Discipleship

Step 13: The Disciple Looks for the Lord's Return and Prepares for the Judgment Seat of Christ

The Lord Jesus clearly said, “I will come again” (John 14:3).   In His parable of the absent king who returned to have a reckoning with the servants for whom he gave “ talents,” the Lord effectively foretold that He too would return (Luke 19:15).   When Jesus returns, He will both judge His defectors and His faithful servants.   Before ascending to Heaven, following His resurrection, angels announced, “The Son of Man shall...

Step 12: Worship

By this we mean speaking to God about God and His wonderful attributes.   It is praise expressed by the exclamation, “Praise the Lord” (P.T.L.), or in Hebrew, Hallelujah!   Begin each time of prayer as Psalm 100:4 commands:   “Enter His courts with praise!”   In addition to personal prayer, the believer should participate in corporate prayer.   This can take place in a ...

Step 7: The Disciple's Commitment to Servanthood

“I am among you as He that serveth,” said our Lord (Luke 22:27).  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NASB).  The Father said of Him by the mouth of Isaiah, “Behold, my servant” (Isaiah 42:1).  He is the model servant.  The Gospel of Mark so presents Him. In the world there is the constant striving for preeminence.  The competition is for first place, self-elevation. ...

Step 8: Developments in Effective Use of Spiritual Gifts

A spiritual gift, as distinguished from natural talent (e.g., musical ability) is a special empowerment in the ability to bless and build up God’s people (others-directed, not self-exalting).  Every believer is given at least one, sometimes more (I Cor. 12:7-11).  Gifts are assigned by God as He desires, not according to what we crave (v. 11).  Every gifted person has a proper function in the Body of Christ (the Church) and none is superior to another, only different in functio...

Step 9: The Disciple's Vision for the Church

Without a vision for active participation in the life of the local church, this is a Scriptural lack in the disciple’s vision.  The church is a God-established gathering center for believers as collective members of His family.  This goes beyond being simply a separated or individualized member of the general or “universal church,” made up of believers from each century of “the church age.”  New Testament churches received the epistles (letters of the apostles), not var...

Step 10: Setting Spiritual Goals with Eternal Values

This means exactly what it says.  Every successful endeavor, divine or human, ordinarily comes from specific goals or purposes in the minds of those who set them, mentally or preferably in writing.  Goals extend from the uttermost good of achieving God’s eternal purposes in His Son. When the believer can define his goals in life, he can pursue them “with a single eye.”  If he chooses to devote his life to the things of the eye and senses in this life, rather tha...

Step 11: World Vision and God's Eternal Plan

The believer needs to see his or her life in terms of God’s eternal plan for success. He needs a vision for a lost world for whom Christ died (John 3:16).  He needs a vision to witness diligently, seeing the many on “the road to destruction.”  He needs a vision for the mission field, beyond the immediate surroundings or even nationalistic narrowness.  One can go there personally by God’s call or support missionaries by prayer, gifts of money, and letters of en...

Step 6: Multiplication in Discipleship

God's command to man is "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28). It is an essential quality of our life. This comes down to His desire that His followers multiply and bear much fruit (John 15:1-8). In His last words on earth the Lord Jesus commanded that His disciples go forth to all the earth preaching His word. Thus He reinforced His Great Commission in Matt. 28:19 to go forth and "make disciples." That is what He did on earth (Luke 6:13-16, 10:1). That is what His disciples did after...

Step 5: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 3

This will include the need for vision in disciple making and the best use of time. A list of " time wasters" and " time savers" will be in the lesson discussion. There needs to be a genuine vision for disciple making. Here's God's word about this: Prov. 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Like any important understanding it takes vision goes beyond the present see God's plan and perfection. Matt. 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples ...

Step 4: Improving Disciple-Making - Part 2

Selecting a Disciple It is important for disciplers to seek out and select the best possibilities for training in discipleship. What kind of person is he or she now? How can that person be expected to most effectively assist others? Can they identify problems or hindrances? What are the do's and don'ts? Consider a goal sheet; also the living example of the Lord Jesus. Primarily, five things should be in view even if imperfectly developed. 1. Is this person "sold out to Christ," a comm...
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