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Transcript of Discipleship:
Discipleship is the transfer of spiritual information that influences another person to be more like Christ.
Loving Discipleship is the Biblical Pattern
In the Home
In the Church
“25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”
“6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
“15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
Discipleship Costs Time
Disiciplship Costs Emotional Energy
Disicpleship Costs Pride
“19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
- Discipleship will take intentional planning.
- Discipleship will take time from other things.
- Discipleship will take time to listen.
- Discipleship will take time for relational deepening.
- Discipleship will take time where you don’t always see fruit.
- Discipleship will take time to prepare.
Love says that Christ has pursued me, is patient with me, and has sacrificed for me. So, I will pursue, be patient, and sacrifice for others.
Love says that this weight is temporary and recognizes that one of the best ways to know the indwelling power of the Spirit is in discipling someone else.
Love recognizes that your identity is sourced in Christ along with all the acceptance and affirmation you need. So, in love you pursue someone else not needing from them but desiring to point them to the giver of all identity, Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:28
“And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.”
“28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”
1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
“7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. 8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.”
- Discipleship costs emotional energy when a disciple won’t listen.
- Discipleship costs emotional energy when a disciple keeps failing in the same ways.
- Discipleship costs emotional energy when they move on.
- Discipleship costs emotional energy because you are concerned for them.
- Discipleship costs emotional energy because they may reject truth.
- Discipleship costs emotional energy because they may blame you.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
- Discipleship costs pride when you are open about your own weakness to help them see the power of Christ.
- Discipleship costs pride when a disciple may violate your confidence.
- Discipleship costs pride when your openness makes them perceive of themselves as better or more spiritual than you.
- Discipleship costs pride when you are vulnerable about your own hurts.