4/5/2015 | "O Death, Where Is Your Sting?" | 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Pastor Brandon Bellomo

4/5/2015 | "O Death, Where Is Your Sting?" | 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

Pastor Brandon Bellomo

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Discipleship is not difficult to understand, but it is challenging to live out. Discipleship is a call to follow Jesus no matter the cost (Matt. 16:24).  We may trace discipleship back some 2000 years ago when Jesus approached a handful of common men and uttered these solemn words: “Follow me.”  In but a few years these men who had “been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13) would be used of God to continue a movement that would alter the course of history and eternity.


These men were apprentices, learning their Master’s trade; they were students, absorbing their Master’s teaching; they were followers, experiencing life as their Master lived it.  Day after day, month after month, year after year they were trained in the way of their Master.  They watched him eat, sleep, travel, speak, and pray.  They saw him walk on water, heal the sick, raise the dead, calm storms, feed multitudes, mend hearts.  In him they beheld divine character in a human being—rare balances of truth and love, compassion and boldness, humility and authority.  They watched him suffer and die.  They were witnesses of his resurrection.  Then, at the end of their training, they were commissioned by Jesus to make disciples of all nations by going, baptizing, and teaching others to obey all that Jesus commanded (Matt. 28:18-20).  Jesus promised them his power and his presence in order to continually awaken confidence and comfort in them as they continued the mission their Master began.  This commission is clearly meant to be a torch  handed to each successive generation until Jesus comes again to judge the living and the dead.


We at FBC want to be a local church filled with people who take up this mission, a people who seek to walk as Jesus walked (1 Jn. 2:6), a people who seek to “follow in his steps” (1 Pet. 2:21).  In a word, we recognize that we are to be disciples making disciples.  By God’s grace we want to look more and more like the rugged and faithful Christianity we read about in the pages of our New Testaments.  May God fulfill these resolves for good by the power of his Spirit and for the glory of his Son!

Resources for Further Study:

The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Multiply by Francis Chan

Discipleship 101 Sermon Series by Pastor Brandon

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