Part 2 – Discipleship in a Distracted Age
To Become a disciple is to enter into a relationship with Christ through repentance and faith.
34And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me
Our discipleship begins when we hear those two words “Follow Me” and we seek to obey them. To deny ourselves and take up the cross daily is conviction that life with Jesus is worth more than this world has to offer, so we seek to honor/worship/glorify Jesus with our words and actions and the inner thoughts of our hearts.
Being a Disciple is submit to Jesus, and learn to re-submit every area of our life EVERY DAY.
So in our discipleship under Jesus, we are then called to “make disciples”. Meaning that we ought not be content with personal salvation alone, rather we are called to help others worship and follow Jesus.
We considered how we may “make disciples” and it was through the process of
1. They ought to be a Christian.
If they are not, the agenda is different. We want them to know Jesus as Lord and Savior first, before we are concerned with them digging deeper into the nuances of the christian life. Jesus says not to cast pearls before swine.
2. They ought to be the Same Gender
Titus 2 lays the pattern out, that Older women →young women, and Older Men →Young Men.
3. They ought to have a commitment to Learning, Loving, and Serving
If you enter into this relationship and commitment you both ought to agree about the purpose of this time together.
Invite them into your rhythms or routines that you already have established. There is value, but not need to always schedule a separate meeting time.
1 Thes. 2:8
8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves (lives) , because you had become very dear to us
What should a discipleship relationship look like?
Ask the Spirit before, during, and after your meeting. Often when it comes to ministry we can function as faith “Bi-Nitarians” instead of Trinitarians. But God has promised His Spirit to empower, guide, and guard us. Let us not fail to call upon Him.
take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
Consider this devotion by Puritan John Owen:
The holy spirit dwelling in us gives us guidance and direction. He habitually enlightens our minds, gives us eyes, understandings, shines into us, moves us from darkness to marvelous light, whereby we are able to see our way, know our path and discern the things of God.
2 Tim. 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
It’s great to read books together that explore the Christian Faith. But may we never neglect the word of God in our meeting times together. His word is able to dive deeper and discern more accurately our hearts and needs before God than any text written by a person.
1 Cor. 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Our meeting should be an effort to love our neighbor. By listening and praying, and with encouragement and exhortation. Our commitment is to love people in a genuine way that is not hurried, but desires to see the Lordship and Grace of Jesus touch every area of life.