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Disciple and Believer

Monday, June 18, 2018

The servant girl at the door said to Peter, ‘You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?’ He said, ‘I am not’ …Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, ‘You also are not one of his disciples, are you?’ He denied it and said, ‘I am not’. (John. 18:17,25).

It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, … (Matthew 10:25).

 

Every disciple is a believer but not every believer is a disciple.

  1. The believer expects loaves and fishes; The disciple is a fisherman.
  2. The believer struggles to grow; the disciple reproduces.
  3. The believer likes flattery; the disciple becomes a living sacrifice.
  4. The believer murmurs and complains; the disciple obeys and denies himself.
  5. The believer is "I"; the disciple is “them”.
  6. The believer dreams of the "ideal church"; the disciple surrenders to achieve the "real church".
  7. The believers goal is to be in heaven; that of the disciple is to win souls for heaven.
  8. The mature believer becomes a disciple; the mature disciple assumes the ministries.
  9. The believer seems to have been promised a pillow; the disciple knows that he has a cross to carry.
  10. The believer is “hopeful"; the disciple is "here I am”.
  11. The believer is valuable; the disciple is indispensable.
  12. The believer, perhaps, preaches the gospel; the disciple makes disciples.

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples (John 15:8).

And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples 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 that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age

(Matthew 28:18-20).

- Jaime Restrepo

What It Takes to be a Disciple

Friday, June 15, 2018

What It Takes to be a Disciple

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple, Luke 14.33. Unless you forsake all, you can’t be a disciple. How far are you willing to go? Will you abandon everything for Jesus?

This passage fits in very well with the story of the Rich Young Ruler in Matthew 19.16-22. This story is repeated in all the synoptics (Mark 10.17-22; Luke 18.18-23) so it must be very important. The young man in the story had a choice. Which would it be? Possessions? Jesus?

This summer we’re talking about self-denial. If we really want to be a part of God’s plan, this is what is necessary. Perhaps there is no better example in Scripture of someone living solely for self than the Rich Young Ruler. The problem is, …he couldn’t see it. What Jesus attempts to do in this story is take the cover off of what was so glaring - but completely invisible to the young man himself.

Not all was bad with this man. He had some very admirable qualities. On Sunday:

  1. We’ll talk about those.
  2. But, we’ll also see how Jesus brings him face to face with the very real reality of his sin.
  3. And, we’ll ultimately see what would keep him out of the kingdom, at least at this point in his life.

As you get ready for worship, be thinking about these things:

  • Read Matthew 19.16 and Mark 10.17. Describe how the man approached Jesus.
  • As you read the text in 19.16-22 and Mark 10.17-22 what are some things we learn about this man?
  • Upon what did he seem to base his righteousness?
  • Do you see any contrition as he approaches Jesus?
  • What can we learn about the need for self denial as we consider the Rich Young Ruler?

Sunday Scripture Reading: Dan Teater

Sunday Song Leader: Dru McLaughlin

TEXT: Matthew 19.16-22

Do you remember about the Duck?

Monday, June 11, 2018

“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” – Pr. 28:13

There was a small boy visiting his grandparents at their farm. He had a slingshot with which he played all day, he practiced with it in the forest but never hit the target. Being a little disappointed, he returned home for dinner.

As he approached home, he spotted his grandma's pet duck. Unable to contain himself, he used his slingshot and hit the duck on the head and killed it. He was sad and scared, and still in panic, he hid the duck’s body in the forest. But he did not realize that his sister was watching him. Lucrecia had seen everything but said nothing.

After eating, the grandmother said, "Lucrecia, come with me to wash the dishes." But Lucrecia said, "Grandma, Pedro told me that today he wanted to help you in the kitchen, isn’t that right, Pedro?" And she whispered in his ear, "Do you remember the duck?" Then, without saying anything, Pedro washed the dishes.

On another occasion the grandfather asked the children if they wanted to go fishing, and the grandmother said, "I'm sorry but Lucrecia is going to help me prepare the food." But Lucrecia with a smile said, "I can go, because Pedro told me that he would like to help you." Again she whispered in his ear, "Do you remember about the duck?" Then Lucrecia went fishing and Pedro stayed and helped his grandmother.

After many days in which Pedro was doing his own tasks and those of Lucrecia, he decided to admit what he had done. He went to his grandmother and confessed that he had killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a big hug and said, "Sweetie, I already knew it, I stood at the window and saw everything, but because I love you I forgave you.” But I was wondering how long you would allow Lucrecia to have you as her slave."

How long will you allow your sins, without confessing, to keep you a slave? The apostle Peter says,  "They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved"(2 Peter 2:19). Man is a slave to whatever dominates him.

Today you can enjoy the glorious freedom of the children of God. But how?  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. (1 John 1:9)

Jesus, the Son of God, loves us and is willing to wash us of our sins with His blood (see Rev. 1: 5). Why don’t you accept His invitation and after this you can forget about the duck?

- Jaime Restrepo

 

Crocodiles in the Lake

Monday, June 04, 2018

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 6:23.

Several years ago, the newspapers told the story of an old woman who lived in the south of Florida. Her home was a shack located next to a small lake where she gathered her water every day. In the lake there lived a crocodile. Although it was a dangerous animal, the lady allowed him to live in the lake because it seemed tame. Neither of them hated the other. They lived in perfect peace.

However, one day, while the lady was drawing water from the lake, the crocodile swam submerged and attacked her. He squeezed her hand with his huge, strong jaw. She tried to get rid of the crocodile, but it ripped her hand. Bleeding a lot, the old woman managed to crawl to her house and called for help. Finally, the ambulance arrived and her hand was taken care of.

The next day, the forest guard found the crocodile in the lake and killed him. The forest guard informed the journalists: “Crocodiles are more dangerous when they lose their fear of humans. By allowing it to remain in your lake, even if you do not know it, it gives the crocodile the courage to attack.”

The Bible teaches us that the wages of sin is death. Many times we think that small and innocent sins will not do us much harm, and that we can leave them in our lives, without suffering the consequences. We know that we must expel them. But we end up behaving like the little old lady in the story.

As the crocodile does not bother us, we caress the sin and it goes on staying. In the end, it will be able to bite us and tear off a piece of our being.

The writer of the book of Hebrews advised that we should be free of all that hinders our progress, especially the sin that distracts us. If we do not get rid of it, we are at a disadvantage and that will be detrimental to the cause of God.

Today, think about the crocodiles that live with you and pray for God to help you eliminate them, before it is too late.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12:1.

-Jaime Restrepo

The Feast

Monday, June 04, 2018

The following article, is the beginning of several, that will be published in our bulletin each Sunday. 

When Christ came to earth, he shared the poverty of our world. But, now being on the right hand of God, he shares with us the riches of his world.

We come to his table this morning to recall his death and its glorious purpose and to feast upon the bread of life. Here our souls are fed as we commune with our Savior.

John 6:35 says, "And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."' If you hunger physically, you will not be satisfied at this table. But our spiritual hunger and thirst will be filled here.

Although the Lord's supper was brought about by his death, it is the feast of life for us as Christians.

-Jaime Restrepo

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