Pastor Brown started off with an illustration about a family that chose to not treat a sick child for a treatable sickness in the name of faith. The child died and they were convicted of manslaughter (Carl Worthington). His quote was: “When you remove man’s involvement in the name of faith something God given can be lost. There is a problem when we isolate ourselves from human involvement in our lives as seen in Prov 18:1. Children need parents to train them up (Prov 22:6) and disciples need a pastor to “equip them for the work of the ministry” (Eph 4:11-12).
The discipline needed to train a disciple to endure and conquer through the hardships of ministry need to be differentiated from the grace of salvation. Mixing the two is dangerous, but eliminating the disciplines of the faith is just as dangerous so the disciplines are necessary for us to make it through the spiritual war we fight.
Three things go into making a disciple, this from his text: Matt 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…1. involvement 2. impartation of spirit through relationship 3. The God factor – the secret choices a man makes with God. The conclusion was to examine the way you are living, your choices and your attitudes in light of being a disciple.