Are You A Disciple?

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Are You A Disciple

On the Job Training
Your life as A Christian

 

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What is your first impression of a disciple?

 

When I mention the word disciple do you picture in your mind a little robed guy that walks around with his head bowed in reverence to the Lord?  While is not such a bad idea to bow our heads to the Lord, if you want to get a good look at true disciple of Christ, then put this lesson down and go look in the mirror.

 

Go ahead this lesson will wait.

 

Surprised? Yes you are a disciple of Christ.  When you accept Jesus into your hearts and receive Him as Lord and Savior, Jesus calls you to be Hid Disciple.

 

Read Matthew 4:18-22

How did Jesus deal with the people in these verses?

 

What are the words Jesus uses when He calls each person to follow Him?

 

Can you feel that same calling in your heart?

 

Just as Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John, He now calls you as His disciples. One thing you must remember being a disciple is not a part time job.  Being a disciple is a 24/7, 365 day a year calling.  It is also an apprentice type position.  You do not accept Christ and instantly you know it all.  You learn as you grown from, reading the Bible, praying and learning from those who go on before you.

 

Read John 1:43-49

How did Jesus deal with the people in these verses?

 

There is a certain prejudice in this world against Christians, how does this affect your perception of the lost world? 

 

Now think about your perception of the world is there any prejudices that hinder you being a disciple?

 

In these verses Jesus calls Philip and Nathaniel.  As you can see Nathaniel has a preconceived notion of what people from Nazareth are like.  Nazareth was sort of a party town, because it was on the Roman trade route so the troops would stop over there and party Nathaniel because of his preconceived notion or prejudice as to what a Nazarene was like figured Jesus was not worth his time.

 

In the end Nathaniel worked through his prejudice and recognized Jesus for who he, our Lord and Savior.

 

These are the first disciples if you would like to read more about them, look at the four Gospels, this will tell of their life and training.  The following four verses are a good place to start

 

       Matthew 4:18-22              

       Matthew 19:16-22

       Matthew 9:9-13              

       John 1:43-49

 

Just like the first 12 disciples, most us don’t feel up to the call to grow deeper in our discipleship.  After all the first disciples were great men who had potential.  Well guess what the first disciples were fisherman who knew nothing about discipleship. They simply said yes to Christ and He took care of the rest.

 

And when you think about it, when the going got tough at the time of Jesus arrest, the first disciples ran, but Jesus saw there potential and came to them again out of love. Just as Jesus sees our potential when we are called to the job of being a disciple.  All you have to do is ask for His help and Jesus will guide you and help you grow to the point where you are helping new disciples reach their potential. 

 

Think about these 7 Guarantees in the Bible about how your life will go in light of being called to a life of discipleship

  1. If you trust in God he will direct your path Proverbs 3:5-6

  2. God has a plan for your life Jeremiah 29:11
  3. God will direct the steps of a righteous man Psalm 37:23
  4. The Lord’s purpose for your life will prevail Proverbs 19:21
  5. Remain Humble and God will guide you Psalm 25:9
  6. You will be led by the Holy Spirit Romans 8:14
  7. That God will us guide us if we let Him Psalm 16:7

 

So all we are left to do is accept our calling as a disciple and let the Lord do the rest. 

 

Move on to the next lesson on Job qualifications

 

  • Growing in Christ - top discipleship resource from CCC, with the potential to take a new believer through various essential stages.
  • New Christian Ministries. This very valuable resource includes both a Gospel presentation, and follow-up help and interactive study. It is very well-written in accessible language with no jargon and words are explained where necessary. Second-language English readers should find it understandable. Spanish, Portuguese and Russian translations are available of some of the material.
  • Journey of Joy (primarily for women) from Campus Crusade Canada.
  • Anchor your Life. Another help for new believers.
  • Spiritual Growth: Never-ending Adventure. Great study material for a new believer and also older Christian. 
  • Passageway - discipleship site for young people, from BGEA.
  • Faith Start short overview.
  • Youth Specialties - young people need material which relates to their needs. This is just one of many such groups.
  • Authentic Walk - email discipleship course.
  • Global Reach offers a wide range of downloadable evangelistic and discipleship materials in a growing number of languages and suitable for an intertional audicent
  • Asian Internet Bible Institute offers a wide range of teaching suitable for non-Western users.
  • Discipleship Encounters offers a range of downloadable discipleship studies for Christians to use with non-Christians.

 

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