Discipleship

All of us know the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch (Acts 11:26). We tend to forget, however, that Christians were called disciples first! This is crucial. 
 
A “disciple” is a learner, one who attaches himself or herself to a teacher in order to learn a trade or a subject. Perhaps our nearest modern equivalent is “apprentice,” one who learns by watching and by doing. The word disciple was the most common name for the followers of Jesus Christ and is used 264 times in the Gospels and the Book of Acts.
 

We need culture books regarding the time of Jesus. The Jews did not have classrooms, lecture halls, blackboards, etc. Education was not academic—it was life. Students were given to “Masters,” teachers. They lived with them. Jesus called twelve to be with Him (Mark 3:14; Acts 4:13). The twelve did not sit at desks, do paper work, pass tests. They lived with Jesus. They not only heard—they saw. They not only saw—they did. They saw Jesus in all kinds of life situations. Christianity is more caught than taught. Some of the great lessons the twelve learned were in simple daily duties.

This is why Jesus had only one command, “Follow Me.” This is the only way He ever called men. He did not call men to talk the walk but walk the walk. In the familiar Matthew 11:28-30, men “come” to Jesus to “follow” Jesus. “Coming to Jesus” implies the failure and death of self. Man is impotent. Do not read a book about swimming while sitting poolside—jump in. Jesus sent the twelve out—to both serve and preach. Read Luke 9:1ff. They preached and healed. Evangelism involved real people in real life.
 
The discipline of the Christian disciple is whatever is involved in being a follower of Christ (Mt 16:24, 25). In the case of the first disciples this involved literally going where Christ went, sharing in his experiences, teachings and joys (Lk 22:28-30) and, beyond this, conforming minds and wills to his teaching (Phil 2:5).
 
Such service was not a matter of following a set of abstract moral principles; much less was it a discipleship based on gaining the favor or goodwill of the master by obedience. It was a discipleship of loving obedience based on gratitude for Christ’s work as our Savior, service that was made possible by the strength and motivation that come from union with Christ in his death and resurrection secured by faith and by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
 
Are you a disciple? Do you want to be? The lessons on this page are for your encouragement to live as a real disciple…


Wednesday Night Lessons/Sermons


May 10, 2017
Discipleship #8
Series: Discipleship

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  • May 10, 2017Discipleship #8
    May 10, 2017
    Discipleship #8
    Series: Discipleship

  • Mar 29, 2017Discipleship #8
    Mar 29, 2017
    Discipleship #8
    Series: Discipleship
  • Mar 8, 2017Discipleship #4 Continued – Discipleship & The Cross
    Mar 8, 2017
    Discipleship #4 Continued – Discipleship & The Cross
    Series: Discipleship
  • Feb 22, 2017Discipleship #4 – Discipleship & The Cross
    Feb 22, 2017
    Discipleship #4 – Discipleship & The Cross
    Series: Discipleship
  • Feb 8, 2017Discipleship 3 – The Call Of Discipleship
    Feb 8, 2017
    Discipleship 3 – The Call Of Discipleship
    Series: Discipleship
  • Feb 2, 2017A Disciple’s Dream
    Feb 2, 2017
    A Disciple’s Dream
    Series: Discipleship

  • Jan 25, 2017Discipleship #2 – What Is A Disciple?
    Jan 25, 2017
    Discipleship #2 – What Is A Disciple?
    Series: Discipleship
  • Jan 22, 2017Discipleship #2 (Sermon)
    Jan 22, 2017
    Discipleship #2 (Sermon)
    Series: Discipleship
    [caption id="attachment_1936" align="alignnone" width="150"] Discipleship #2 (Sermon)[/caption]
  • Jan 18, 2017Discipleship Class #1
    Jan 18, 2017
    Discipleship Class #1
    Series: Discipleship
  • Jan 15, 2017Discipleship #1 (Sermon)
    Jan 15, 2017
    Discipleship #1 (Sermon)
    Series: Discipleship
    [caption id="attachment_1936" align="alignnone" width="150"] Discipleship #1 Sermon[/caption]

 

Class Discussion Questions 

 

 Who Is Your Mentor?          For Lesson 2     

      What Is A Disciple?         For Lesson 3        

     The Call For Discipleship For Lesson 4 

    Discipleship & The Cross For Lesson 5

  Discipleship & His Master For Lesson 6