Claiming to be a Christian without being a disciple is like tasteless salt

040313-saltI want to address the teaching that is popular today among many evangelical teachers, a teaching that I believe is incorrect, that is, a teaching that says a person can be a born again Christian without being a disciple. The idea, separate from the clear teachings of Scripture, is that salvation is a free gift, a statement with which I agree, and in God’s economy, He calls us to believe that Jesus Christ is God, and then, once we have believed, we are invited into the process of discipleship. I have previously written on the mark of a genuine disciple and in this article, I lay out the reasons why I believe that a person cannot be a Christian without being a disciple.

In this article, I would like to examine Luke 14 to demonstrate that Jesus teaches that a person cannot be a believer without being a disciple. Take a moment to read Luke 14 and then let’s think through this teaching that Luke records. Jesus is the teacher and He gives a call to follow Him in this passage. He gives a call to discipleship. He gives a call to enter into the kingdom of God. Continue reading

Discipleship according to Jesus

It is the day after Christmas. The gifts have been opened and the kids are playing with them. The final days of the year are winding down. We begin to think about the New Year, making our resolutions and planning out all that we want to accomplish over the next 52 weeks. While meditating on Mark 6, I saw a clear connection between making my New Year plans and including making disciples the way that Jesus did during His lifetime. Here is a quick list of the lessons that we have already covered from the Gospel of Mark.

  1. Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry
  2. Jesus the Rescuing Teacher
  3. The unpardonable sin
  4. The parable of the sower and the seed
  5. Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend
  6. Jesus serves individuals

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Jesus sends the Promised Helper

214-700x438This coming Sunday at church, I am going to get to teach my 2nd graders about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Over the past month, we have dug down deep into some very important spiritual truths in the life of Jesus Christ.

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Failing Faith needs a Faithful Friend

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-17-51-amI am preparing to teach this lesson to my preschool teachers at church, the ladies who work as our Kids’ Express teachers. I am so thrilled to be able to serve these teachers who are investing in the next generations of children. We have an awesome opportunity to impact the future of our country in a positive way. This is the Lord’s work and we want to be good stewards of what He has entrusted to us. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in those who are doing the investing. Many times, this vital part is overlooked. The Biblical model is that we have a Paul who invests in us as we invest in a Timothy.

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The Ascension of Jesus Christ

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-5-40-13-amHey, this is pastor Erik once again and I am working on getting prepared to teach on the ascension of Jesus Christ. Over the past few weeks, we took a look at the Crucifixion of Christ and His Resurrection. As we follow the events, this leads us to the ascension of Christ and the last commands that He gives to His disciples before going back to the Father. This lesson is more focused on the disciples than on the event of the ascension.

Last week, we covered the importance of the resurrection of Christ. It is an historical event that is well documented. We focused on the significance of the historical event by looking at Romans 6. The Apostle Paul discusses the significance of the resurrection for all mankind. Continue reading

Christ’s Crucifixion

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-3-42-17-pmAs usual, I am preparing to teach this coming Sunday and I wanted to think through the lesson in article form before presenting it to the children at church. I have been away for a few weeks on a mission trip to Southeast Asia. The Lord blessed our time there greatly. It is amazing to share the Word with people on the other side of the world. Also, there is nothing like worshiping with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, even if they worship in another language. We are praising the same Lord and it is amazing. Continue reading

Jesus the Rescuing Teacher

jesus-authority-questioned-1138449-wallpaperI had the privilege of teaching this lesson earlier this week to my preschool teachers. I usually write before I teach but, this week has been quite busy. We are going on our annual Father-Son camp out. I am so excited for it. Anyway, with the preschool teachers, we are walking through the Gospel of Mark, the  40 Minute Precept study Jesus: Experiencing His Life and Ministry. You can read the previous lesson here. In the previous lesson, we learned about the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, how He began and continued to preach the Gospel message: Continue reading

The 10 Commandments

commandments-moses10Here I am again, getting ready to teach about Jesus being the focal point of every story of the Bible. We are walking through the Bible this year. We have arrived to the time when Moses leads the people of Israel through the wilderness, to the Promised Land. On the way, God makes a Covenant with Israel, and, within that Covenant we see the 10 Commandments. Let’s take a look at the 10 Commandments and see how they reveal Christ and what they reveal to us about ourselves.

I. Purpose of the 10 Commandments

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The importance of in depth Bible study

Dear friends, I am excited to share this message with you, a message that my mentor, Vasile Filat, preached at our former church, Good News, last Sunday. It was a powerful message that rebuked, corrected, and encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. I want to share it with you here in written form since most of you do not have the ability to listen to it in Romanian and understand it. I pray that the Word will work in your heart the way that It worked in mine. Continue reading

Portrait of a believer from Titus

As I am teaching through Paul’s epistle to Titus, it has been eye opening to see the description of the followers of Jesus Christ, those who bear His Name as Christians. I would like to share that here in this article. Because there are so many cultural “Christians” in our world today, it is very difficult to get a grasp on what a genuine Christian looks and acts like. In order to discover the Truth on this subject, we need to turn to the perfect Word of God to find our answer. God’s description of a Christian is what matters, not our own thoughts and ideas. This lesson can be very eye opening to those who are cultural “Christians”. Take a moment to read Titus 1. Continue reading