Wills Valley Community Church

Father’s Day: A call to discipleship!

June 16, 2019


by Denny Mashburn June 16, 2019 cd19.06.16 SCRIPTURE READING “(24) A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. (25) It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!...(34) Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. (35) For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; (36) and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ (37) He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Matt.10:24-25, 34-37 (NKJV) “ (24) A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. (25) It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.” Matt.10:24-25 DISCIPLESHIP, HAVING CHRIST AS MY MASTER, IS THE KEY TO BEING A GOOD FATHER: 1. because a disciple of Christ learns to THINK LIKE CHRIST! “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matt.10:34 THE PARADOX OF PEACE AND WAR: A. Prince of peace: “..and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” Isa.9:6b B. Peace with God: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom.5:1 C. Gospel of peace: “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Eph.6:15 D. Peace among the nations: “....Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” Isa.9:7 E. War in the family: “(51) Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. (52) For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. (53) Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Lk.12:51-53 2. because a disciple of Christ anticipates and is willing to endure STRAINED FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS! “(35) For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; (36) and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ Matt.10:35-36 3. because a disciple of Christ is TOTALLY SURRENDERED! “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Matt.10:37 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” Lk.14:26 a. the love of riches (inheritance): “(59) Then He said to another, ‘Follow Me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ (60) Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” Lk.9:59-60 b. the love of family: “(61) And another also said, ‘Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.’ (62) But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Lk.9:61-62 <><><> “The parting with my wife and poor children hath often been to me in this place as the pulling of the flesh from my bones; and that not only because I am somewhat too fond of these great mercies, but also because I would have often brought to my mind the many hardships, miseries, and wants that my poor family was like to meet with, should I be taken from them, especially my poor blind child, who lay nearer my heart than all I have besides. Oh, the thought of the hardship I thought my blind one might go under would break my heart to pieces…But yet, recalling myself, thought I, I must venture all with God though it goeth to the quick to leave you. Oh, I saw in this condition, I was a man who was pulling down his house upon the head of his wife and children, yet I thought I, must do it. I must do it.” John Bunyan <><><> SO WHAT? 1. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ requires unconditional surrender! “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Lk.14:33 <><><> “You call me Master and obey me not, you call me Light and see me not, you call me the Way and follow me not, you call me Life and desire me not, you call me Wise and acknowledge me not, you call me Fair and love me not, you call me Rich and ask me not, you call me Eternal and seek me not, you call me Gracious and trust me not, you call me Noble and serve me not, you call me Mighty and honor me not, you call me Just and fear me not, if I condemn you, blame me not.” Author Unknown <><><> 2. If I am facing family conflicts, and it’s because of my shortcomings, make sure my ways are pleasing to the Lord! “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Prov.16:7 3. If I am facing family conflicts, and it is because of my loyalty to Christ, adjust my expectations and rejoice! “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2Tim.3:12 “(11) Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. (12) Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matt.5:11-12 4. Cultivate a daily surrendered life to Christ! “Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Lk.9:23 <><><> “God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.” Andrew Murray <><><> SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is a call to discipleship, especially to fathers on father’s day! 1. What is the best memory you have of your father? Was my father a disciple of Christ? What would I say is the key to being a good father? 2. Read (Matt.10:24-42). What do I notice about the Lord’s definition of what it means to be His disciple? Does He require unconditional surrender? Have I made that commitment? Has it made a difference in my life? In my family? 3. Take note of (vs.34-37). Does commitment to the Lordship of Christ always bring peace to a home and family? Look up these verses on peace and conflict associated with following Christ: a. (Isa.9:6) The Prince of Peace b. (Isa.9:7) Peace on earth one day c. (Rom.5:1) Peace with God d. (Jn.14:27; Phil.4:7) Peace of God e. (Matt.5:9) Blessed are the peacemakers f. (Lk.12:51-53) Cost of discipleship, possible division in the home 4. If I am facing conflicts in my family, what does (Pr.16:7) promise me? This verse addresses enemies I have made, but if my family conflicts are because I am following Christ, what does (Matt.5:11-12) tell me I need to do? Why? 5. What does (Matt.10:24-42; Rom.10:9, and Eph.5:18) all have in common? Could it be surrender? What happens when a father (or any Christian) surrenders to Christ on a daily basis? Does it affect how he treats his wife, children, his job, etc.? How does one cultivate a surrendered life after salvation? (see Col.3:16, Matt.26:41) DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Matt.10:24-42) The marks of discipleship Tue (Lk.14:25-33) More marks of discipleship Wed (Lk.12:49-53) The cost of discipleship Thu (Lk.9:23-26) The cost of discipleship Fri (Rom.5:1) The promise of peace with God

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