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His disciples

Since every disciple strives to be like his master, our calling as a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be like Him in character. What is Jesus like? This is why it is important to read all of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and begin a serious study on the life of Christ. As you study the Master, you will also note that Jesus Himself identifies what He is looking for in a disciple. Remember it is one thing to say "I am a disciple of Christ" and it is another thing for the Lord to say: "Ye are my disciples indeed."

Character traits of a disciple:
1. Matt. 10:24 "The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord." - Humility. 2. Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” – Self-sacrifice.3. John 8:31 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are…

The yoke of discipleship

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

Jesus invites a people who were loaded and oppressed with religious ceremonies and formalities to find in Him the rest that they long for. There is an exchange of yokes, an exchange of labor and burdens. Those without Christ carry a heavy load of sin. They are under a hard taskmaster. Whether they know it or not, they have a harder road ahead and if they continue in that path the end of that road is one of eternal misery. When we come to Christ, by faith, we exchange our guilt laden yokes of bondage for His yoke of freedom. A yoke is symbolic of restraint. Christians are given true freedom and joy, but freedom is not liberty to do whatever a person feels like doing, it is freedom to love God and serve Him (see Romans 6:16-17). Christians do not take liberties because of…

Open House Sunday - March 15 @ 10:30am

Dear Friends,
Everyone is welcome to come in and enjoy our special service this Sunday (March 15) at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Brogue. We have set this Sunday aside for you, your family and friends. We have invited a special Guest speaker (Pastor Aaron Samples), we have a special "linger longer" fellowship in our annex-gym, every guest will receive a special gift, and you can also look forward to a short tour of our facilities, and information about ministries. We would be very honored for you to come out and be our guest this weekend. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Sincerely, Pastor Bill

A disciple's spiritual growth (part 2)

Our spiritual growth is brought about by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we got saved, (i.e. justified, born again, or regenerated) we are instantly saved to the uttermost. We are a child of God. You cannot be "more saved" than you presently are. Our Salvation is eternal and perfect. We may not, at certain times behave that way, but in all reality when we got saved, we are indeed saved. Consider these Bible verses: John 5:24; Romans 8:1; 1 John 5:12.
All that the Holy Spirit does in our lives is perfect and cannot be refined. He doesn't produce one level of joy and peace in our lives, and then produces a different kind later, when we "get our act together." We may feel that He is closer to us one day, and farther the next day but based on Scripture we know that He is in us and with us from the point of Salvation and with us in fullness. Consider: John 14:17; Titus 3:5-6. In fact 1 Kings 8:27 declares "heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot c…

A disciple's spiritual growth

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:18)

The Christian life rests on a personal relationship with God. Salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone. From this spiritual life stems the Christian life, which is a life committed to Jesus Christ. The Bible instructs us to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." The growth needed is brought about by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and His work is understood by the teachings of the Bible (God's Holy Word). Like all other "growths," spiritual growth is a progressive increase. Consider some Bible verses in this area of spiritual growth:
1. Our dependency on Christ and His testimony in our lives is to grow. John 3:30 "He must increase, but I must decrease."
2. Our good works (aided by God) are to abound. 2 Cor. 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound to…