O.J. Gibson

Lesson 2 Jesus Christ: The True Disciple

He was the True Disciple, the embodiment of what God wanted men to be in every aspect of life. He was the perfect example of the ones our Lord Jesus called “disciples indeed.” The greatest and noblest of those among the servants of God were not fit to loosen His sandals, as John the Baptist said. No one can compare with Him in any area. Yet we are still called to face His example and pattern ourselves accordingly (1 John 2:6). Though He forever towers above us in every way, though He c...

Lesson 1 Cost Of Discipleship

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink” (John 7:37). “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). These are plain invitations by the Lord to anyone who wishes to come unto Him for rest, peace, forgiveness and eternal life. A willingness to come to the Lord Jesus as a lost sinner is the requirement of salvation (Luke 19:10; John 1:12). But when it comes to calling others to be “disciples indeed” there are stern requirem...

How To Get The Most Out Of This Course

Your study of Living Discipieship Principles will be the most profitable if you give heed to the following guidelines for personal preparation and class participation. Personal Preparation Before Class Set aside adequate time each week for the completion of your homework. You should take the following steps for each lesson: 1. Pray To God. Ask Him to help you understand and apply His word. Let your prayer be: “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out...

Lesson 9 Laboring In Discipleship

“I must work the works of Him that sent Me” (John 9:4). The Lord Jesus Christ was a worker. In this He joined together with the One who sent Him. “My Father has been working until now” (John 5:17). God is seen as a worker from the opening pages of Scripture (Gen. 2:2-3). Creation was His work. The accomplishment of salvation was a work which the Son finished (John 17:4; 19:30). The labors of believers even now are to be seen as making us “workers together” with God (...

Lesson 8 The Disciple's Vision For The Church

The Apostle Paul was concerned that believers grasp God’s great vision for His church. “I pray that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling …” (Eph. 1:18a). God wants His people to know the exalted role and responsibilities to which He has called and saved them. He has prepared us “things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man …” {1 Cor. 2:9-10). Certain mysteries were reve...

Lesson 10 Multiplication In Discipleship

“The number of the disciples multiplied” (Acts 6:7). The multiplication process in the disciples of the Lord Jesus began when He called the Twelve (Luke 6:13-16). It increased when He raised up the additional seventy (Luke 10:1). On the Day of Pentecost when the church was formed by the baptism of the Spirit, the number of the disciples gathered was 120 (Acts 1:15). Their ranks soon were increased by thousands (Acts 2:41). As their number and zeal for God increased, their enemies complaine...

Appendix A: A Strange But True Story

By Mrs. H Grattan Guinness A wealthy farmer who cultivated some thousands of acres had by his benevolence endeared himself greatly to his large staff of laborers. He had occasion to leave the country (in which his property was situated) for some years. But before doing so, he gave his people clearly to understand that he wished the whole of the cultivated land to be kept in hand, and all the unreclaimed moor and marsh lands to be enclosed and drained and brought into cultivation; that ...

Lesson 4 Priorities in Discipleship

The follower of the Lord Jesus cannot fail to notice how His sense of mission led directly to life filled with great accomplishments. He understood clearly the meaning of what are called priorities. It means preferential attention to what is most important among many demands. He put first things first each day, and He knew what they were from God’s perspective. He knew life was a one-time-only opportunity, and He would not be able to repeat the course later. Scriptures dealing with the...

Lesson 3 Jesus Christ: Man With A Mission

“I come … to do thy will, O God” {Heb. 10:7; Psa. 40:7). Jesus had a mission in this life. As the supreme man of destiny He was ever mindful of the purpose for which He came. His life had a far higher purpose than to be taken up with nothing greater than eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting and building. That was the way of the doomed and the damned (Luke 17:28-29). He said, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work” (J...

Lesson 13 Character Development In Discipleship

When first created, one of the glories of man was that he was “made in the image of God” (Gen. 1:26-27), in God’s moral and spiritual likeness. The fall of man marred that image and moved him away from his likeness to God. It is God’s will to restore that image fully in His redeemed people, beginning here and now. It is our destiny. “For whom He did foreknow, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29). “Though our outward man is perishing, yet the ...
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