What is Discipleship?“Discipleship is the process of learning about the teachings of another, internalizing them and then acting upon them”. John 8:31 (NLT) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.Most Discipleship programs focus on the learning process, with the emphasis on knowledge.
Peter’s Perspective 2 Pet 1:1 (ESV) …to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ… 2 Pet 1:3-5 (ESV) 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge(epignosis) of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge(gnosis) …
Peter’s Insight into Discipleship1. Equal Faith Righteousness of Christ2. Growth Relational Knowledge3. Growth Precious Promises4. Growth Focus on His Virtue becoming our Virtue Virtue (aretes): moral values which give a man his worth
What is Virtue?Virtue is the strength of the character ofChrist internalized into my life as I followHim. His virtue brings worth and value tomy life. Without His virtue I am weak andineffective. Virtue grows from an obedient relationship.
Discipleship is Life-Changing only if it is Life-Giving 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (NIV) It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."Discipleship which focuses on knowledge will always lead to pride and self-effort.Discipleship which focuses on virtue will always lead to humility and dependence.
Discipleship“the intentional process ofmaking the virtue of Christ myown, through submitting toHis Lordship and Direction, andthe daily Hope of Gaining Christ”Simply – “Gaining by Trading”
From the Man After God’s Heart…2 Samuel 23:5 (NKJV) "Although my house is not so with God, yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For this is all my salvation and all my desire; will He not make it increase?2 Samuel 23:5 (NASB) "Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire ( ēp̠es), will He not indeed make it grow ( emah)?
David Grew to be a Man of God1. Heart Ps 57:7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! 1 Ki 3:6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you.2. House Ps 101:2 I will walk with integrity of heart within my house…3. Hope Psalms 71:5 (NIV) For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
DAVID DISCIPLESHIP FOCUSES ON:1. Your Desire (Heart) Proverbs 13:12 (ESV) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.2. Your Dependants (House) Hebrews 11:7 (ESV) By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.3. Your Development (Hope) Ephesians 4:15 (ESV) …we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ… Psalms 92:12 (ESV) The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Is This God’s Plan for Discipleship? Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESV) Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
WHAT DOES GOD DELIGHT IN? God’s Covenant Virtues1. Lovingkindness – Hesed2. Justice – Mishpat3. Righteousness – Tsedaqah
Discipleship 201 Standing Dependants With God HouseMishpatJustice
Discipleship 301 God’s Success Development HopeTsedaqaRighteousness
Disciple or Worthless?2 Samuel 23:6 (NASB) "Butthe worthless (belîya‘al),every one of them will bethrust away like thorns,because they cannot betaken in hand…
Psalms 1:1-4 (ESV) Blessed isHe is like a tree… the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.