Discipleship often involves facing a difficult impasse which requires waiting for God's deliverance and salvation.
Scripture: Mark 10:32-52
- Discipleship often involves facing a difficult impasse which requires waiting for God's deliverance and salvation.
- Jesus' baptism began with the Jordan water baptism where He was spiritually enabled to accomplish His work of salvation.
- When we come with a deliberate intention to follow Jesus, we're on a path of discipleship to do the will of God.
- At the prediction of Jesus' death, the disciples were astonished, afraid, amazed (cf. Luke 12:49-50).
- The master is away, but He's given us responsibility: to serve and to rule.
- We must not be side-tracked with questions like, “Who's going to be the most important in the kingdom?” We need to get a bigger picture of God's purposes and plan for our service in His kingdom.
- Family pressures can often affect whether we submit to God's will.
- Baptism into Christ is baptism into His death (Romans 6:3-5). We don't have our own rights anymore; we're His.
- We're therefore to walk in newness of life, faithful in the face of all opposition and conflict.
- Baptism (verse 38) doesn't refer just to the act of baptism, but to the entire scope of the work of Christ, which includes making us His disciples.
- Jesus had a cup to drink. Jesus was exceedingly sorrowful (Mark 14:34) but He was submissive to the Father unto death (Mark 15:34).
- We've received a spirit of adoption and have been welcomed into the family of God. We now call Him “Abba, Father.” We're delivered from the bondage of fear (Romans 8:14-15).
- Satan is not our biggest enemy. We ourselves and our unwillingness to say yes to God is the biggest enemy. Satan is a defeated foe.
- In Mark 10:38, Jesus asks, “Can you drink the cup?” To share the same cup is to share the same destiny.
- Our sin and rebellion was all laid upon Jesus (Isaiah 53:6-10).
- Suffering and reigning go together; if we don't want to suffer, we won't receive glory.
- The source of all Christian service is the crucified and risen Lord Jesus (Revelation 1:5).
- The Son of Man came not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give His life as a ransom. His life was the liberating price for freedom from slavery to sin (v45).
- In our weakness we have the strength of God; we have a victorious baptism as Jesus has overcome all (Acts 1:8).
- The empowering of the Holy Spirit enables a Christian view of discipleship, servanthood, and leadership (See Acts 7-8, 12).
- There's a blindness to the kingdom and the cross of Christ.
- Like Bartimaeus (Mark 10:38) do we just want to see Jesus so we can serve Him?
- What does following Jesus really mean to us? Is it about right and left seats? Is it about places of prestige and power?
- What's the significance of Acts 1:8 for our participation in the ministries of the church?
- Why isn't Satan our biggest enemy? Who is our biggest enemy?
- How does Hebrews 6:11-12 challenge the status quo in our lives?
- In light of the abounding grace of God in our lives, is our attitude like that of the Psalmist: What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me? (Psalm 116:12). Why or why not?
- How does Hebrews 11 portray the path of discipleship? What prevents me from living a life of faith?