And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and disease among the people. His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him-from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:Matthew 4:23-5:3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...
Great multitudes followed Yeshua! They wanted to hear Him preach. They wanted to be healed, and to be set free from demonic oppression. Basically, they followed Yeshua for what He could do for them. When Yeshua saw the multitudes and the tremendous needs they had, He began to make disciples.
He taught His men about the culture of the Kingdom of God: what His Kingdom looks like, and what character and behaviors are required of its citizens. He taught them about righteous attitudes and godly disciplines. Yeshua laid down in clear, practical terms what His disciples were to be like and how they were to live.
Many believers today are followers of Yeshua but they are not true disciples. They want to hear good preaching and teaching, to enjoy praise and worship, to be forgiven, to receive healing or a touch from God. They want what Yeshua can give them. Not too many choose to be His disciples-those who want a close relationship with Yeshua, who are willing to forsake their ways to embrace His.
Yeshua's disciples were committed to Him. They wanted HIM, not just what He could do for them. They wanted to know Him, to be with Him, to serve Him. They didn't just add Yeshua to the periphery of their lives; their lives revolved around Him! They wanted a real relationship with the Lord.
Being a disciple is the willingness to leave everything to follow the Master wherever He goes. It is forsaking all for the joy of knowing Him. It's choosing to do whatever He says, fully committed to His Lordship. A disciple of Yeshua loves Him with ALL of his heart, mind, soul and strength! Yeshua is his hero! He wants to be with Him all the time and become just like Him. A disciple's prayer is "Lord, I am available to You. Anything, Anytime, Anywhere."
Being Yeshua's disciple affects every area of our lives: our words, thoughts, motives, attitudes, and values. It determines how we use time, spend money, and handle relationships. It will cost us everything, but it will gain us everything that matters! The wisest thing we can do with our lives is to surrender them to the Lord! It is our reasonable service to be living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God!
We are excited to announce that our next season of intentional disciple making is upon us! We see this as Advanced Discipleship where we advance together into the deeper things of God, where we cultivate our intimacy with Him more purposefully, and we set our wills to line up with His. It's where we ingest God's Word, reading and studying it, memorizing and meditating on it so that the Word becomes incarnate in us. Colossians 3:16a says
Let the Word of Messiah dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another!
This Wednesday, 24 August, we will have an introductory evening where all men and women are invited to join us at 6:30 PM in the Pavilion Lobby. We will fellowship over snacks, share testimonies, worship the Lord together, and hear from a few people on our discipleship leadership team.
When we gather on 31 August at 6:00 (18:00), we will begin studying Matthew 6 together. The men will meet in the Jerusalem Prayer Tower and the women will meet in the Pavilion Lobby. For more information or to sign up with our receptionist, please phone 02-625-1899.