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Lesson taken from  the sermon on Sunday, July 2017 




Apostle Dr. Nadie DuBose

So, Do You Really Want to be a Disciple of Jesus?


Scripture Reference:  Matthew 8:16-22; Luke 14:26



Background
 
As we continue to follow the ministry of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, we start with learning about His family heritage in chapter 1, to learning of His birth in chapter 2, being introduced to His cousin and predecessor John the Baptist and witnessing His baptism by Him in chapter 3, observing Him being tempted by Satan in chapter 4, understanding His teachings about Kingdom Living in chapters 5, 6, and 7, learning of him healing the leper by His touch, while also becoming aware of His healing the centurions servant by speaking the Word, followed by His visit to Peter Mother in Law’s House to heal Her of a fever that plagued her entire by the simply touching her Hand. We also are able to learn of the many people that were brought to Him in the evening where He cast demonic spirits out of them by speaking His word and healed all who were sick.
 
However, midway through chapter 8, the Apostle Matthew shares with us the response Jesus gives to a scribe and one of His disciples about what it means to follow Him and be His disciple.

 
Key Scripture:  Matthew 8:18-20
 
In these Scriptures, we see that a scribe has approached Jesus and says to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go and Jesus responds with a statement in which He says Foxes have holes, Birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no where to lays His Head.”
 
Key Words
 
Scribe – In the Greek, “Grammateus” – a man of letters, teacher of the law; qualified to teach in synagogues, connected with the Pharisees and Chief priests, often ambitious of honor and demanded it from their students and was granted to them by the people generally”
 
Follow – In the Greek, “akoloutheo” – to accompany to join one as an attendant, to be in the same way, expresses likeness or union; to join one as a disciple; to become his disciple.

 
Questions
  1. In your opinion, why do you think the scribe asked to follow Jesus?
  2. Name a few reasons why you believe people have a desire to follow Jesus.
  3. Although the scripture does not list it, what do you believe the Scribe’s response was to Jesus statement, “Foxes have holes, Birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lays His Head.”
  4. Take a moment to discuss how one’s motives impact their decision to follow Jesus.
 
 
Key Scripture:  Matthew 8:21-22
 
In these Scriptures, we see how another disciple says, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father. Jesus responds and says, “Follow me, let the dead bury their own dead!”

 

Key Words
 
Disciple – in the Greek, “mathetes”, a learner, or pupil, disciple; 
 
Dead – in the Greek, nekros,- dead; means spiritually dead, without life that is devoted to God because one is given to trespasses and sins;
 
“Jewish Burials stretched over a year’s time. A year after the initial burial, the eldest son was obligated to gather the skeletal remains and place them in an ossuary (‘a container or room in which the bones of dead people are placed’) for a second burial” (NKJV Bible, 2013, p. 1611)
 
Questions
 
  1. In your opinion, why do you think the disciple asked Jesus to “first bury His father?”
  2. Name a few statements people say that they want to do “first” before following Jesus
  3. Although the scripture does not list it, what do you believe was the disciple’s response to Jesus Statement, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
  4. Take a moment to identify and discuss how one’s priorities and personal challenges impact their ability to follow Jesus.
 
“It was the task, (responsibility) of the disciple to (not only personally practice) pass along the sayings and teachings of the Master” (Holman Bible Dictionary, 1991, 364)
 
George Barna in His book, Growing True Disciples says that a disciple is “someone who is a complete and competent follower of Jesus Christ” (2001, 19).
 
In Luke 14:26, Jesus outlines what one has to do in order to be His disciple. In the Greek “meseo” translated “hate” –which meant His must love his family and life less and love Jesus more.
 
 
Application
 
The impulsive Scribe – Impure Motive
The Hesitant Disciple – Misplaced Priorities