First Principles


Introduction: Matthew 28:18-20

  • What does Jesus want everybody to become?
  • Which is the more popular term–disciple or Christian?
  • The word “Christian” only appears three times in the New Testament. It was the name those in the world gave the disciples (Acts 11:19-26), seven years after the church began.
  • The word “disciple” occurs over 270 times in the New Testament. Jesus defines the term disciple throughout his ministry.
  • Jesus came to make disciples. Only disciples will be saved.

Mark 1:14-18

  1. Calling of the first disciples
  2. Come follow me (Christ).
  3. “…make you fishers of men…” Jesus gave these first disciples the real purpose for living.
  4. Immediately

Luke 9:23-26

  1. If any man…
  2. Deny self. Notice Christ in the garden (Matthew 26:36-39, “Not my will, but your will.”) Don’t give into moods.
  3. Carry the cross–daily.
  4. Gain world…forfeit soul. Lose your life for Jesus…save it.

Luke 14:25-33

  1. If any man…
  2. Count the cost (vv. 28-30)
  3. Consider the alternatives (vv. 31-32)
  4. Love Christ more than any person (v. 26)
  5. Persecution (v. 27)
  6. Everything, not jus anything (v. 33)

Luke 11:1-4

  1. Must learn to pray–disciples saw the strength Jesus received from the Father.
  2. Daily personal relationship with God (v. 3)

John 13:34-35

  1. Love one another.
  2. Be an active part of the fellowship.

Matthew 28:18-20

  1. Command–make disciples (given to all).
  2. Who is a candidate for baptism?
  3. You need someone to disciple you to maturity in Christ.
  4. This is the only way to save the world!
Year          Preacher          Discipler
1                365                     2
2                730                     4
3                1,095                  8
13              4,745                  8,192
32              11,680                Over 5 billion

Concluding Questions

  • Am I a disciple?
  • Am I a Christian?
  • Am I saved?
  • What do I need to do to become a disciple?

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