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7 Important Points to Discipleship

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 124

Apart from our personal relationship with Jesus, our primary calling as Christians is to make disciples, but do we know what that means and more importantly have we ever done it?

I am referring of course to 'The great commission' which Jesus gives to His disciples right at the end of His ministry as recorded in Matthew 28 v 18-20

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

This is clearly a command to all of us because the act of making a disciple is passing on what you have learned. Jesus' disciples passed on what they learned from Jesus down to their disciples and so on down to us. If you are a Christian and you are alive today (and I assume you are alive because you are reading this!) then the baton is squarely in your hand.

So what happens now?

I would suggest that firstly we ensure we are following Jesus before we attempt to disciple others, because we can only pass on, what we have learned from Him. Even though you may have been discipled by someone else, what you were taught still needs to fall into line with the word of God. That is why it is a good idea to allow more than one person to speak into your life, none of us are perfect disciplers and of course everything needs to be subject to the Word of God.

I have set out below 7 points which will help make us disciples of Jesus;

(1) Understanding Grace - I have put this first because if we do not get this, the following points will be a tick list of things we 'have' to do and if that's the way you are thinking, then you will have missed the point. Grace means unmerited favour, something we get that we don't deserve, everything we get is a gift and everything we pass on is a gift. We don't deserve any of it. For instance, we don't do good works in order for God to save us they come out of our desire to follow Him. Our discipleship is based on our desire to follow Him not because we have to out of a sense of duty but because we love Him and want our lives to please Him.

(2) Assurance of salvation - A disciple of Jesus is secure in the knowledge that they are a child of God and that Jesus lives within them. We can walk in confidence knowing that God has called and chosen us and what He says about our salvation is true. This leads me onto the third point

(3) Knowledge and love for the word of God - We cannot be a disciple of Jesus without knowing what He teaches in the bible. A disciple will be hungry for God's word; reading it, meditating on it and even memorising it. It is the bread of life and Jesus himself said "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4 v 4)

(4) Filled with the Holy Spirit - The difference between being filled with the Holy Spirit and not is so clearly demonstrated by the disciples before and after the day of Pentecost. Before they were filled they were timid and frightened, abandoning Jesus, and after he ascends cowering in an upper room. When the Holy Spirit fills them they preach boldly and 5000 are added in one day. What a difference! You can know that difference too. Jesus said "But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you." (John 16 v 7)

(5) A person of prayer - Jesus spent whole nights in prayer, He was constantly communing with the Father and wouldn't do anything without receiving instructions. How much more do we need to pray? I find it one of the hardest Christian disciplines but when I push through one of the most rewarding. The disciples were so impressed with Jesus' prayer life that they asked Him to teach them. It is a 'pattern' of prayer, never intended to just be recited verbatim. Push through on this and you will reap the rewards.

(6) A worshipper - Has your heart been captivated by your saviour? Have you grasped how great and wonderful He is? Just a short time reading a bible passage and praying should cause you to worship. It flows out of an understanding of what he has done for us by His grace, enlightened by the Holy Spirit. In other words, if you have started to consider the previous 5 points then worship should come easily!

(7) A witness - This doesn't mean you are going to be a great evangelist but you should at least tell others the good news. Our witness will come out of our very lives but we still need to proclaim it. Being filled with the Holy Spirit will make a big difference. He will fill us with boldness.

This is of course just a start. There are other things I could mention and will do over the coming weeks. In future articles we will examine how we can continue being discipled by Jesus and how we can go about discipling others.If you have any thoughts about this subject why not contact me and I will try to cover any queries you have.

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