What means the name Christian? Many different answers I’m sure could be rendered but when everything is said and done, a Christian is a follower of Christ and hence by definition, a disciple of Christ. You'll not find a speck of implied casualness in its meaning! "And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch" (Acts 11:26). The name disciple immediately carries with it a clear connotation that perhaps is lost in today's vernacular when we use the name Christian. If you were to meet someone who told you that they were a disciple of another, instantly you would understand what that person was intending to convey. What they would be saying in a nutshell, is that they're a pupil of another, but more than that; a follower, someone who adheres to and imitates another. In fact, if you met such a professing disciple it would be a perfectly logical next step to ask them “who are you following and who is your master?” These exact same sentiments are contained in the Greek word mathētēs which being translated means disciple.
In this sermon, a direct link and relationship is made between spiritual growth and obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord. A challenging observation is brought to light, giving the reason as to why in our day there appears to be an epidemic of spiritual babes and infants in Christ, not willing to be brought to full age. That reason? Jesus is not Lord of their lives! Ask a mature believer what has been the secret of their spiritual growth and without hesitation, they will tell you…obedience! It is my prayer that God would use this sermon to bring us to such a place of spiritual maturity.