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Faith Fergette Golda T.



TTH 10:00-11:30


“Every disciple is a believer but not every believer is necessarily a
disciple.” When we hear the word disciple, what comes first into our minds?
Well, probably the first thing that we could think of is that disciples refer to the
first group of people who followed Christ during the first century. This may be
partly true but discipleship does not end there. God still desires disciples
today whom God can use to do extraordinary things and ordinary people like
you and me can be disciples ourselves.
The Christian experience of the believers in the first-century church may
seem radical to many in the church today, but to those early believers, it was
normal Christianity and these men and women, empowered and motivated by
the Holy Spirit turned their world upside down for the sake of Christ. In short,
they were true disciples of Jesus Christ.


A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading
of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by
which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy
Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this
present life and become more and more Christ like. This process requires
believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts,
words and actions and compare them with the Word of God.
A true disciple means walking your Christian life with full of challenge and
excitement. A life that has sense of purpose and direction but if your life
seems dull, boring, and somehow no purpose well my friend as what the
Angel have said to St. Augustine “Tolle lege” which means take up and read.
Examine every statement in the bible about what Jesus had said concerning
what does it truly mean to be a disciple. We can only fulfill the Great
Commission (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19) which is to go into all the world and
make disciples if we know what a true disciple is. It literally takes one disciple
to make one.
A disciple is defined as a learner, a pupil, one who comes to be taught.
The relationship between the disciple and his teacher is not merely that of a
student listening to a lecturer, or a passively interested listener. A disciple

wife and children. He did not choose something easily hated. So Jesus turned to the multitude and preached a sermon that deliberately thinned out the ranks. He drinks in every word of his teacher." Jesus was not advocating that in order to be disciples. God whittled down Gideon's original army of 32. Jesus was using sharp contrasts to make a point. As a result. Here He uses the word hate as the opposite of love. It was always their choice if they would leave or will still choose to stay after hearing Jesus’ words. and ourselves. A similar account is found in Judges 7:1–22. An example would be Luke 14:26--Jesus begins with some very strong words: "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother. committed men than He could with 32. Jesus saw a large crowd gathering. . He chose the noblest love we could have in this world. A true disciple has to love God above everything else. Three times in the course of this message in Luke 14. But the Lord wanted the glory for the victory. marking every inflection of voice with an intense desire to apply what has been learned. and his own life also. Jesus said these words so that His followers would be enlightened.000 half-hearted ones." In other words. There God wanted to give His servant Gideon a victory in battle against the Midianites. friends. In this verse. we must actually hate family. yes. Instead. God knew that He could do more with 300 alert. the love of family. After this incident Jesus’ followers decreased whereby the true disciples stayed and those who had been following Him for the wrong reasons left. He uses this analogy to show that our love for God must take pre-eminence over all others. Jesus had shown how the message of the gospel was for everyone.listens with attention and intention. while others came looking for a free meal. So. he cannot be My disciple. It was not to get rid of them. Jesus was laying out some absolute requirements for discipleship. Now He wanted to weed out those who were following Him for the wrong reasons. He is more interested in quality than quantity. brothers and sisters. Jesus seeks quality over quantity Jesus makes it clear that when it comes to personal discipleship. like sin. "cannot be my disciple. Prior to this point. He had become enormously popular. He knew that these people believed and accepted His message in principle. so that they may know in their minds and hearts the true reason why they should follow Jesus. A few even hoped that He would overthrow Rome and establish God's kingdom. The words He spoke that day are perhaps the most solemn and searching words that ever fell from His lips. through a series of tests.000 to 300. He had exposed the Pharisees as the religious hypocrites that they were. Some wanted to be dazzled by Jesus' miracles. Jesus used the phrase. In Luke 14:25–35. Jesus laid out the tests and requirements of discipleship.

If you choose harmony with God. God said. This man was essentially saying. In essence. Jesus asked someone to follow Him. or harmony with God and friction with people. let me first go and bury my father.Your love for God should be so strong that your love for others is like hatred by comparison. let me wait until my parents grow old and die. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. In Genesis 22:2. not us. For I have come to set a man against his father. would you do the same for the Lord? Would you dedicate your Isaac for the Lord? Will you step out from the fickle multitudes and fairweather followers today and be a true disciple of Jesus. a conflict arises. "It's all right. and a daughter-in-law against her mother-inlaw" (Matthew 10:34-35). and go to the land of Moriah. there. Jesus also tests our hearts. Abraham. you either will have harmony with people and friction with God. I never intended that you actually kill Isaac. God told him. I don't want to create any conflict. and Jesus is the perfect example of obedience . then He is first. your only son Isaac. If He is truly Lord. You cannot have it both ways. How much do we love Jesus? Can we really give up everything for Him? How much are we devoted to Him? Well. Obedience is the supreme test of faith in God." Jesus answered: "Let the dead bury their own dead. a daughter against her mother. but the man responds with this excuse: "Lord. He also did this once to Abraham of the Old Testament when despite of Abraham’s old age he was yet given a son and named it Isaac." Abraham passed the test. God blessed him and spared his son (Genesis 22:3–18). but you go and preach the kingdom of God. He wants to be sure that we love Him more than anyone or anything else. the conflict you experience with others may ultimately lead to the awareness of their own need to find harmony with God. I'll follow you at a more convenient time." (Luke 9:60) In this life. Abraham loved his son so much. "Take now your son. "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. Our lives consist of various things that may create conflict in the call of discipleship just like personal conflict as shown in the Bible phrase above wherein our love for God and for our family came into conflict. and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you. I only wanted to remove him from the temple of your heart that I might remain unchallenged there. loving Him more than anyone or anything else? We must be obedient children and doers of the Word. whom you love. You must decide which way it will go. When Abraham so wonderfully passed this test. In Luke 9." (Luke 9:59) Right there. "Lord." If it was you.

