What is discipleship?
Like a two winged bird, evangelism and discipleship are entwined; to fully live
in Christ, one needs to be saved and then discipled.
Evangelism brings the soul to the altar…repentance.
Discipleship places the soul upon the altar…total commitment
A. Repentance-”Turning away from our sin”
We cannot earn God’s forgiveness, but Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we
might be reconciled to God. It all starts with God’s love for us: “For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). We all
deserve to “perish.” God in His love for us, saw the mess that we were in and gave
His only Son, Jesus, to die for us. As a result of His death, everlasting life is
offered to all who believe, confess their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their
Lord and savior. This is salvation.
What evidence is there that faith is real and how can I be sure of my faith?
He that hath the son hath life; and he that hath not the son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
– I John 5:12-13.
Discipleship- After Salvation
B. Who is a disciple?
A disciple is one who by faith has allowed his convictions, his desires, his thinking, and his choices to be totally influenced by the teachings and character of Jesus Christ (Gal. 2: 20) Disciples submit under the process of learning under a teacher, in other words they are willing to learn and be a good follower (Matt 11:29); they strive to conform to the principles of Christ. The word disciple appears two hundred and seventy times in the New Testament and only once in the Old Testament; the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is built on the very principle of discipleship. (Matt. 28:18-20)7
Fruits of Disciples: (Jn. 15: 8): Soul winning, righteousness (Gal. 5: 22) and good works.
Discipleship Example: The life of Paul ( Acts 9: 10-27.)
a) Saul of Tarsish was first converted on the road to Damascus
b)Ananias was disciple ( At The Lord’s disposal )
c) Ananias baptized Saul
d) Ananias gave Saul his sight and empowerment
e) Ananias removed Saul from the house of Judas (bad influences).
f) Saul is with the disciples.
g) Saul is preaching with the disciples..
h) Saul was protected by the disciples.
I) Saul was affirmed and identified by the disciples.
j) Jesus converted Saul, Ananias disciple Saul.
k) Paul was then sent to the world by the Holy Spirit to make disciples
and lead people to Christ
C. The Witness of the Spirit and His role in Discipleship
When someone becomes a Christian, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live within that person and transforms them. He leads disciples of Christ, he sanctifies us, he is God, apart of the Trinity. He is amazing!
The Holy Spirit :
1. He produces the character of Jesus in our lives. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance…” (Galatians 5:22-23).
2. He convicts others and ourselves of sin, this way we are lead to repentance, he gifts us with spiritual gifts, he is the anointing of God that causes miracles to happen, he prays continually for us and leads us into prayer.
3. He creates a deep, personal conviction that we are the children of God (Romans 8:15). He assures us of our relationship with God, and that we are forgiven and have eternal life. By Him, we ascend deeper into Christ’s principles. Disciples will preserve the doctrines of the Kingdom (Matt.28:20, 2 Tim.2:2)
4. Through the Holy Spirit, mysteries are revealed. Disciples will know the
mysteries of The Kingdom ( Matt.13:10-17)