How to Make Disciples: NewStart Day 6 Transcript
Every day of a new Christian’s walk with Jesus, they need clear teaching and encouraging mentoring. In this post, I transcribe the teaching from the plan for discipling new Christians found at NewStart Discipleship. This helps give new Christians a clear new believer Bible reading plan, along with a set of new habits for new Christians.
Here’s the transcript from day 6:
New Start Discipleship Day 6
Hey, welcome to New Start Discipleship Day Number Six! I'm excited to share with you today from John 5. Okay, so John 5, here's what you're going to notice in John 5. This is about Jesus' miracles and Jesus's authority, okay? Authority, what I mean is that in the spiritual world, he has power and right to command, okay. He has the right to command. He's God.
Now, a lot of times, you'll see people in our world today who said that Jesus was kind of like a guru. Like he was a powerful teacher, he had great things. He taught us to love one another. But He was, I don't know, I don't accept Jesus' claim to be God, or the unbelief. He was that I just think he was a great teacher that taught us how to be with one another. But Jesus never opened up that possibility. He just didn't, He was a teacher, but he was far more than a teacher. And he always claimed to be that, in fact, just a good teacher would have never claimed the things that Jesus claims. Let's take a look at it, all right.
In John 5, you're going to first read a story about Jesus healing a man and giving him authority, giving him healing who had been lame for 30 plus years, okay, for a long time. And then Jesus was doing this on the Jewish Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest. And there were a lot of Jewish traditions about what you can't do on the Sabbath. And they were mad that he was healing people on the Sabbath, which is kind of mind blowing to you and me. But that's the, was the climate of the religious climate at the time. And they were mad because Jesus was doing these things. And Jesus says, He says, I have a right to do this stuff, I have authority.
And so, I want you to notice several things that Jesus says, first, He says, I don't do anything by myself. In other words, he's always in unity, with his father in heaven, God, the Father, and God, the son has come down if you recall, and he says that, I am always in unity with my father in heaven. And I want you to notice some of the things that he claims for himself. Look at verse number 21,
“Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life. Even so the son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it.”
Wow! So, Jesus claims to be able to give life, to be in charge of spiritual life and physical life; resurrection, he can do that. He's like, there's nothing too hard for me for that. He claims to be able to raise people from the dead. Wow! That's not good teacher terminology. That's like, I'm God terminology. Verse 24. He says,
“Whoever hears my word and believes, Him who sent me has eternal life. And he says, I'm telling you a time is coming,”
“Where the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”
Wow! He's saying, there's coming a day I, me, I'm going to raise up the dead. And they're going to come out of the grave. Good teachers, they don’t say that, only God can say that he's either he's a liar, or he's God coming in the flesh. Because there is no good teacher in this situation. He's not, or we just tell them the truth, all right? Verse 28,
“Or there's come a time when all those who are in the graves will hear his voice and come out.”
Wow. Now look at this verse number 23. This is a key, a key verse here,
“That all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father.”
This is very important, because you, maybe you've seen Jehovah's Witnesses going knocking on people's doors, and they'll come and tell you that Jesus is a great person, but he's not God, that we don't honor him the same way we honor the Father. But Jesus says, God has given all this, the Father has given all this authority to me as his co-equal, so that everyone may honor me, just as they honor the Father.
Now, no good teacher says this, right? No good teachers do this where you gotta honor me just as you honor God. No, that's not a good teacher. That is more than a good teacher. It's got to be, Jesus didn't leave that door even cracked open to be like, yeah, he's a good teacher. No.
So instead, what you're reading here is the authority of the Son of God, who has all power and I'm so excited about that. I'm so glad about that. Because God has granted to Jesus. Jesus has as God, authority over all things.
So, let's get started Day Number Six. Now write down your questions, comments. Ask your mentor, write down what you're thankful for, pray, spend some time talking with the Lord, and let's keep it moving. God bless you.
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Darrell Stetler II is a pastor in Oklahoma City, and loves Jesus, disciple-making, his family, and Oreos (although not equally).