To be a disciple, we must be purposeful in the mission He has given us (Matthew 28:16-20).
The discipleship process is an organic and natural element of the New Testament Church (Romans 5:14; 2 Timothy 2:1-2)
In Christ’s initiation of discipleship, there were two central commands:
Repent (Matthew 4:17)
Follow Me (Matthew 4:19)
As someone being discipled, we will begin to look like our teacher (Luke 6:40).
The first of discipleship is to take that initial step of faith in accepting Christ as your Savior. After you have been reconciled to the Father, we are entrusted with the message of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20
A Closer Look at Ephesians 2:
A former walk (vs 1-3)
A fore-ordained walk (vs 4-10)
The foundation for our walk (vs 11-20)
A fellowship integral to our walk (vs 21-22)
We must proclaim with our lips that Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9)
We must prove with our life that Christ is our Lord (Luke 6:46;1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
We must purpose to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40)
Loving God is not based on sight (1 Peter 1:8)
Loving God is shown by our obedience (John 14:15)
Loving God is shown in our love for others (1 John 4:20)
4. We must ponder the loss (Luke 14:25-33; Philippians 3:8)
Journaling Questions for the Week:
Q3 Evaluate your approach to following Jesus. Would you say that you view Jesus as your Lord, Master, and Owner? Why or why not?
Q4 As you look at your life, how would you say that your love for God is shown in your actions? (If you’re having trouble coming up with an answer, take some time to think through some changes you may need to make in your lifestyle.)
Q5 If you choose to obey Jesus’s call to follow, what might it cost you? (Avoid being vague. If following Jesus would cost you specific possessions, comforts, or relationships, list them below.)
Q6 What might hold you back from following Jesus at this point? Are you willing to let go of these things if necessary?
Q7 Before you end this session, spend some time in prayer. Ask God to work in your heart and prepare you for what is ahead. You don’t need to have all the answers or know specifically how God will use you. He simply calls you to follow wherever He might lead. As you pray, be honest about your doubts, hesitations, and fears. Ask Him to give you the strength to proceed and follow Him no matter what the cost. In other words, place your faith in Him.