popular culture. Everyone follows something: friends. We must put off self-centeredness and put on Christ-centeredness. family. through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our job is not producing fruit just for the sake of producing more disciples. selfish desires. but they have experienced the love of the living God. We . Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. The next verse in Philippians (verse 5) really sums up what we are to do when it comes to everything in life: "our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. and the overflow of this will be new conduct (thoughts. and if we do. our lives will change. Too often. Furthermore. “Our Father in heaven. hallowed be Your name. The disciple of Christ needs to be set apart from the world. Our job is to abide in Christ. it is action. Making disciples is important because it is the Lord’s chosen method of spreading the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. We have to make disciples out of others. As we become more obedient to the Lord and learn to walk in His He lived a life on earth of complete obedience to the Father even to the point of death. We are to share our faith and tell nonbelievers about the wonderful changes Jesus Christ has made in our lives. Not true! Some of the most enthusiastic representatives of the Christian life are new believers who have just discovered the awesome love of God. or God. and this fruit is the result of our obedience. We have to follow Jesus’ teachings. The making of disciples is our Lord’s means for answering the prayer. and that is exactly what we are to share. These verses show us that love is not an emotion. We must be doing something and involved in the process. the Holy Spirit will produce the fruit. It is not only Christ that we have to love but other disciples as well. The change we seek is done from the inside out. Your kingdom come. It isn’t something we can conjure up on our own. words and actions) representative of that change. To truly follow Christ means He has to become everything to us. Love is defined and elaborated on in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. we believe the lie from Satan that we don't really know enough or haven't been a Christian long enough to make a difference." What a perfect example He is to us for everything we are to do in our Christian walk. They may not know a lot of Bible verses or the "accepted" way of saying things. The biggest change will take place in our hearts. Putting Jesus first in all things. we have something to offer. We are told that love of other believers is the evidence of our being a member of God's family. Our focus should be on our Lord and pleasing Him in every area of our lives. we are told to think more highly of others than of ourselves and to look out for their interests (Philippians 2:3-4). No matter what our maturity level in the Christian life.

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. This is at the heart of Jesus’s ministry on earth. first and central. Making disciples of Jesus means gathering his worshipers. desires and ambitions so that God can reveal His desires. doesn’t mean community involvement and the veneer of tolerance. A disciple is the one who lives the . it is living life as it was meant to be lived: in the will of God. no one can follow Christ by the strength of his own willpower that’s why we need the Holy Spirit to intervene. Their self-effort led only to arrogance and distortion of the whole purpose of God's Law. "Salvation is free. Jesus is not asking if you will commit 20%. Bearing your cross means dying to oneself." As the disciples demonstrated. to be his disciple. The Pharisees were good examples of those who were trying to obey God in their own strength. Billy Graham has said.can only follow one thing at a time. many in the church today have been advocating that the answer to most of the problems in our society is to build up our self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. This is the cost of discipleship. or 50% to Him. to worship him — with joy at the heart. but discipleship costs everything we have. you will discover His plan and purpose for you. the call of Christ must prevail. According to Jesus. He is asking you to commit everything. If ever there comes a time when the call of the highest earthly love and the cross of Christ are in conflict. Jesus said in Luke 9:23. Bearing your cross means dying to self—laying aside your personal goals. To truly follow Christ means we do not follow anything else. In fact. God states we are to have no other gods before Him. It means. The greatest barrier to discovering all that God has for us is our preoccupation with self. We have become a self-obsessed society—Jesus' mandate goes against the grain of popular culture. He was not simply speaking of an individual's personal problem or obstacle. Conclusion Discipleship may cost a lot but what we can gain in the place of the things we gave up for Christ is even better. a person who was bearing a cross was walking to his death. Why did Jesus use this particular illustration? He used a radical symbol to get people's attention. 30%. mainly. ambitions and goals for your life." To follow Jesus. a disciple is someone who loves God more than anyone else—even family and friends. ambition. goals and desires to allow yourself to be conformed into the image of Jesus. In that day and age." When we give up our will. In essence. III. There is no such thing as a "halfway disciple.

Now we have to choose: To live for ourselves or to deny ourselves.html http://www. God loves us and we love Him.desiringgod. To ignore the cross or to take it up. For a disciple. but it costs more not to. References: http://www.html http://www.html http://www.gotquestions.html http://www. To gain the world or to forsake the world. Though our numbers as disciples are small. It costs to follow Jesus . each new day is a fresh opportunity to walk with God. It is our mission to spread out His teachings and find the disciple from within and when we find it. you are missing out. life has definite purpose and direction. It is life abundant. God may purge our If you are settling for anything short of discipleship. We love God and we want to follow Him.harvest. we can be an instrument for others to find the disciple that is within them. To seek to save our lives and ultimately lose it. For a disciple. but it is only to make us stronger as we pursue His plan and purpose to make an impact upon our we must press on and stand together.Christian life in all its fullness.gotquestions. or to lose (or invest) our lives and ultimately find http://www. To lose our soul or to keep it. receiving all God has for him.