Three Things Required in Discipleship

(MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 28:16-20)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle RockThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » LutheranThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » ChurchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », Los AngelesMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », CA“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »

June 15, 2014 (Trinity Sunday & FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »’s Day)

 

INTRODUCTION

Today is Trinity Sunday at the same timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » Father’s day. Today is a fitting day to recall the loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » of the Father GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... », and the supportJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » of our human fathers. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers!

In our passage, the disciplesJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » were gathering onthe mountain in Galilee.This was probably the Mount TaborThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... », where, (it is commonly supposed,) JesusWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » had been before transfigured. It seems to have been here also, that he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once (J. WesleyWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... »).

The people present in the passage were the eleven disciples, and Jesus ChristThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... »; some worshipped him, some doubted him. In Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “edistasan” may mean “they hung in suspense,” as the scales of the balance, when it is hard to say which prevails. These doubts were afterward removed, and their faithThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » grew up to a full assurance, and it tended much to the honor of Jesus ChristBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... ».

There are three things that we are going to study here. If we want to be completed“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » in our discipleship“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » we need these three things: the great powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » of God, the great commission, and Jesus’ great assurance among his disciples.

I. Great Powerallauthority1

Jesus said, “All authorityThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » in heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » and on earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » has given to me.” That “authority” is exousiain Greek. Exousia may mean the following: the power of authority (influence) and of right, privilege, forceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... », capacity, competency, freedomThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... », etc. That exousia for me is like the “power of attorney.” The essence of this is that one’s privilege is extended to another person, usually in certain transactions.

Jesus received the exousia or “power of attorney” from His Father, and now he is sharing or giving that to his disciples. The wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », “Therefore” may also mean “as a consequence” “as a result” “because of that” or “I gave you also that power.”

Let me giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » you an example of that power of attorney.

When we are driving on the streets and when a policeman stops us for any reason. We will stop. Why do we stop? We don’t even knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » him, we have no relationshipHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » with him, and it may be the first time we see him. We stop because we see him in police uniform with badge and sometime with pistol. The policeman’s attire symbolizes power given to him by the government, and we stop because we respect the government or else the policeman will force his authority over us in that situation. Like what we see on TV that police cars chase evading cars that don’t want to obey the rule, and the representative of the government.

Yes, indeed, we have that power coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » from God. And it is not our rights per se but it is part of the graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of God and the love of God. There are things that we need to bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » in mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » if we have that power comes from God:

Got Power, Got Responsibility. If we have power from God, it means he trusts us to do his will, and be part of his missionsCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ». That power is not a privilege but a responsibility. If we have responsibility, we have roles“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to do.

The giver of that power expects high from us. He expects us to be honest with the power. He expects us to complete“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » his entrusted missionDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... ». He expects us to do it according to his will, according to his time—not according to our will, not according to our convenience.

When Queen Victoria was a child, she didn’t know she was in line for the throne of England. Her instructors, trying to preparePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » her for the future, were frustrated because they couldn’t motivate her. She just didn’t take her studies seriously.

Finally, her teachers decided to tell her that one day she would become the queen of England. Upon hearing this, Victoria quietly said, “Then I will be goodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... ».” The realization that she had inherited this high callingGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » gave her a sense of responsibility that profoundly affected her conduct from then on (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Brethren, I hope when we hear today that the power is with us, that he entrusts us this power, we might bear in mind that we must be responsible as ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » who has mission in our church and our community. Got power? Got responsibility!

II. Great Commissiongo

In our passage, the great commission is mentioned when Jesus says, “go,” or “go ye,” and it’s a revolutionary commandThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ». It is not only a wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of command, like that, SonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », go work, but also a word of encouragement.  A paradigm shift, contrary to Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » tradition which is “centripetal” (from outside to inside). Jesus’ strategyJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » is “centrifugal” (from outside to inside). He didn’t like us to wait. He commanded us to move from one placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » to another, to move from our comfort zonesThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to critical zones.

What are our comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » zones? When we are watching moviesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... », when we are playing, when we are manipulating our smart phones, when we are sleepingThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... », when we are good, when there is no problem—these are examples of our comfort zones.

If we are in any of this situation, we don’t want to serve God, we don’t want to work for the LordPGF the Lord!. Read more ... », we don’t want do his will for us. A lot of church’s activitiesThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », and God’s missions are in limbo, and are hindered due to laziness, laxity and indifference of church people.

When Jesus said, “Go”– it means we must leave our comfort zones, and venture in critical zones. We might get a paradigm from our firemen. When the alarm sounds, they are running towards their fire truck, so that they could go to the fire zones as soon as possibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... ». They need to be there in fire zones to stop the fire, and to saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » human beings and properties.

When Jesus said to his disciples, “Go”–it means they have to save many lives, they should leave their comfort zones, and go to critical zones. If we have the power from God, we need to be responsible. We need to leave our comfort zones, and go to critical zone to follow God’s will and to save more lives for Christ.

Jesus gave His mission to His disciples- “Make disciples of all nations.” It’s not just sharing the GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... », but making them like us disciples. It is like child rearing. Parents“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » should not only make the baby grow, but they must feed them, guide them, equip them, teach them until they grow up and become matured.

III. Great Assurance

Jesus told about the great assurance“Surely I’m with you always to the very end of the age” meaning “forever”…”anytime” (24/7), and “anywhere.” It’s a great assurance simply because our God will not leave us, he will not depart us even though we could be in critical zones.imawithualways1

Did you already feel that when you are alone? When you are afraid? When you are afraid of the dark? When you are alone in a dark place of your home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », alone in the street, you are afraid that somebody might do you harm.

Yes, indeed, everybody is afraid of the dark, afraid of taking a risk, afraid of doing God’s mission because we are alone. But let’s be reminded of the words of Jesus, “Surely I’m with you always…”

Are we not assured when we hear those words of Jesus? Are we not assured that Jesus is beside us now, protecting us, helping us, and empowering us?

CONCLUSION

Jesus instructed his followers to make disciples, and baptize newly converts with this ritual, in the nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ».”—one of the many verses used to prove about the existence of the Holy Trinity.

We as ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » upon receiving the power of God, the commission and his assurance to us, we need to “markJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »” our converts with the name of the Holy Trinity, “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »because in doing that we give all the gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » to our Father God, to our SaviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », and to the ComforterHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... ».

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