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Gospel Meeting                Joshua Thornhill Index

Learning True Discipleship

The Disciple’s Relationship To The World

 

Introduction: Today, we will conclude our study of discipleship as we look at the relationship the disciple has with the world.

 

I. A Stranger and Pilgrim: The Disciple’s Walk of Faith

                A. Jesus was a pilgrim on this earth: Luke 9:58

B. Stranger- a foreigner; pilgrim- resident foreigner. Genesis 17:8

                C. What makes us foreigners?   

                                1. Disciples are called out: Philippians 3:20 (John 18:36), 1 Peter 2:9

                                2. Following One the World has rejected: John 15:18-21, 1 John 5:19, 3:1

                                3. Disciples no longer think like the world: Romans 12:2, Philippians 3:18-19, Colossians 3:2

                D. What does it take to live like strangers and pilgrims? Faith 2 Corinthians 5:7

                                1. Trusting in God’s promises: Romans 4:20-21, 2 Timothy 1:12

                                2. Obeying God’s instructions: Hebrews 11:8, James 2:18-26

                                3. Coming out of the world: 1 Peter 2:11-12, 1 John 2:15-17, James 4:4

                                4. Commitment: Hebrews 11:13-16, Luke 9:62

                E. We sing “This world is not my home,” Do we mean it?

               

II. Salt and Light: The Disciple’s Influence

                A. We are the salt of the earth: Matthew 5:13

                                1. Salt has a preserving power: Proverbs 14:34, Genesis 6, 18:22-33, Amos 9:8, 5:4

                                2. Salt has an irritating property: Matthew 5:11-12, 23:25-26, Acts 7:51-53

3. Salt creates thirst: Matthew 5:6, 22:1-10

4. Salt gives flavor: Colossians 4:5-6, Luke 14:24-25

                B. We are the light of the world:

                                1. God is light: 1 John 1:5

                                2. Reveals and Illuminates: Ephesians 5:13, John 3:19-20

                                3. Drives away darkness: Ephesians 5:11

                                4. Gives guidance: Psalm 119:105, 1 John 1:7

                                5. Draws those in darkness: Matthew 5:16

                                6. We must be visible: Matthew 5:15, John 13:35

 

IV. Fishers of Men: The Disciple’s Task

                A. Jesus was focused on saving others: Luke 19:10

B. We are fishers of men: Matthew 4:19, Luke 5:10

                C. Why be fishers of men?

                                1. We are following Jesus: Luke 19:10

                                2. It will please our master: 2 Corinthians 5:9, 2 Timothy 2:4

                                3. It is the right thing to do: 2 Kings 7:3-10

                                4. It is our duty:

a. We have a duty: Luke 17:10, Ezekiel 33:1-9

b. Those in sin are in danger of hell: John 8:24, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15, 2 Corinthians 5:9-11

                                5. We hinder the power of the gospel by doing nothing: Romans 1:16, 10:14, 1 Corinthians 1:21

6. The joy of saving souls: Luke 15:7, 10, 32, Acts 15:3

                                7. The world is lost: Matthew 7:13-14, Roman 3:9-12, 23, 2 Thessalonians 1:8, Isaiah 6:8

                D. We are fishers of men, not keepers of the aquarium. Let’s go fishing!

 

Conclusion: We have noticed several aspects of the life of the disciple of Jesus Christ. All these things we have discussed are necessary to be a true disciple of Jesus. Let us follow Jesus in all things.