Jesus: Story Teller
Key Ingredients Of Discipleship
Consistently, daily giving attention to our spiritual walk
Luke 9:23, “whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me”
1 Timothy 4:8, “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
Romans 12:1, “in view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.”
1 Timothy 4:16, “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
1 John 1:8, “if we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.”
Rebuke – it is our responsibility as fellow disciples to deal openly and honestly with each other in love, when it comes to sin in our lives.
“Relationships are what God uses to communicate His truth and help people to grow.” Real-Life Discipleship
Repent – recognize and take responsibility for sin committed and be truly sorry for it.
Forgive – to wipe the slate clean, to pardon and cancel a debt, so that a relationship can be restored.
- Forgiveness is to be granted to those who have sinned against us
- Forgiveness is to be granted when verbal confession is given
- Forgiveness is to be granted to those who repeatedly sin against us
“It is important to remember that forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven. Instead, it is an act of love, mercy, and grace.”
It’s not about the size of our faith, it’s about the size of who our faith is in.
Eph. 3:20, “through His might power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
The difference maker between staying spiritually immature or developing into a fully devoted disciple of Christ.
“A servant should not expect reward for doing what was their duty is in the first place. The demanding standards Christ set for his disciples in vs. 1-4 may have seemed too high to them, but they represented only the minimal duties for a servant of Christ. Those who obey are not to think their obedience is worthy of any special honor.” John MacArthur
Phil. 2:5-8, “in your relationships with one another, have the same mindset of Christ Jesus. Who being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and becoming obedient to death even death on a cross.”
Jesus used many teachable stories, or parables, to help people understand The Kingdom.