March 17, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1885
#1 in series
On Earth As It Is In Heaven
Who’s your one? Imagine if every Christian could answer that question with the name of a person who is far from God—a person they’re praying for and seeking to share the gospel with. Join us and commit to sharing the gospel with just one person. Who is it that you can't get oï¬€ your mind? Who keeps showing up in your life that you need to intentionally share the gospel with? Who needs to hear your story of how you came to Christ? We need a passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He oï¬€ers through Jesus Christ. If we partner together in prayer and sharing our faith, just imagine the diï¬€erence it will make in countless lives! It can all start with one – your one step of obedience in sharing with one other person. Who’s your one?
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When you read the New Testament, you learn that the world ï¬rst called the believers “Christians” in Antioch (see Acts 11:26). The word is only used three times in the New Testament. The concept of discipleship is rich in the Hebrew culture and also served as the basis for apprenticeships and mentors:
• All Hebrew boys went to Torah school at age 5.
• By age 10, all young boys knew the Torah. The best and brightest went on to study further; the rest returned to the family business.
• At age 17, if a young man wanted to be a teacher or leader, he found a rabbi he admired and became his follower or disciple.
• When he found one, he would go and sit at his feet – meaning, “I surrender myself. I want to learn from you.”
• The rabbi would examine him to see if he was worthy of being a disciple.
• The rabbi made this decision based on someone he believed would live, think, and act like him, then the rabbi would mentor the young man until the rabbi’s DNA was in the young disciple.
I. JESUS CHOSE THE WILLING
“God skipped the wise of the day! The great scholars were in Egypt; the great library was in Alexandria; the great philosophers were in Athens; the powerful were in Rome. He passed over Herodotus the historian and Socrates the great thinker and Julius Caesar. He chose men so ordinary it was comical. No rabbis, no teachers, no religious experts...” – John MacArthur
“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the ï¬‚esh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctiï¬cation, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.’” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
II. GOD’S CHOOSING IS FOR US TO FOLLOW
III. GOD’S CHOOSING IS FOR FELLOWSHIP
IV. GOD’S CHOOSING RESULTS IN OUR SURRENDER
V. GOD’S CHOOSING BRINGS POWER TO FULFILL OUR CALLING
The term “ï¬shers of men” was not new. The Greek and Roman philosophers used it to describe the person who seeks to catch others by teaching or persuasion. Fishing for men is one of the pictures of evangelism in the Bible.
“When will the church learn this lesson? Preaching to the masses, although necessary, will never suï¬ƒce in the work of preparing leaders for evangelism. Nor can occasional prayer meetings and training classes for Christian workers do this job. Individual women and men are God’s method. God’s plan for discipleship is not something, but someone.” – Robert Coleman
I’ve been at this long enough to have heard all the objections and excuses:
Prayer leads us to love God, grow together, serve others, and change the world.
• Be faithful to worship God personally and corporately.
• Be involved in Bible Study on Sunday mornings. Grow together.
• Be a servant. Care for others and serve them. Serve our city.
• Be a change agent. Change the world by being a disciple who shares your faith.