This is the latest in our series of talks on Practical Issues in relation to my daily Christian life
We’ll be live tweeting on tonight’s subject of Discipleship.
In our Western culture we have a watered-down view of Christian discipleship. Very challenging subject.
Two readings: Matt 16:24-26 – Cost and benefits of following Jesus. Luke 14:25-35 – ‘Unless…you CANNOT be My disciple!’
Disciple in New Testament times meant an apprentice or a student. Many Rabbi’s would have ‘followers’ or disciples.
John the Baptist had disciples but told his disciples to follow Jesus. Being a disciple of Jesus is never ending. We are always learning.
All Christians are disciples of Jesus. Jesus called His original 12 disciples literally.
When we become a Christian we realise that we didn’t choose Him, but rather that He chose us! We are called BY Him and TO follow Him.
We are called to OBEY His commands. We are called to His SERVICE. We are called with a PURPOSE. We are called to SUFFERING.
We are called AS WE ARE. 1 Cor 1:26-31 – Not chosen based on influence, wisdom etc to show the power of God rather than men and women.
Seven Requirements to be a disciple: Requirement of LOVE both for God and for others. Requirement to DENY ourselves and put God first.
Requirement to TAKE UP THE CROSS – to fully identify ourselves with Christ. Requirement of FOLLOWING Christ and being like Him.
Requirement to CONTINUE to read and apply the Bible to ourselves. Requirement to FORSAKE everything & follow Him. Everything belongs to Him.