This is Dr. Ed Hoskins, welcoming you to lessons in discipleship, a series designed to help new believers become established in the Christian faith. So maybe just a few seconds to hook up our PowerPoint presentation and then we’ll get started.
In this series, we want to talk about what is you decide with Jesus first. Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m a retired physician. I spent 34 years in family medicine and student health. I became a Christian 50 years ago and I was helped early in my faith by a group called the navigators. And international non-denominational Christian organization, whose goal is to know Christ and to make him know I’ve been on associate staff with that organization since 1980 lessons in discipleship is a compilation of what I learned during that time from the Bible and under the direction of the navigators today’s session, what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
There may be a few questions you’re asking about discipleship. What is the main characteristic of a disciple? There was, what do they look like? Second is discipleship being, or is it doing there is a both finally, what are the costs of being a disciple? Well, first off a disciple is a learner one who is taught by another, who is more experienced.
One of those interesting places is that there are six places where Jesus himself uses the word, my disciple or my disciples. First three are in the gospel of John John eight 31. Jesus said, if you abide in my word and you are truly disciples of mine, I disciple, listen, God’s word. In other words, that disciple obeys Jesus.
Second, John 1335, Jesus said, all men will know that you are my disciples. If you love one another, this is the hallmark of disciple of Jesus sacrificial. Agape love. Third John 15 eight Jesus said by Mrs. My father glorified that you bear much fruit. And so prove to be my disciples. Disciple bears, much fruit.
What kind of fruit is this? Well, obviously it’s spiritual fruit. Most important kinds of are other people coming into God’s kingdom. The expansion of God’s kingdom. But even more important is the character things. The fruits of the spirit mustard in Galatians five 22 and 23 love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness.
Self-control Jesus also gives a few warnings of what can actually hinder us and being a disciple. And these three are in the gospel of Luke chapter 14, verse 26. Jesus said, if anyone comes to me, And does not hate his own family. Yes. And even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Let’s be honest here.
Does this mean that Jesus wants us to go out and hate our relatives? Of course not. What it does mean is that in comparison with our love for Christ, all other relationships, including family, peer, like hate another potential hindrance. Jesus said in verse 27 in the same chapter, whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
Let’s be honest here. The cross, it was an instrument of death, really talking about Jesus. It’s talking about personal ambition and self love. And basically Jesus was saying, come and die with me. A final potential hindrance is given in verse 33. Jesus said. So therefore, no one of you can be my disciple who does not give up a whole in his own possessions.
Does that mean that Jesus wants us to go out and liquidate everything we possess so that we become a bigger on the streets? No, it doesn’t mean that at all. What it does mean is that everything we own belongs to Jesus for his use for purpose of expanding his kingdom.
Here’s another look at discipleship. When Jesus sent out his 12 disciples chapter in Matthew, chapter 10, he gave them specific instructions verses six through eight. He said, rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go preach saying, the kingdom of heaven is at hand heal, the sick raise, the dead cleanse the lepers cast out demons freely you received freely give.
So what does this involve? It’s talking about sharing Jesus message with all people outside. It also means meeting the basic needs of others. Does this mean that everyone who follows Jesus is going to be casting out demons and cleansing lepers? No, but it does mean that we’re to be involved in spreading his message.
We were also involved in meeting the needs of others, the people around us. Uh, but there’s another potential problem here following Jesus is not easy or comfortable or even safe in Matthew chapter 10. Jesus was also instructing his disciples. He warned them. I send you out a sheep in the midst of walls, therefore be sure to surface and incent the ducts and that same chapter, he says, brother will deliver up brother to death.
And a father has child. You will be hated by all on account of my name. It’s going to be opposition. And he says that disciple is not above his teacher. It is enough for the disciples that he becomes his teacher. I think that last part is really important. That the most important result of discipleship a disciple becomes.
Jesus. Let’s summarize what we’ve talked about in this brief session. First, a disciple of Jesus is a learner one who is taught by others and didn’t Ms. Case. They’re taught by Jesus. Second. I disciple spends time with Jesus and his word and in prayer cycle becomes my Jesus third. Some activities of the disciples, evangelism that sharing the message of Christ, the gospel, as well as meeting the needs of those around us for a disciple is not focused on money or possessions.
Everything we do have to Jesus for his use. Fifth in discipleship may involve persecution, some believers who they’ve been dying for their faith. We must be prepared for this. We must prepare other people for this. Six, the hallmark of a disciple of Jesus it’s sacrificial and got the law. Seven discipleship is not just a one and done one time deal.
It’s a lifelong process. Well, see you next time for another session of lessons in discipleship. When we covered basic assurances for a new believer. Well, this wraps up this session of lessons in discipleship. We’ll see you next time and until then, keep following Jesus. He’s worth it. Thank you for being with us.