Sermons on Discipleship
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul provides the foundations of what godly leaders do in helping the church toward maturity.
Are there moments when you feel you are living in a world where you can’t see the way forward? In those moments of darkness we wish we had someone to take us by the hand and lead us forward. In our text today Jesus radically transforms a man’s life who is blind because the man refused to let Jesus pass him by. His pain is the very thing that leads him to cling to Jesus.
Can you imagine what it would have been like to sit and listen to Jesus pray? We don’t have to follow a specific formula to talk with God, but practicing different ways to pray can help us find deeper purpose and connection to Him through our prayer time. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he gave them a prayer outline called “The Lords Prayer.”
It would be great if we always knew the best decision to make. Many times the choices aren’t so clear. Sometimes the best we have is God’s general direction. In Genesis 24 Abraham is learning to lean into God’s leading in the decisions he faces that affect the covenant generation.
Your joy of giving to others isn’t tied to what’s in your bank account. Our joy is rooted in Jesus’ work in our life. That means when your bank account balance isn’t what you’d like, you can still the experience the joy that comes from giving to others because your joy is rooted in something that doesn’t go up & down.
Journey with us as Paul and Titus show us to be in relationship to one another means we are involved in one another’s lives in a way that encourages fruit, challenges us to grow, and corrects us when needed in a loving matter.
There is a joy in walking with a person in their journey to find Christ. When their eyes are opened and they see all that Jesus is for them, there is nothing like it. Paul had dedicated his life in response to the call of God so this happens among people who have never known this. He wants more and more people to see the light of Jesus.
As God gives the Spirit to believers, there is an expectation of growth. One place Paul looks for evidence of that growth is our relationships with each other.
When we rely on Jesus, we have weapons to fight a troubled heart.
It is amazing how we can recognize and discern voices. The big question is do we know our shepherd’s voice & follow him?
The way Jesus talked about himself was to compare himself to bread- the very food we need to live. We need to be reminded that it is Jesus- not just his gifts- that we seek.
Betrayal is always a painful experience. Yet our very salvation we enjoy comes to us through the pain of betrayal.