7 Discipleship

Opening Questions:

1. What were you doing when you were most growing spiritually?

2. What do you think “making disciples” entails?

3. How have you demonstrated being a good learner?


Teaching- “Go therefore into all the world making disciples, baptizing them…(Mt28:19)” is referred to as the “Great Commission.” It is the challenge for every Christian. Baptism is a one-time act. It is definite and defining. You are dripping wet or you stayed dry. Discipleship is a lifelong process.


To be a disciple is to be a learner. Jesus was a great teacher. He was never called “general” or “officer” but He was called “Rabi.” He was a masterful teacher using parables and stories. Even His miracles were “signs” into a deeper truth (Jn2:11). Jesus multiplies the bread then declares “I am the bread of life (Jn6:51).” Similarly, when Jesus calls Lazarus from the grave He declares; “I am the life and resurrection (Jn11:25).” Again, when Jesus heals the blind man and goes on to say: “I am the light of the world (Jn8:12).” If all that Jesus said and did was written down all the books in all the world would not contain it (Jn21:25). Do you love learning about Jesus?


The Holy Spirit “guides us in all truth (Jn16:13).” Jesus encourages us; “the Holy Spirit will teach you of Me (Jn14:26).” A disciple of Jesus has the Holy Spirit to illuminate God’s word. As we study the Bible, it is “living and cuts to our hearts (Heb4:12).”

Discipleship not only involves Jesus and the Holy Spirit but also other believers. “You learned my manner of life,” the apostle Paul declared. Discipleship is more “caught than taught.” “As we walk in the light as He is in the light the blood of Christ cleanses us,” John wrote (1Jn1:9). “As Iron sharpens Iron so one man sharpens another (Pro27:17).” We were made to be connected.


“If any man will be my disciple, let him take up his cross daily (Mt16:24),” Jesus challenged. Discipleship is a daily choice. I think it is best to begin the day early in prayer and Bible reading. This sets the tone. Look to see your prayers answered. Making church a priority on the weekends should be definite.


Conclusion:

1. Who has discipled you? How did that happen?

2. How do you intend on growing spiritually each day?

3. How would being a better disciple effect your life?



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