Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by Siew Lan   

Topic : Spend Time with the Master
Speaker: Dr Lee Kok Tee
Scriptures: Luke 9:23 ; John 15:1-17
Date: 23 JANUARY 2011

Avery T. Wallis defines Christian Discipleship as ‘developing a personal, lifelong, obedient relationship with Jesus Christ in which He transform your character into Christlikeness; changes your values into Kingdom values; and involves you in His mission in the home, the church and the world.’

A Christian disciple is one who follows Christ as described in Luke 9:23

Deny self

  • put Jesus at the centre
  • does not mean rejecting own identity / personality
  • renounce self-centred life
  • no other person(s) take precedence (Luke 14:26 )
  • no possession takes precedence (Luke 14:33 )
Take up his cross
  • cross is not identified only with suffer
  • cross is identified with mission – Jesus’ priority/focus was on the purpose/mission God set before him (Philippians 2:7-8 ; Hebrews 12:2 )
Follow
  • secret of discipleship is the Lordship of Jesus
  • to be able to follow someoneis to obey what he tells us to do
  • key to discipleship is obedience
  • Luke 6:46
  • James 1:22
  • we obey as a response to God’s love (John 15:9-10 )
  • we deepen our relationship with Him (John 15:14-15 )
  • we experience His working through us – bearing fruit and seeing answers to prayers (John 15:16 )
  • obedience requires adjustments – Henry Breckerbie said “You cannot stay where you are and go with God at the same time.”
  • obedience is costly to you and those around you
  • obedience requires total dependence on God to work through you

John 15:5 is about ‘total dependence’

  • how do we find the strength or resource to do what He demands or asks of us – especially in ‘God-size’ assignments?
  • John 15:5 says… ‘apart from me you can do nothing’
  • we start with the desire and decision
  • stay in right relationship with Him and depend on Him

To spend time with the Master….

  • make personal quiet time the top priority of our day
  • select or block out a time
  • morning is good to start the day with God
  • prepare the night before – eg. set alarm
  • select a place
  • gather the materials together
  • develop a balanced plan of bible reading and prayer
  • pray for guidance
  • have a guide
  • meditate / memorise scriptures
  • makes notes/ keep a journal
  • pray in response to bible readings
  • A.C.T.S.
  • be persistent until you are consistent – strive for consistency rather than length of time
  • focus on the person (Christ) rather than on developing the habit of having quiet time

It is not about developing a good habit but it is about developing a relationship with God.

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