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The Heart of Discipleship
February 12, 2017 Rev. Michael Onyegbu
A disciple is defined as a learner, a pupil, one who comes to be taught. A disciple listens to the lecturer with attention and intention and the intention is to apply what has been learned. The requirements of a Disciple are to: Love God more than anyone else (Luke 14:26). Your love for God should be so strong that your love for others is like hatred by comparison. Deny self and take up the cross daily (Luke 9:23). The greatest barrier to discovering all that God has for us is our preoccupation with self. We have become self-obsessed human beings due to sin. Bearing our cross means dying to oneself. Forsake all that you have (Luke 14:33). To forsake means to surrender your claim to; to say goodbye to. Like Peter, Andrew, James and John, we must abandon our boat full of fish to become fishers of men (Luke 5:10). Count the cost (Luke 14:28). This point is illustrated in Luke 9:57-58. Salvation is free but discipleship costs everything we possess. Benefits: Matthew 6:33 sums it all up – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”
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