Most believers say they are Christians when asked, but few will say, “I am a disciple” or “a disciple of Jesus Christ.”
God no longer wants religious (do you remember the Pharisees?). He wants disciples after his own heart, for the express purpose of being more like Christ. Jesus Christ said, “He of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). This is a very radical thing to say, Jesus! What does it look like? “If anyone wanted to come after me, let him renounce himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23), then what is a disciple, and how do you deny yourself? The word disciple comes from the Old English “discipul” which comes from the Latin “discipulus” and means “pupil, student, disciple”. It comes from the word discere, which means “to learn” (where the word “to discern” comes from), and from the root of the word “dek” which means “to take, to accept”. The word disciple is also a compound word, “discipere”, which means “to grasp intellectually”, “to analyze in depth”, and comes from “say” for apart and “capere” “to take, to seize”.
What does “renounce everything” mean to Jesus Christ?
In what ways do we deny ourselves?
Have you considered yourself a student or a follower of the Word?
What is a disciple?
Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his master, but everyone when he is fully formed will be like his master” (Luke 6:40), then what is a disciple? A disciple is someone called to live “in” Christ, equipped to live “like” Christ, and sent to live “for” Christ, and to share in the sufferings “of” Christ. The Bible describes a person who trusts in Christ as abiding in Him (John 15: 1-5; 8: 31-32), and if you abide in Him you become more like Him, so making disciples is to be in the Word and living under the Word, and allowing the Word to equip us, to send us and to make disciples of others, and in our lives, to bear fruit, to love our neighbor (Matthew 28:18 -20, John 15: 8), and love one another so that others will know that we are his disciples (John 13: 34-35).
What are all of the components of this “training” (Luke 6:40)?
What then is discipleship?
Why does loving one another show that we are disciples of Jesus?
Who are the “others” of whom John speaks in John 13: 34-35?
Discipleship and Evangelization
God calls us and equips us to live in Christ, to live like Christ, to “Go! For Christ, and suffer for Christ, not to sit idly by and wait for the kingdom, so I don’t believe there is a disciple without evangelism, and you cannot evangelize until you can clearly state what it is. gospel so that others will understand it. Hiding the Word of God in your heart can help you avoid sin (Psalm 119: 11), but it can also help you state the gospel in verses like 2 Corinthians 5:21, where Paul writes: “Because of us, he made him a sin that did not know sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. “ and “And there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Verses like these (John 3:16, 3:36; Rom 10: 9-13) equip us to share the gospel without having to wait and show it to them in the Bible. You may not always have a Bible with you, but you can still carry the Word of God in your heart.
What verses from the Bible have you memorized?
Do you remember using verses from the Bible when you shared the gospel? Which?
Do you think it is true that you cannot be a true disciple without evangelizing? To explain.
The cost of discipleship training
“Jesus said to his disciples:“ If anyone wants to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me ”(Mt 16:24), because“ A disciple is not at above his master, but each one when he is fully formed will be like his master ”(Luke 6:40), so that those who are like Christ will suffer persecution like Christ, but not to the same extent. Jesus said it boils down to this; “If someone comes to me and does not hate his own father, mother, wife, children and siblings, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. “ (Luke 14:26), so if you can’t carry that cross, Jesus said, they “cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). The Bible teaches that there is only one narrow way to eternal life and that is why so few find it; it is difficult (Mt 7: 13-14). If it was that easy, the paths would have to be reversed, and the path to destruction should be narrow, and the path to eternal life should be wide, but it is not so.
What will be the greatest cost to following Christ?
How can we encourage others to give up everything for him?
In what ways can you reflect Christ in front of others?
Jesus sought out and chose the twelve disciples, and not the other way around (John 15:16), then he told them to “follow me” and he will do them “fishers of men” (Mark 1:17), so they were not the first that God called (John 6:44). In fact, he chose us before the earth even existed (Eph 1; Rom 8: 29-30), and after we have been called he tells us to follow him, but if we really want to be his disciple , it means that we have to deny ourselves and take up our cross (Mt 16:24) and study and grow in the grace and knowledge of God. The truth is, we are a follower of whoever or whatever it is that we follow. Whatever we spend the most time and money on (not counting work) is what we love.
To be a follower of Christ, you must study His manual, the Bible. It’s like enlisting a man or a woman in the military and handing them a gun that they never learn to clean and shoot. The risk of not making disciples of Christ is that they will almost always become lukewarm in the faith, worldly in their behavior, and hypocritical in their testimony. I know. I am the proof! For this reason alone, anything less than a plan to train each willing person will be a catastrophic moral failure. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book about the cost of being a follower of Jesus and then lived it almost prophetically. Ultimately, the price to pay for being a follower of Christ was his death in a Nazi prison camp. He said if you want to be a disciple look to Jesus! Dietrich Bonhoeffer so desired to be a disciple of Christ that God allowed him to enter into the sufferings of Christ. The apostle Paul wrote of a passionate desire, “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Phil 3:10), and this is exactly what he found too. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was right when he said, “When Christ calls a man, he commands him to come and die.
How does the example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer affect us?
How to discipline yourself in life?
What price do you pay to be a disciple of Jesus?
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is the host of Spiritual Fitness and also the Senior Editor of What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.