Gathering Discussion: Discipleship
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What is a disciple?
- Listens and learns
- Spends time with the master
- Is not in charge
- Is a life encompassing commitment
Luke 9:23-27 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
John 15:1-5 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
“Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.“ What does this mean?
- We are already clean. Discipleship is not about becoming clean, it’s about what we do now that we are clean.
- We are saved by the Word
How do you bare fruit?
By abiding in Jesus and by the Spirit living in you. Notice who is doing the work. Basically, we are trying to not get the way.
There are two types of fruit the Bible talks about baring, the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and new disciples.
What does being disciple look like?
In part it will be unique to each person, but other parts are the same for everyone.
- Time the Word and prayer (devotions)
- Striving to live in the Spirit and not in the flesh
- A continual life of repentance
- Making new disciples
- Body has different tasks and gifts
- Different personalities
- Different callings/vocations