Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by Siew Lan   

Topic : Abiding in Christ – The Disciple’s Cross
Speaker: Pr Lee Peng Chiat
Scriptures: John 15:1-17 ; Luke 9:23
Date: 2 JANUARY 2011

 

As we start 2011 – any resolutions?  With the Lord’s help, we can do better, we can live a life of significance. Where to get directions and guidance? Look to our Lord.

Matthew 4:12-22

Jesus began his ministry by going to north of Palestine, to the tribes of Napthali and Zebuun,to fulfil the prophecy found in Isaiah 9 . He brought light to the people there, He preached, He continued the ministry of John the Baptist, He called disciples, He made disciples.This new year we also want to ‘make disciples’.

For some, the year ahead may look gloomy – election...?  strife ... uncertainties. Are we like people living in darkness -  in the land of the shadow of death – because of terminal illnesses, because we do not know our position in Christ?

What is Jesus’ solution? He says – Repent, for the kingdom is near; Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men. This is the Lord’s desire. As we hear this we must move in this direction.

Jesus wants us to abide in Him. John 15:1-17 . If we are His disciples, we need to abide in Him. Which is better… abiding in our own abilities or abiding in the will of God?

Luke 9:23 – this is a continuation of what Jesus wants us to do – deny ourselves and carry the cross.

John 15:8 – we all desire to be Jesus’ disciples, His followers, to call Him Lord and Master. As His disciples, we must follow Him and make disciples of others.

What is Discipleship?

“Christian discipleship is developing a personal lifelong obedient relationship with Jesus Christ in which He transforms your character into Christlikeness, changes your values into kingdom values, and involves you in His mission in the home, the church and in the world.”

You will experience and develop a deeper relationship with Christ through the 6 disciplines embodied in the disciple’s cross involving the 3 elements of denying/renouncing a self-centered life, carry the cross and following Jesus.

The 6 disciplines:-

1. Spend time with the Master –  Christ is to have priority in everything. John 15:5 –without Christ  we can do nothing. Abide in Him and we will bear much fruit.

2. Live in the Word –  the Word is our food. John 8:31-32 – we can receive the Word by hearing, reading, meditating and applying

3. Pray in Faith – John 15:7 teaches that if we abide in Christ and His words abide in us, ask whatever  we wish and it will be done for you.

4. Fellowship with believers – John 13:34-35 – God has provided us an ideal place to go to – the church – in order to grow in Christ.

5. Witness to the world – John 15:8 – A life in Christ involves sharing Christ with others. Witnessing is a natural outgrowth of living with Christ.

6. Minister to others – John 15:13 - As the fruit of the Spirit grows in our life we will natural reach out to others. A life in Christ should continue to grow and expand, to reach out and move out.

The goal of discipleship is to grow in all these:-

ONE  Lord

TWO Relationships – vertical and horizontal

THREE Commitments – deny self, carry the cross, follow Christ

FOUR Resources – Word, Prayer, Fellowship, Witness

FIVE Ministries – Teaching & Preaching, Worship & Intercession, Nurture, Evangelism, Service

SIX Disciplines


Will your new year resolution be……..

Be a  fruitful disciple for Christ and make your life count for the Lord

 

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