Discipleship: What, Why and Who
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:10-17
Check out last Sunday’s sermon here.
Pastor Mike shared ten “Whats” of discipleship (What is discipleship) along with why discipleship is necessary and who should lead in discipleship.
Let’s meditate on these as we seek to disciple one another this summer.
As you review these points ask yourself these four questions.
Question 1: Which of these areas do I desire to mature in personally as a Christian?
Question 2: Which of these areas will I, in this life, no longer need growth?
Question 3: Am I failing to grow in any of these areas by failing to help another grow?
Question 4: Is God more honored by my private unshared holiness or by the mutual worship of Him with other Christians?
WHAT is Discipleship?
Teaching: Hold to and pass on the truths that God’s Word teaches you. You are always teaching something to others. You cannot call discipleship biblical if you don’t teach the Bible in your discipleship.
Conduct: Practice what you teach from God’s Word, and help another do the same.
Aim in Life: Direct your life goals to glorify God. In doing so, help others see what is really worth living for.
Faith: Put your hope in Christ alone, and help another see that you trust Jesus alone for salvation.
Patience: Embrace the patience that God showed you, and help another by patiently stepping alongside them for their
Love: This is the foundation of all a Christian does. We help others do the same.
Steadfastness: Do not give up, and help others persevere despite terrible circumstances.
Suffering & Persecution: Suffer well, and help others suffer with hope in God.
God’s Faithfulness in Your Life: Ponder and point out how faithful God is, and help another see God’s abounding faithfulness in his/her life.
God’s Word: Found your life on the Word, and help another see God’s Word as their equipping wellspring.
In summary, “Discipleship is life together, saturated in the Word of God” -Pastor Mike
WHY disciple and be discipled?
Simply put, it is not easy to follow Jesus, so we need to remain close to the source and close to one another in order to endure.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted… – 2 Timothy 3:12
WHO should be involved in discipleship?