Monday, October 12, 2009

Being a Disciple

In a sermon about discipleship I heard and read some things that really hit home. The thought of going beyond has really hit me hard. I feel like I'm just scratching the surface at times. God has granted us salvation through His amazing Son Jesus Christ. His grace, His mercy is amazing. These are some of the quotes from the Bible and a fantastic teacher at Church of Sunday.

“Go therefore and make of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you….”
Matthew 28:19,20

"Christ calls men to carry a cross; we call them to have fun in His name. He calls them to forsake the world; we assure them that if they but accept Jesus the world is their oyster. He calls them to suffer; we call them to enjoy all the comforts of modern civilization. He calls them to holiness; we call them to a cheap happiness that would have been rejected by the least of the philosophers."

Martyrdom of Early Church Leaders

Matthew-Killed by sword wound in Ethiopia
Mark-Dragged by horses until dead in Alexandria, Egypt
Luke-Hanged in Greece
John-Boiled in oil in Rome but miraculously survived. Sentenced to the mines on prison island of Patmos. Freed & died a peaceful death as an old man
Peter-Crucified upside down
James(Less)-Thrown over 100 ft. down from pinnacle of Temple. Survived, so his enemies clubbed him to death.
James-Beheaded in Jerusalem; Roman officer who guarded him chose to be beheaded as a Christian w/James.
Bartholomew-Flayed to death by a whip in Armenia
Andrew-Severely whipped in Greece by 7 soldiers, then tied to a cross to slowly die; continued preaching to his tormentors for 2 days until he expired
Thomas Stabbed with a spear in India during missionary trip
Jude-Killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith
Matthias-Stoned and beheaded
Barnabas-Stoned to death at Salonica
Paul-Imprisoned, tortured, then beheaded by Emperor Nero

"A student wants to know what the teacher knows for the grade, to complete the class or get the degree, or even perhaps out of respect for the teacher. A talmid (disciple) wants to be like the teacher, that is to become what the teacher is."

These are just some of the things that made me think and dig so much deeper. There's so much more. These statements are not to heap judgment on others, but have convicted me and became very personal.

1 comment:

  1. ooooh, thank you for sharing!!!! I esp loved the quote contrasting what Jesus calls people to and what we, the church, often try to call people to--as if Jesus is not enough!!! I've thought of this many times!

    ReplyDelete

In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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