June 20, 2021
Disciples Make Disciples by being Disciples
Sam McVay Jr.
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Disciples bear the fruit of love and obedience carrying the presence of the Holy Spirit everywhere they go. Disciples make disciples by literally being disciples themselves.
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Genesis 1:12 (ESV)
12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
You produce what you are according to the "law of the seed".
The Holy Spirit wants to multiply you not a strategy.
You being a disciple will organically produced other disciples.
Acts 11:19-26 (NIV)
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21 The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
The only hope for the world is more about WHO we are not WHAT we do.
Disciples bear the fruit of love and obedience carrying the presence of the Holy Spirit everywhere they go.
Disciples make disciples not primarily by executing a strategy as much as literally being disciples themselves.
As we go in life we spread the seed of the kingdom and disciples are made.
I believe that this why there is so little "strategy" in the letters of Paul and so much "identity revelation".
When you know who you are you will begin to organically do and reproduce.
So, discipleship happens where you are!
And where you are is where the kingdom is and is needed.
So- where are you?
Sam McVay, Sermon, Discipleship