THE BIG D

September 17, 2015

DISCIPLING

 

Once a person has put his trust in Christ he is a Christian. But unless he is filled with the Spirit and learns to eat solid spiritual food, he will always be a baby Christian, controlled by his own desires and not God’s (1 Cor. 3:1).

BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

Jesus told his disciples they were to go and make disciples in all the nations, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands he had given them (Matt. 28:19,20).

And just as Paul had disciple Timothy, his son in the things of the Lord, he urged Timothy to teach the great truths of God’s Word to trustworthy men who would, in turn, pass them on to others (2 Tim. 2:2).

 

The goal of discipling is, of course, to make disciples.  But before beginning this important task, we need to know what a disciple is.

Characteristics of a disciple

FAITH:

A disciple is one who has put his faith in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation and continue to live by faith (John 3:16: Rom. 1:17; Heb. 11:6).

Disciples are know as “believers” because of their faith in Christ (Acts 2:44).

Disciples grow in their faith because they read the Bible (John 20:31; Rom. 10:17; 2 Pet. 3:18).

OBEDIENCE:

Disciples live as Jesus has taught them to, and find that obedience is not a form of bondage but the beginning of true freedom (John 8:30, 31).

Obedience is proof that a disciple has faith, a faith that is not “dead and useless” (James 2:17).

Obedience is a demonstration of his love for Christ (John 14:24).

HOPE

The disciple has a hope that look forward to the salvation God has promised, and knows that it is his without question (Heb 11:23).

The disciple know that Christ is his only hope. The hope of glory (1 Tim. 1:1; Col. 1:27).

The disciple has the Holy Spirit’s power within him, causing him to overflow with hope (Rom. 15:13).

The disciple looks forward to the time when he will see the glory of Christ, and this belief in Christ’s return is why he tries to stay pure (Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:3).

THE DISCIPLE HAS:

A hope that endures in times of trouble (Rom. 12:12); a hope of becoming all that God has in mind for him to be (Rom. 5:2); a hope of a better life after this one (1 Cor. 15:19); a hope of a new body that will never become sick or die (Rom. 8:23, 24); a hope of a better world (Rom. 8:18-21); a hope of a better world (Rom. 8:18-21); a hope of a home with Jesus in heaven.

Obstacles to becoming a disciple

PRIDE OF PERSONAL PIETY:

I can do it myself (Luke 18:1-14,17).

LOVE OF EARTHLY POSSESSIONS:

I have too much to lose (Luke 18:18-27).

FEAR OF PERSONAL INJURY:

I don’t want to take any chances (Luke 18:31-34; Matt 16:21-25).

Please pray for Veronica, she has strayed far from God and is fighting hard to stay away from the Lord.

Pray Kim and her battle with cancer, in her prayer request she asks that we remember her sister and her feat that she too will find she has cancer at an early age

Melba A. having more surgery

Roger asks we pray for his son who is far from responding to God

Prayer requests and comments at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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