Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Growing in Discipleship
by Erik Momsen
For some time now we have been talking about establishing roots which must produce maturity and finally fruit. We are foolish if we think we will produce good fruit season after season without roots in prayer, the Word and the Spirit.
The process of growth from roots to fruits is hindered by the fact that the church is full of believers and not disciples. The church teaches many ideas but has not succeeded in getting us to live these teachings.
Jesus was quite clear about hearing and doing.
"Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock." (Matthew 7:24)
"And why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? Whoever comes to Me and hears My words, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like. He is like a man who built a house and dug deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and a flood occurring, the stream burst against that house and could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock. But he who hears and does not perform, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, on which the stream burst, and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great." (Luke 6:46)
DISCIPLE - FOLLOWER - IMITATOR
Jesus spoke to a Jewish crowd and they understood what it was to follow a rabbi. That is why they call Him "rabbi". His instruction to the twelve was "come follow me". He was saying, "Listen to my teaching, take them into your deepest being, let them change the way you think, feel and act."
A "TALMID" was one who followed a rabbi. This word was first used for a music student who would learn from a master and then play for an audience. Learn & do!!!
A "MATHETES" was the Greek word for disciple, learner, student. The word mathematics originates here. Maths is tough ... go figure.
TUPOS - types - imitator - tupos from tuptoo "to make an imprint."
"Brothers, be imitators together of me, and mark those who walk this way, for you have us for a pattern." (Philippians 3:17)
"And you became imitators (mimetes) of us and of the Lord, welcoming the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you were examples (tupos) to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia." (1 Thessalonians 1:6,7)
ROOTS TO DISCIPLESHIP
1) A rabbi taught the Word - we see this when Jesus enters the synagogue in Luke 4. He opens the Word.
- get taught.
- get a good Bible.
- get good teaching into you.
2) The TALMID memorised the Word. Jewish children knew the first five books of the Bible by the age of ten.
- start with small passages, or even a verse.
- read as much of the Bible as possible.
- sing songs based on the Word
3) The rabbi discussed the Word with a small group.
- talk to a Bible teacher as often as possible.
- get into a small group that loves the Word.
4) The rabbi moved around and lived life with his TALMID.
- do missions together
- a mission is any going activity with Jesus as centre
5) Start teaching others little by little.
- the rabbi's picked the brightest.
- Jesus looks at hearts of faith.
- Jesus picks the foolish of the world to confound the "wise".
6) In the end, the Holy Spirit is our teacher.
"But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatever I have said to you". (John 14:26)
- pray in the Spirit's power.
- study by His guidance.
Date Added: 2008-06-03
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