Discipleship

Barnabas Seeks Saul to Help with Discipleship - Acts 11:19 – 11:26 (commentary)

As a result of Stephen’s martyrdom (8:1-2) the saints were scattered abroad, and some of them ended up in Antioch, the capital of Syria, which was about 300 miles north of Jerusalem (v. 19). As a result many Jews heard the gospel, believed and turned to the Lord (vv. 20-21). When …

Discipleship Despite Difficulties - Acts 20:1 – 20:6 (commentary)

The riot covered in the previous chapter put an end to any further usefulness for Paul in Ephesus. In verse one Paul arrived in Macedonia, in a state of spiritual depression. It seems that at this time he had evangelized the province of Illyricum, on the Adriatic Sea across from …

Paul Was Always Gentle - I Thessalonians 2:7 – 2: 8 (commentary)

Gentleness is often overlooked as a personal trait in our society (v. 7). To demonstrate power and assertiveness seems to get more respect but no one likes to be bullied. It is true that Paul was a man of authority but he always used this authority in love. We find him in this pa …

The Cost of Being a Disciple - Luke 14:25 – 14:35 (commentary)

At this point large crowds are following Jesus and He wants to make it clear that they need to examine why they are following Him (v. 25). When it comes to personal discipleship He is more interested in quality than quantity. He is looking for followers who will be willing …

Jesus Predicts His Death - Luke 18:28 – 18:34 (commentary)

Peter and the other disciples had paid a high price by leaving their homes and jobs to follow Jesus (v. 28). But Jesus reminded Peter that following him has its benefits as well as its sacrifices. They had begun to pay the price of following Jesus and He said they would be …