“Whole Of Life Discipleship” – Rev. Keith Jobberns – 3rd May 2015

VALUES SERIES – SERMON NOTES

WHOLE OF LIFE DISCIPLESHIP

Luke 9:23-25; 14:25-27, 33

Rev. Keith Jobberns – 9.30am Service – Sunday, 3rd May, 2015

 

The Call: Fan or Disciple

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.   Luke 9:23

Large crowds were travelling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.   Luke 14:23

Daily cross carrying….

  • Death to self
  • Surrender to grace
  • Sign of hope

 

The Cost: Everything or Nothing

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?   Luke 9:24-25

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.   Luke 14:33

Bonhoeffer:

When Jesus calls a person, he calls them to come and die.

Unrivalled love.

But the cost of non-discipleship:

No peace

No forgiveness

No hope

 

The Character: Maturing to become more like Jesus

‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.   John 15:5-6

Spiritual disciplines

Personal Faith Community
 Prayer  Worship
 Study  Celebration
 Meditation  Small Group
 Fasting  Seminars
 Retreats  Conferences
 Retreats

 

The Commission: Discipling on the way

Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.   Matthew 28:18-20

Personal Faith Community
Family Children & Youth Community
Friends Worship Services
Neighbours Step Beyond / LTN
Work & Leisure Contacts Men’s Shed / Playtime
Retreats S/T Mission Trips

 

 

“The Great Enemy” – Rev Keith Jobberns

ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS – SERMON NOTES

Matthew 3:13-4:11

Rev. Keith Jobberns – 9.30am Service, Sunday 12th April, 2015

What can we learn from this encounter about

THE ENEMY

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil…

Some features:

–       Personal

–       Powerful

–       Persistent

THE BATTLE 

The Timing – Immediately following his baptism

The Setting – In the wilderness

The Temptations

Physical – Stones into bread

After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

My physical temptations ____________________

Spiritual- Test the Father’s love

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,he said, ‘throw yourself down. For it is written:

“He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him, ‘It is also written: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

My spiritual temptations ____________________

Aspirational – Shortcut to world domination 

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. ‘All this I will give you,he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.

Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”

My aspirational temptations __________________

THE BEST DEFENSE      

Rehearsal of Truth – through the use of Scripture

Jesus answered, ‘It is written….

Confidence – in a trustworthy champion

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.  Hebrews 4:15

Depend on the Word of the Lord and the Lord of the Word