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The Practical Demands of Christian Discipleship
Pastor Scott Dungan
1 Peter 4:7-11
• Everyday we are confronted with both the great need and complete corruption of humanity
• We constantly ask ourselves why God allows our world to continue to slip into darkness
• There is an internal desire in all of us to see this change
• Jesus has a solution

Matthew 28:18
• “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo I am with you always even to the end of the age.”
- Make disciples – learners, mimickers, committed followers
- Teaching them – Continued instruction, modeling, and release people in ministry

Jesus’ Solution is Simple – He has determined to send willing laborers into the harvest field, and this will change the very nature of the world in which we live

The Problem: The workers are few as there are many distractions and demands of the world in which we live

The Eternal Question: Who will go, will you?

Bible Lesson: The Practical Demands of Christian Discipleship (1Pe 4:7-11)
• The Christian life is to be lived in the light of Christ’s impending return.
- A warning: Remove complacency, be watchful and faithful in service
- Hope: Persecution and hardship will soon be over forever
• Christians are to stand in prayer.
- Not allowing themselves to become overwhelmed with fear
- Remain emotionally and morally balanced as well as mentally alert for the purpose of prayer
- Prayer invades the impossible = salvation, protection, deliverance, provision, miracles
• Christians are to continually love others sacrificially (especially other Christians).
- Give priority to others through love – example hospitality, forgiveness of sins
• Christians are to use their God-given gifts to serve others.
• Christians are to live in a way that constantly brings glory to the Lord.

The Challenge to the Church: Become Christians who purposely invest the life God has given you in others.

The Process:
• Develop a Kingdom Awareness
- Realize that the kingdom is here, and that Jesus is coming back soon
- Focus your energy and attention on building God’s Kingdom
• Become a Strong Disciple Yourself
- Full surrender to God (all that I have, all that I want is in you)
- Set yourself to grow
- Develop your quiet time with the Lord; participate in corporate services and prayer
- Develop Christian relationships which will force you to grow spiritually
- Develop strong Christian relationship (LTG, MiniChurch)
• Become a Discipler of Others
- Exercise your spiritual gifts
- Intentionally minister to others through the power of the Holy Spirit
- Give away all that the Lord has given you

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