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By Stuart Briscoe Text: John 1:35 - 51 and John 6 Topic: How to be a disciple Big Idea: The essence of discipleship is relationship. T HE M EANING OF D ISCIPLESHIP ©2009 Christianity Today International PreachingToday.com
The Meaning of Discipleship | Stuart Briscoe | PreachingToday.com 2 Sermon Outline: Introduction It is impossible to be a teacher without a pupil, or a pupil without a teacher. Illustration: Historically, the Greeks made heavy use of discipleship Illustration: The Jews produced schools of discipleship around Moses, the rabbis, and the Pharisees. Illustration: John the Baptist had his disciples. Jesus has all these examples of discipleship, and does something completely different. It Is Fundamental to Discipleship that We Be in Relationship with Christ Jesus offered his disciples a relationship with himself. Discipleship is not about a relationship with procedure, only with Christ. It Is Fundamental to Discipleship that We Move from Curious to Convinced John 6 Jesus did miracles to establ ish his credentials but also to get people's attention. Never confuse the mass of the curious with the disciples Jesus wants to make. Jesus wants to bring us out of the realm of the curious into the glorious company of the convinced. It Is Fundamental to Discipleship that We Move from Convinced to Committed Many of the curious turned away at Jesus' hard words about his body and blood. We need to come to the point of feeding only on Christ for salvation. Conclusion The measure of discipleship is the reality of the relationship I have with Christ. A disciple is not perfect but cannot live in blatant disobedience. Discipleship is an exclusive, exhaustive relationship of mutual commitment.
The Meaning of Discipleship | Stuart Briscoe | PreachingToday.com 3 Sermon Transcript Introduction In those days all kinds of people had disciples, and two of the Greek words that were in common use at that time were didaskalos , which means teacher, and mathētēs , which means pupil or disciple. Now it was impossible for a didaskalos , teacher, to be a teacher unless he had mathētēs. It was equally impossible to be a mathētēs , a pupil or a disciple, unless you had a teacher. It was the relationship between m athētēs and didaskalos, between pupil and teacher that was the essence of discipleship. I want us to get hold of that basic idea. The essence of discipleship is relationship. Now just to sketch in some background so that we can get the feel for the days in which our Lord lived and was exercising his ministry of making disciples, let me just point out one or two things to you. The Greeks, to whom we often refer if we want to understand the days of our Lord, were very much into this whole idea of schools of thought. Teachers, the didaskalos , the teacher who gathered together his little group of disciples. And this is usually based on the idea of a certain philosophy. A teacher would have a certain philosophy. He would gather around people who related to him on the basis of philosophy. The key word was disciple. The essence of what was going on was the relationship that existed between a teacher of a certain philosophy and those who went along with his philosophy. The Greeks were very fascinated with the world in which they lived. They were keen observers. They noticed, for instance, that rivers kept flowing. They believed that no man could step into the river twice for two reasons. One because if you stepped into the river the second time it would no longer be the same river you stepped in because the river you stepped into was downstream. The second reason was you wouldn't be the same person anyway. Everything was changing. And so they were captivated in some schools of thinking of this whole idea of change and motion. And so certain philosophers would get into this observation of change and motion, and they would gather their disciples around and they would be into this change and motion thing. Then another philosopher sat down and thought about that and said , "If an atom is going to go from point A to point B before it can get from A to B , it has to go half the distances. But before it can go half the distance it has to go a quarter the distance. But before it goes a quarter of the distance it goes an eighth, a sixteenth, a thirty-second, a sixty-fourth, a hundred and twenty-eighth, two hundred and fifty-six, five hundred and twelve, one thousand and twenty-four, two thousand forty- eight, on and on and on and on and on." To in the end you come to the point whe re it isn't moving at all. Therefore, he said the essence of motion is non-motion. Therefore motion is an impossibility. He gathered his school around.
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