what is discipleship?
Discipleship is a very intentional pursuit of biblical learning with the end result of becoming more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The goal is to implement Jesus in all areas of life and to grow in maturity as we live a life of holiness. This pursuit can be by having one-on-one meetings or small groups of up to twelve. Jesus, in the same way had His beloved disciple, His three intimate disciples, but then intentionally ministered to His twelve.
What is the disciple’s Biblical profile?
- A disciple is an open learner who is teachable under the authority of the Lord and His word. A student of the Bible. (Proverbs 9:8-10; John 6:60-66; Matthew 4:19)
- A disciple holds to the complete Lordship under Christ and includes all areas of life. (2 Corinthians 5:15; Matthew 6:9-13, 24, 33; Luke 9:23; John 13:13)
- A disciple is committed to try and obtain a life of purity by taking the proper Biblical steps to separate from sin. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:22-5:5; Colossians 3:5-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; Titus 2:12-14)
- A disciple has a daily devotional (quiet time) and is persistently developing in his prayer life. (Psalm 27:4; 42:1-2; Mark 1:35; Luke 11:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18; James 1:5-7; 5:16)
- A disciple demonstrates a faithful desire to learn and apply the Word of God through hearing. Through preaching, teaching, reading, memorizing and meditating on the Biblical scriptures. (John 8:31; Acts 2:42; 17:11; Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:15)
- A disciple desires to attend church regularly and worship God. A disciple desires to have his spiritual needs met and desires also to make a contribution to the body of believers, His church. (Psalm 122:1; Acts 16:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Colossians 1:15-18; Hebrews 10:25)
- A disciple desires regular fellowship with other believers and displays love and unity. (John 17:22-26; Acts 2:44-47; 4:31-33; Ephesians 4:1-3; Hebrews 10:24; 1 John 1:1-3)
- A disciple demonstrates a servant’s heart by helping others in practicality. (Mark 10:42-45; Acts 6:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:15; Philippians 2:25-30; 1 Thessalonians 2:8-9)
- A disciple desires to witness to those who do not know God. They do so by communicating a clear testimony and also presenting the gospel regularly. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 5:42; 14:21-23; 22:14-15; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 2:4)
- A disciple desires to give regularly by desire of the spirit of God. Not only time and talent but also seek to give financially as God leads them. (Haggai 1:6-9; Malachi 3:10-11; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Philemon 1:14)
- Jesus said, “you will know My disciples by their fruit”, a disciple reflects the fruit of the spirit. (Acts 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Peter 2:18-23; 2 Peter 1:5-8)
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