An Introduction to Christian Discipleship
Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Discipleship is the ongoing process of developing Christians from infancy to maturity for the purpose of helping them realize their roles in God’s redemptive plan.
Acts 14:21 NKJV
And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch,
Discipleship is the demanding process of winning the unsaved individual(s) to Christ and then growing them through teaching,
equipping them through training and enlisting them to embrace the Biblical mandate to do the same.
Discipleship is the art and science of winning the unsaved, teaching believers and mobilizing them to become active participants in God’s work of extending the influence and the impact of the kingdom of God in earth.
Matthew 4:19 NKJV
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Discipleship is the process of converting passive members to become active members engaged in the work as we grow to become like Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Discipleship is simply soul winning and soul development for the purpose of producing mature believers who will help in God’s plan of reaching and developing others.
The goal of Discipleship is as follows
1. To win the lost
2. To teach the believer to grow in Christ
3. To train them to serve in Christ
4. To empower them to do all three above.
Any discipleship that doesn’t achieve the above is counterproductive.
Discipleship is the systematic process of teaching, training and mentoring believers with the aim of raising a people who will embrace, embody and exemplify the life, love, message, mission and ministry of Jesus Christ everywhere they go. Luke 6:40; Isaiah 50:4-7; Matthew 19:24-25; I Peter 2:22; I Peter 2:9; Ephesians 4:11-16; 5:1-2; I Corinthians 11:1; 4:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Philippians 4:8-9; I Timothy 4:12-16: 4:1-11; Luke 22:24-30; 2 Corinthians 6:3; Luke 4:43-44; Mark 1:38-39;
Discipleship involves the following:
6. Measurement and Management
It involves reaching the lost, raising believers and recruiting them to become participants in God’s redemptive plan.
Foundation School is part of the discipleship process.
Effective discipleship is the key to proper character development.
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