Archive for discipleship

The Wager

Posted in discipleship by LifeSpringChurch on May 10th, 2018

This sermon is the first in a series about Christian maturity.  It explores the message of the book of Ecclesiastes which shows how following human pursuits is only a dead end, full of meaninglessness.  The writer ends the book saying, "Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of mankind."  That is how we open this series.

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There were many people of this kind.

Posted in Jesus, discipleship, disciples, Levi by LifeSpringChurch on February 12th, 2018

This sermon comes from Mark 2:13-17 which is about Jesus' selection of Levi, the tax collector, to be a disciple.  The sermon is about how Jesus preferred the sick, poor, and disenfranchised with whom to keep company rather than the wealthy, advantaged religious leaders of his day.

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Caring About the Weak

Posted in discipleship, Christians, mind of Christ, Christ by LifeSpringChurch on January 8th, 2017

This sermon looks at the second four of the eight beatitudes in Matthew 5:  merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, and the persecuted.  The beatitudes, in sum, give a picture of the transformation that occurs to those who take discipleship to Jesus seriously.

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Realizing Our Need for God

Posted in Jesus, discipleship by LifeSpringChurch on January 4th, 2017

This is the first of two sermons on the Beatitudes and the gateway to a Winter/Spring series on the teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew.  Each of the Beatitudes serves like a link in a chain, each link dependent on the previous.  The text for the sermon is Matthew 5:3-10.

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I’m Just A-Passing Through

Posted in love, sin, discipleship by LifeSpringChurch on October 19th, 2015

This sermon takes its title from the language of exiles used in 1 Peter and it refers to how disciples of Jesus are more like refugees than settled residents.  This is the first sermon in a short series on the study of sin.  

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What does discipleship look like?

Posted in discipleship, follow me, calling, disciples by LifeSpringChurch on October 12th, 2015

This is the last sermon in a series on discipleship, and in it we look at Paul's assertion that Jesus surmounts everything else in the world in importance.  Jesus said that there is a certain burden associated with following him, but it is light in comparison to every other path we might take.

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Jesus Is Calling YOU

Posted in discipleship, follow me, disciples by LifeSpringChurch on October 12th, 2015

This sermon begins with the telling of the story of Scheherazade and her conversion to Christianity.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer went to a firing squad in Hitler's prisons because of his commitment to following Jesus alone.  The sermon looks at what Jesus expects of his followers.

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Dumbing-Down Discipleship

Posted in discipleship, follow me, disciples by LifeSpringChurch on October 12th, 2015

This sermon looks at the tendency human beings have of lowering the expectations we have for what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  Clearly, Jesus intends for us to give our whole selves to the role of being his followers.

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Running as a Metaphor for Discipleship

Posted in discipleship by LifeSpringChurch on September 26th, 2015

This sermon looks at the use of running as a way of describing the life of discipleship.  

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Racing with Horses

Posted in preparation, discipleship by LifeSpringChurch on September 21st, 2015

This sermon looks at God's response to whining Jeremiah.  "If you can't race with humans, how will you race with horses?"  This sermon looks at the importance of being both strong and prepared in order to live with discipline in tough times.

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