Over the next few posts, I will be sharing the basic outline of a series of lessons on discipleship. These are the lessons were are studying together at Central Church of Christ. Our aim is that we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them … Continue reading Discipleship: Lesson One
We come to the final post on Following Jesus. And this time we switch gears just a bit. We know that Jesus, as God's Son, as the Messiah (Christ), is worth following. But are we worthy of following Him? Jesus explains that we are by discussing our value to Him and to ourselves. He asks, … Continue reading Following Jesus: Are we Worthy?
Last time we wrapped up our post stating: "Life in Christ is not about me. I give up my life, my things, my desires, my passions, my sin." We do that by taking up a cross. Luke 9:23, records Jesus saying, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his … Continue reading Following Jesus: Take Up Your Cross
"I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, no turning back." Those are the lyrics to a song I learned while in elementary school at Escambia Christian School in Pensacola, Florida. I still sing those lyrics 40 years later. What does it … Continue reading Following Jesus: Denying Self
What does it mean to follow? What does Jesus expect of His disciples? Jesus lays out the level of commitment He requires. Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but … Continue reading Follow Jesus
Welcome back to our journey together. I pray that by now this walk is a part of your daily routine. I pray that as we walk together, you are growing closer and closer to our walking companion - Jesus. Today as we walk in His company, there is much to learn. Some of His teachings … Continue reading Journey Through Mark – 10
Welcome to the journey. Today's trek promises to be busy, educational, and challenging. This Jesus, that we are walking with and following around the towns and villages is gathering quite the crowds. There are about 4,000 additional followers in today's story. The more that follow Him, the more opposition He faces from religious authorities. Take … Continue reading Journey Through Mark – 8
Today we continue our Journey through Mark's narrative of the Life of Jesus of Nazareth. The second chapter of Mark contains the following events: Jesus heals a paralyzed man - Mark 2:1-12. Jesus calls a tax collector to be a follower - Mark 2:13-17. Religious leaders ask about Jesus' followers and what they are not … Continue reading A Journey through Mark – 2
There is in our world what I call "Christian Confusion." If you read the papers and magazines or watch news outlets you get the idea that there are a variety of definitions or ideas concerning what or who is a Christian. Many in our world equate being a "Westerner", esp. U.S. citizen, with being a … Continue reading Christian? What or Who are They?
There are four men I want to tell you about who, in my opinion, attained celebrity status. These four men had an impact on my life from my earliest memories. The first man let me know he appreciated me. He told me every time I saw him that he liked me just the way I was. He spent time … Continue reading Your Role Models