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Discipleship

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."

Matthew 28:19-20

Go Make Disciples

A “disciple” is someone who follows the teaching of, learns from and models their life after someone else — in this case, Jesus.
 

The people whom Jesus gave these essential instructions to had a pretty good understanding of what it meant to be His disciples. They had left everything to follow Him, and for three years they soaked up His instruction, experiencing incredible highs and lows as they discovered what it meant to follow their Lord.
 

When Jesus told His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, they wouldn’t have seen this as a casual assignment to squeeze between other interests. This would need to become their primary focus.
 

The disciples would have understood Jesus’ words to have some pretty important implications for the church. 

Discipleship begins
by responding to God’s invitation to ACKNOWLEDGE Jesus. (The Center/Hub)

Revelation 3:20  | Galatians 2:20

 

♦ Christ invites us to FOLLOW Him to learn from Him. The spokes represent key areas of Jesus’ lifestyle that we are called to follow:

  1.  To be daily nurtured and nourished by GOD’s WORD.

  2.  To be in consistent contact with God through PRAYER.

  3. To engage in acts of WORSHIP both individually and with other disciples.

  4. To be a friend who is spiritually connected and growing in FELLOWSHIP with other believers.

  5. To be a loving SERVANT of others, that meets specific individual and community needs.

  6. To be a faithful and generous STEWARD of time, energy, and resources for God’s Kingdom.

  7. To be a credible WITNESS for Christ in the eyes of others.

 

As you follow Christ in His lifestyle, His character will take form in you the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. 

►   The goal of the spiritual life is to experience the power to LOVE —

 

God (with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength),

Others (unconditionally and sacrificially), and to

As an ambassador of Christ, compelled by love in the mission of reconciliation, make disciples. 

2 Corinthians 5:20