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95: The Call To Discipleship -VS- Psychological Theory
We’re going to look at the message of psychology contrasted with the Bible. Psychology is having a heavy duty impact on our culture, our nation, and thereby upon the church.
The most seductively dangerous area of psychology is the part which seeks to explain why people are the way they are and how they change. The theories and techniques of psychological counseling and psychotherapy fall into this category. That’s what we’re basically concerned about and what we’re contrasting with the word of God.
Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (or destruction).”
The Call To Discipleship
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus gave us the great commission. We've been called to "go therefore and make disciple of all nations." That's our joy. That's what we do as a church - the people of God. This is the big picture. Wherever we go and as we go - in the home, the marketplace, at church, on the job or at school. Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations..." That's what we are to be reminding each other about. Calling one another back to the Word of God and the Great Commission.
Luke 9:23 describes the terms of discipleship. How to get on the right path and follow Jesus. If anyone desires to follow Jesus, they must deny themselves (the independent self-life), pick up their cross and follow Him. No to self.
What is independent self-life? It is the life I build and design independent from God. I make decisions based on my personality, my intellect, my will, and my desires that get shaped and formed independent from God. We are called to renounce this tendency moment by moment, day by day. We're called to say "no to self" and "yes to Jesus".
Why is this so radical? Because this is what prevents people from following Jesus Christ. It's really self-righteousness. All those self hyphenated words, it's saying, "I don't need a savior. I'm not really that bad. I just need a little boost. Bear with me a little bit longer." That's self-righteous language.
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