Discipleship is one of the functions of a Christian along with worship, fellowship, mission, and generosity. Christians are disciples of Christ in the model of first century Jew. Chosen disciples would yoke to a Rabbi with authority (S’mikhah) and follow closely enough to learn their interpretations on the Law (binding and losing) and think, act, discern like them and emulate them. We are disciples of the Rabbi with all authority under heaven and earth, Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 11:28-30
While coming face to face with the context of the Ancient parable we point fingers only to say, “This is what they were doing wrong!” But we must apply these scriptures to our own lives so that we can sync up with Christ. But if we do that the implications can be troubling.
Jesus is continuing the concept of being ready, the parable of the talents is more concerned with the idea of taking advantage of each opportunity that we are given and making the most of the time each of us is given here on Earth. God created us with unique abilities and the opportunity to us them or not use them.
Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27, Galatians 6:10
The traditional interpretation of the parable of the Parable of the Hidden Treasure describes the value of the kingdom of heaven (treasure) and the process by which one acquires that kingdom (sell everything). But there is more to this short parable, when placed in context and in light of all teachings of Jesus the interpretation gets turned on its head. Jesus sold everything and bought us (the treasure).
The story of Jesus and the ten lepers. This story talks about disease, helplessness, despiration, healing, thankfulness, and ungratefulness.
Like a collector who looks for a rare and elegant item the merchant searches for and finds the once in a lifetime pearl, but it requires all of the money he has to purchase. But because the pearl is priceless, the cost is worth it. So it is with the kingdom of heaven, the church family now and through eternity, which is worth more than we could possibly pay. How do we enter the kingdom? We enter right now through faith in Jesus Christ and the obedient baptism into his death and resurrection. This sermon presents a wonderful explanation of the meaning and purpose of baptism.
Matthew 13:45-46, Acts 2
Gospel meeting series. Prayer keeps us alive spiritually. It is spiritual breathing, but only the type of prayer that is done with the proper heart and with the proper attitude. There are things we must get right before we can get prayer right. Certainly there are things that can hinder our prayers; therefore, we want to be aware of these hindrances and avoid them so that our prayers are effective and not empty. Selfishness, idolatry, sinfulness, attitude, improper faith.