We’re in a 10-part Wednesday night series right now all based on the amazing word Kaleo. In Greek it means to call to someone with your voice, to call them to action or an office or to a purpose. In ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i – the Hawaiian language – it is a male name that is translated as “the voice” or “the sound” in English. Isn’t it interesting that both languages spell the word the same, pronouns the word in similar ways and they both have to do with a voice or a call to action.
Tonight pastor Greg wraps up part eight of ten with the second half of the Fourth Kaleo of Akua. We are Called to Disciple.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:19-20
Last week we also talked about how being part of a small group ministry at your home church is one of the best ways I know to be discipled and it is the best starting place I know to disciple others.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:42-47
TWO WAYS YOU CAN MAKE DISCIPLES
1) YOU CAN MAKE DISCIPLES BY YOUR EXAMPLE!
“Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” – Philippians 3:17
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 11:1
It means not just to follow but to imitate.
As Christians, in just one or two generations of the information age, we have become almost indistinguishable from the rest of the world culture. That is tragic because, of course, we are not called to look like the world. We are called to be the opposite.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:2
2) YOU CAN DISCIPLE WITH YOUR WORDS!
“But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see.” – Deuteronomy 3:28
You have found a great Savior, a Great God. Share Him with other people! Why share TV, food, books, movies, beaches with other people and not share Jesus? It makes no sense to me! When He’s really changed your life, when you are a true disciple, then you make disciples as you go. Plus, we are called to make disciples. We are commanded to make disciples! Remember what Jesus asked in the Sermon on the Plain?
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do what I tell you? ~ Luke 6:46
Your relationship with Jesus is supposed to be personal, but it was never supposed to be private. American culture may say don’t talk about God in public but the Bible says the opposite. We are supposed to be obvious and outgoing about our faith relationship with Jesus.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. ~ Matthew 16:24