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CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP: THE DISCIPLE, THE DISCIPLER AND DISCIPLESHIP (PART 2)

THE PURPOSE OF DISCIPLESHIP

Dicipleship has a purpose and the purpose of discipleship is to be like the discipler. The purpose therefore for Christian discipleship is to be like Christ. Discipleship is a mentoring or training program designed to develop individuals to become more like their savior.

  1. To emulate the character of Christ (1 Peter 2:21)
  2. To learn about the Father and Grow in our Knowledge of God (John 6:45)
  3. Bearing fruit for the kingdom of God (John 15:8, 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16)

THE NEED FOR HUMAN DISCIPLERS

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ”. Human disciplers are people who have grown so deep in their walk with God. On the other hand those who are disciple have a relationship with Jesus, but there is a need for disciplers to talk to about struggles, victories and ideas. You must know the following about human disciples. (1 Thessalonians 1:6)

  1. Your discipler must be a person constantly following Jesus
  2. The Degree to which your discipler follow Jesus is the degree you should follow.
  3. When he/she stops following Jesus, then discipleship should end between the two of you.
  4. One person is not enough to be your discipler.

THE PRINCIPLES OF DISCIPLESHIP (Colossians 1:28-29)

  1. The heart of discipleship: The heart of discipleship is to proclaim Jesus, but there is always temptation for self proclamation.
  2. The means of discipleship: The means of discipleship is warning and teaching with all wisdom, but always tempted to people pleasing and harshness.
  3. The goal of discipleship: The goal discipleship is to present everyone perfect (matured) in Christ, tempted towards fulfilment
  4. The cost of Discipleship: The cost of Discipleship is toil and struggles always tempted towards idolizing and ease of life
  5. The power of discipleship: The power of discipleship is God’s Energy tempted toward dependence in flesh.

THE COST OF DISICIPLESHIP (Luke 14:26-33)

  1. We must hate our families and ourselves (Luke 14:26)
  2. We must carry our own cross (Luke 14:27; 9:23; Romans 12:14)
  3. We must give up all our possessions (Luke 14:33; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

QUESTIONS

  1. Do you have disciplers?
  2. Do you have disciples?
  3. List 10 Examples of Disciple-Discipler relationship in the scriptures.
  4. List 5 examples of disciples disciples relationship in the world today
  5. Why do people not have human disciplers anymore.

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