This sermon was based on Acts 4:13
Peter and John Before the Council
Jesus was intentional about making disciples at the very start of his ministry he called a few people to be with him.
So often we look for impressive people instead of seeing what ordinary messed up people can become.
- Dale Carnegie said ‘Men are developed the same way gold is mined. Several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold. But you don’t go into a mine looking for dirt, he added. You go looking for gold. That’s exactly the way to develop positive people. Look for the gold, not the dirt: the good, not the bad. The more positive qualities you look for, the more you are going to find.’
At the very beginning of John Gospel, we see the Eternal transcendent God become a man and make his home among us.
- Peter and John had some incredible experiences because they were close to Jesus. Hanging out with people sharing your life asking for commitment to be with you is crucial for making disciples.
- An important aspect of proximity is being discipled in a community environment. So many people assume that being discipled is spending “one –to- one” time with a disciple. Much of what the disciples who were with Jesus learnt was by being part of his community. The way they jostled for position gave Jesus an inroad to teach them a different way of leading.
- John Maxwell said “People often ask me what most determines if they will reach their potential. My answer: a teachable spirit. What does it mean to be teachable? I define Teachability as possessing the intentional attitude and behaviour to keep learning and growing throughout life.”.
- When Jesus tells parables we later see the disciples asking him to explain what they meant. The disciples wanted to learn.
- The Pharisees showed the complete opposite attitude
Luke 11:53 As Jesus was leaving, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke him with many questions. 54 They wanted to trap him into saying something they could use against him.
- We see that Jesus very quickly engaged the disciples into active ministry. They were quickly given opportunity to use what they had learnt.
At CCM we are very quick to engage new people into works of service. This is a very intentional thing. We believe that it’s a vital part of being a disciple and not just fulfilling a necessary task.
- The goal of all of this is that we all reach maturity:-
11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.