Discipleship-November 14, 2012
Matthew 28:16-20-The Great Commission reminds us of Jesus’ last words to His disciples then and now. As you go into all the world we are to make disciples. The verb is to make and we are to be making disciples, so the question then may be what does a disciple look like? And if we don’t know how to be disciples ourselves it may be hard to make disciples. Making disciples is much harder than making church membership, and here are a few basics that might help with our understanding of discipleship:
Abide In Christ. Then God will help you grow as a Christian; but you must keep a close relationship with Him. As a disciple you must deny yourself, take up your cross, and live daily for Christ (Luke 9:23).
Live in the Word. You grow as you study the Bible regularly (I Peter 2:2). Plan a daily time for reading the Bible and your will grow to maturity (2 Peter 3:18).
Pray in faith. Prayer is worship and talking with God (John 15:7). Your prayer delights God. Talk to God throughout each day. Believe God’s promises. Prayer will help you gain strength and overcome temptation.
Fellowship with believers. Christ wants you to fellowship regularly with your brothers and sisters in Christ in His church. Your love for others will show that you are a disciple (follower) of Christ (I John 13:34-35).
Witness to others. Tell others how came to know Christ (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20). God is pleased when you bear fruit (John 15:8). The greatest fruit is leading others to Christ.
Practice of faithful stewardship. Giving helps keep your priorities in order. Start systematically giving a portion of your income to Christ’s church (I Corinthians 16:2). Practice giving to meet the needs of others (Luke 6:38). You will reap joy as you sow (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
*Adaptation of Personal Counseling and Commitment Guide through Virginia Baptist Mission Board