September 18, 2018

Sermon: What Disciples See

jscob.jpgI preached at First Presbyterian Church in London, Kentucky again today. I took the lectionary text (John 1:29-42) and followed it down a bit further (-51) so I could not just talk about Jesus calling disciples, but about disciples being promised that they will see more than those who simply believe in miracles. Apologies to N.T. Wright for the idea that Jesus is the place where heaven and earth come together.

One thing about a sermon on discipleship is that you need to bring the Gospel of the Cross in, and since it’s not a focus of the words of the call, I wanted to say that the disciple’s pursuit of God comes in response to the Gospel; to what God has already done. If I were doing this again, I’d say more about Jesus as the Lamb of God being the first word of the disciple’s journey.

I want to thank the good people of First Presbyterian for allowing me to fill the pulpit for three Sundays. I’m praying that Pastor Ted is back and feeling better soon.

Note: I do insert the phrase “when you follow me” into the text a couple of times because I want to make it clear that Jesus was talking about what a disciple who follows sees rather than what a believer in miracles sees.

Here’s “What Disciple’s See” from John 1:29-51.


  1. I do want to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. I truly do.

    Thank you for the post.

    Shirley Buxton

  2. Michael,

    Excellent preaching! How we need more of this. Your topic reminds me of a prayer by A.W. Tozer. It’s been my prayer lately, and I’m sure could be the prayer of many of us who long to love and follow Jesus more faithfully but know of our need for Divine grace to do so…

    O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. “ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus’ name. Amen. A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, p.20