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This is the teaching site of the West Side church of Christ in Fort Worth, TX. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials were written and prepared by Stan Cox

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Sermon: Jesus’ Call – “Follow Me”

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The concept of discipleship, with its sacrifices as well as its rewards, is summed up in words Jesus spoke numerous times in Matthew’s gospel, “Follow Me.”

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The Practice of Discipline

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In Romans 16:17, Paul wrote, “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.”

Some would take this as a mere suggestion, that can be heeded or rejected at our whim. However, we note that Paul was writing this by inspiration. As such this is the urging of the Holy Spirit, not to be taken lightly.

Others had rejected Paul’s instructions regarding disciplining the unruly. The Corinthians had ignored Paul’s admonition to withdraw themselves from a sexually immoral brother (cf. 1 Corinthians 5). In response, Paul wrote, “And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you” (vs. 2). Later in the text, he wrote, “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (vs. 6).

When we reject the Holy Spirit’s admonition to discipline the disorderly, we are prideful. Such pride is sinful, and such action is willful. We are not at liberty to disregard God’s instructions on this or any other matter!

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Sermon: Following at a Distance

Speaker: Brantley Gallman

Peter’s failing in Luke 22:54, where he “followed at a distance” serves as an object lesson to us.

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Sermon: Applying the Fruit of the Spirit to our Lives

Sermon by Bob Ward

Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit. This lesson examines each attribute, with a call to apply them to our lives.

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Sermon: Desiring to Know the Will of God

In spiritual matters, we must be moved by faith’s constant desire to know God’s will. We must be true disciples (learners) of Jesus Christ.

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Sermon: Who Are We?

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Sermon: Integrity

Image The sermon shows that we must walk in integrity (cf. Psalm 26:11) toward ourselves, others, and ultimately, God.

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Sermon: Fighting Against God

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Sermon: Followers of Christ

Followers of ChristDiscipleship requires sacrifice on the part of the follower. This is especially true as we consider what our Lord expects from us! It is worth the effort to examine, what kind of followers are we?

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3 Loves of Christ’s Disciples

loveBefore His ascension, Jesus told His apostles, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). The mark of discipleship is obedience to the teacher. If we are disciples of Christ, it is because we have embraced His teaching, and we “observe” or obey what He commands. The preeminent command of our Lord is to love. Jesus said to His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

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Sermon: At the Crossroads

We all must make choices in our lives. Ultimately, our eternal destiny depends upon taking the narrow and difficult path that leads to life. The lesson discusses several questions all must ask themselves at one time or another, including:

  • Will you obey the gospel?
  • Will you live above sin?
  • Will you pay the price of discipleship?
  • Will you remember God while you are young?
  • Will you endure to the end?

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Sermon: The Cost of our Discipleship

Jonathan Hinds uses the text of Luke 14:25-ff to introduce a lesson on the subject, The Cost of our Discipleship.

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Invitation: Practice

Invitation delivered by: Darren Johnson

One thing common to all Olympic athletes is that they practiced continually and diligently in order to become the best athletes they possibly could be. Darren points out, using passages such as 2 Peter 1:5-11, the importance of practicing the Christian faith. As we do so, we grow and mature, and benefit from God’s blessings.

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Sermon: A Personal Relationship with God

The Phrase “A personal relationship with God” is used often today. Unfortunately it is sometimes used to mean something other than what God requires for such a relationship. Such a relationship requires contact, spending time together, trust and nurturing.

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Sermon: But seek first the kingdom of God

We must overcome the temptation to put anything before our Christ. If we put Christ first, we will attend worship, give purposefully and liberally, study His word, zealously and tirelessly work in His vineyard, pray often and share the good news with others.

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