Jesus Calls Disciples

Mark 8:34-38

Sunday April 6, 2003

34 Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. "If any of you wants to be my follower," he told them, "you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. 35 If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life. 36 And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul? NLT

This message was preached April 6, 2003, at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at  

When Jesus began His ministry, one of the first things that He did was to call some people to follow Him. He called them disciples. They were to learn from Him and then to continue the work that He had begun.

Jesus is still calling disciples today. Every believer, true believer will be a disciple.

John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." NKJV

So it is today Jesus is looking for those who will believe and follow Him.

  1. We are called to follow Him:
    1. Follow Him in humility
    2. Follow Him in service
    3. Follow Him in suffering
    4. Follow His teaching - obey
    5. Follow Him in self-denial
  2. He has called us as laborers
    1. Becoming a disciple is more than just signing up for heaven.
    2. It is more than assenting to a system of doctrine.
    3. We are called to make disciples.
    4. To labor in God's vineyard.
    5. To continue the work to carry the gospel into all the world.
  3. Disciples are called to exclusivity
    1. Dedicated to Him alone.
    2. Dedicated totally to Him
    3. Discipleship involves varying areas of service but not varying measures of devotion.