My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
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But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The commission from Jesus Christ is a set of instructions for his disciples. They are to continue his ministry by going out and making more disciples but only because the authority which has been given to Jesus. These disciples are to go and make more disciples and baptize them. Finally he reminds them that he will always be with them. While this all sounds really good, we read that the eleven gathered to worship him and receive these instructions but some continued to be doubtful. It is with this doubt that they listened to his instruction but it leads us to question whether they all overcame their doubt, or whether it led to doubtful discipleship.
I have to confess that I have never really paid that much attention to the verses preceding the great commission and was a bit surprised to learn that some of the disciples continued to be doubtful. Yet, I believe we may just find ourselves right there with the eleven, questioning our faith and trust in Jesus. We may be doubtful disciples, and the result may be doubtful discipleship.
The opening of the book of Acts leads into the activities of the disciples and their lives and ministry. We hear much of some of them, and others seem to disappear from the pages of history. Could it have been a difference between belief and doubt. The faith of the disciple may have a direct affect on their disciples. I'm afraid that doubtful disciples will raise up more doubtful disciples. Believing disciples will raise up believing disciples.
The faith of the disciples was witnessed by the fruit of those whom they discipled. This commission is for all of God's children, for we are all called to make disciples. But if we were to examine our fruit what would be found? Believing disciples, or doubtful disciples. Our own faith will determine our fruit and so, before we become frustrated with those around us and what may appear to be a lack of faith, maybe we ought to examine ourselves. If we were on the mountain with the disciples today would we be a doubter? If so, then we will be engaged in doubtful discipleship.
Thank you, Lord for all you have done for us. Please help me in my unbelief and empower me to make disciples. Amen.
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Scripture: Acts 9:32 Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. Observation:
In this text by the physician Luke, Paul has just recently been converted. Suddenly the narrative shifts to the Apostle Peter who is, no doubt, the leader of the followers of the Way. This passage sets the stage for the expansion of the ministry to the Gentiles. It is in Joppa that Peter has his vision that eventually leads him to the house of Cornelius but at this moment, Peter has no idea where this is going. Peter is simply going about his business, visiting the believers who live outside of Jerusalem, making it to the town of Lydda.
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This passage from Paul’s epistle to the Galatians is frequently quoted and used to remind us of the unity which is found when we belong to Christ. Any barriers that may have existed are to be brought down. The power of prejudice is to be destroyed and a new life is to be found when one belongs to Christ.
Jerome put it this way, “ When one has once put on Christ and, having been sent into the flame, glows with the ardor of the Holy Spirit, it is not apparent whether he is of gold or silver. As long as the heat takes over the mass in this way there is one fiery color, and all diversity of race, condition and body is taken away by such a garment.” (EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS 2.3.27–28) What happens is that the former…