOD.

9 So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them. 10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the Lord called us three kings together only to deliver us into the hands of Moab?” 11 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?” An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” 12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the Lord is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him. 2 Kings 3:9-12

Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Why do you want to involve me? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.” “No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the Lord who called us three kings together to deliver us into the hands of Moab.” 14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.” 2 Kings 3:13-14

But now bring me a harpist. 2 Kings 3:15   

…Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. 16 And he said, "Thus says the Lord: 'Make this valley full of ditches.’” 2 Kings 3:15-16 NKJV

For this is what the Lord says: “You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also deliver Moab into your hands.” 2 Kings 3:17-18


FAITH THAT WORKS

ONLY GOD CAN SEND THE WATER, BUT SOMETIMES HE WANTS YOU TO DIG A DITCH.

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. James 2:26 NLT


REAL FAITH BELIEVES BIG BUT IS WILLING TO START SMALL.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin… Zechariah 4:10 NLT

The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water. 2 Kings 3:20