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The Call of Discipleship• If you have ever had a conversation with a person who “I wonder has been in a relationship with Comment what my God for any length of time, it is #1 call is.” highly likely that you heard him/her say things like….• Usually, most who make comments like these are trying to “I’m waiting Comment for God to determine whether or not they are show me my #2 part of the five-fold ministry of purpose.” church leadership and if they are supposed to be preaching from the pulpit of someone’s church.
The Call of Discipleship Still Others Ask… I’m I’m saved, n saved, ow but for what? what? Would an omnipotent, omnipresent God establish relationship with us through salvation and not reveal the reason for the relationship? Of course not!
The Call of DiscipleshipBecause of past mistakes,irresponsibility, blatant rebellion,and misunderstandings aboutsanctification others wonder… • Did God call me? • Do I have a purpose? • Can God still use me?
The Call of Discipleship Our salvation is based upon the sovereign will of God and our God- given status as the elect. Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. – Romans 8:33
Who Are the Elect? • In Greek = ekklektos (ek-lek- tos), which means “chosen.” • Refers to those who responded to the call of God and accepted His offer of salvation in eternity. • Refers to those who have already accepted the call of Christ, as well as those who will accept the call at some point in the future.
Who Are the Elect? • Election is an eternal act based upon Gods foreknowledge or predetermination. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. – Romans 8:28-30
Who Are the Elect? “All things work together…” Kletos Prothesis Proginosko Proorizo Those who Setting forth of To know or have To mark out have been a thing; propose intimate with boundaries summonsed to one’s self; knowledge of beforehand; to by God determine beforehand; of pre-determine, those whom decide God elected to beforehand salvation Called Purpose Foreknew Predestined
Who Are the Elect? 1 2 3 God considers Thus, not For many are everyone a part of everyone who is called, but few the called, but not summonsed is chosen. – Matthew everyone gets chosen. 20:16 ekklektos; not everyone responds to the call of God.
Who Are the Elect?Please select the best answer below. Then click on the letter to its left.(a) Those who responded or will respond to the call of God.(b) Those who joined the church and attend faithfully.(c) Those who serve in and financially support ministry.(d) Those who perform acts of kindness and benevolence. Skip
What is the Purpose of Our Election? What is the To be fruitful and purpose of multiply after our the elect? own kind. What is the Disciples! fruit of the Matthew 28:19-20 believer?
Discipleship Defined• Exactly, what is a disciple?• How are disciples made?• Are disciples still relevant to modern Christianity?
Discipleship Defined Jesus commissioned the eleven in Matthew 28 and commanded them to go and make followers of Him. Biblical disciples are followers or students of Jesus who imitate whatDisciple: Greek = He modeled.matheteuo (math-ayt-yoo-o), whichmeans “a student;to be trained; afollower.”
The Door to Discipleship • Being born again is the first phase of a two-phase process. 1. You are born again and see and enter the Kingdom of God 2. You learn… • How to be a disciple and live in the Kingdom • How to make disciples and expand the Kingdom“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is bornagain, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3b
Four Stages of Development• Believers must be gradually transformed from a convert, or new believer, to a committed follower of Christ – a disciple.
Four Stages of Development Brephos (bref-os) = Newborn baby: Stage 1 Desires the Word of God; needs the Word for survival. – 1 Peter 2:2 Nepios (nay-pee-os) = Young child/ toddler: Understands the Word; becomes aware of their surroundings; Stage 2 starts to draw conclusions, reason and recognizes differences between the Kingdom and the world. – 1 Corinthians 3:1-2
Four Stages of Development Paidion (pahee-dee-on) = Mature child/youth: Believes the Word; the Stage 3 Word becomes real and is applied to daily life. The decision to believe and follow the Word is made. – Matthew 18:3; 19:14 Teknon (tek-non) = Committed offspring: Walks in covenant based Stage 4 upon the Word, enjoying the privileges of a relationship with the Father. – 1 John 3:1
The Cost of Discipleship When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. – Mark 8:34
The Cost of Discipleship• Discipleship takes place inside the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom’s demand on your life is all or nothing!“When Christ bids a man to come,He bids him to come unto Me anddie.” – Deitrich BonhoefferFollowing Christis a suicide mission!
The Discipleship Perspective People who do not know Christ are lost and have no identity. Disciple- Lost people makers 3 Things have value. – realize… Luke 15:8-10 Lost people are expected to return home. – Luke 15:11-24
The Discipleship Perspective• Disciples must be relevant to be effective in the harvest Relevant Receptive (Matthew 4:18-22).• The lost must be receptive (Mark 2:17).• Disciples must be real (Mark 10:17-23). Real Revelation• Disciples give revelation regarding eternal reality (Mark 10:51-52, Luke 16:25).
Eight Principles of Discipleship 8. Revel 1. Role You have to be Disciples are disciples excited and when they make disciples. enjoy the process. 2. Replication 7. Reproduction People reproduce after6. Research You can produce their kind.3. RealityBe willing to let disciples naturally or Discipleship beginsyour pastor through adoption. with you being aassess why you healthy disciple.are unable toproduce disciples. 5. Relationship 4. Requirement You must have an Discipleship requires planning. intimate relationship with God.
Lesson SummaryDisciples are committed followers of Christ whoadhere to His teachings, follow His example oflife, and commit themselves to reproducing Himin others. Disciples can only be made through theefforts of other disciples and only the electwill respond favorably to the voice of Godand His call upon their lives.Key Terms and Concepts to RememberBrephos Nepios Paidion TeknonKletos Proginosko Proorizo ProthesisElect Disciple Christian Mark 8:34
DNA CheckThus far on your spiritual journey to becoming a Salvationdisciple, you should have experienced: Repented of your sin nature and accepted Christ as Lord of your life. Submission Accepted the will of God for your life and have begun pursuing His purpose. Sanctification Submitted yourself to the work of the Holy Spirit in order to be conformed to the image of Christ.