Understanding Discipleship Culture

Jesus started his Public ministry with preaching and calling his disciples to follow him (Matthew 4:17-22 (Pause and read those verses). Those he called immediately left all and followed him. You and I are also called to follow Christ, and yes, we too are to give up everything to be his disciples. Jesus had a small group of twelve men, and these twelve men learned what it meant to be world changers. This is my heart beat for Spirit Lake Baptist Church disciples of Christ. I want us to make an eternal impact on our sphere of influence. God has us where he does for a reason. Your family, your group of friends, the people you work with side-by-side every day of the week. These people have gotta see disciples of Christ in action. How we view the world, how we relate to problems, and even how we view humanity. The words that flow from our mouths, and even our habits. These are all on view before a watching world. What does the world see in us?

As I think about disciples I can’t help but believe that most of us, if not the majority of us have no clue as to what it really means to be a disciple of Christ. We think we do, but if push came to shove we would have to admit that we do a lot of church, but not a lot of discipleship. To be a disciple means that we take up the same heart-beat that Jesus had. His heart for the lost, hurting, lonely, confused, neglected, and abused. His heart for the hungry, poor, outcast, and broken. His heart for those whom the devil has sought to destroy. These people need to be surrounded by the hands and feet of Jesus on earth today. How is this possible? His disciples - you and Me!

Someone once defined evangelism as simply, “One beggar telling another bigger where to find bread.” This is what a disciple of Christ does. He cares for people. All people, and not just certain classes of people. All people are precious in the sight of God. Once I was lost but now I am found. Why? Someone cared enough to tell me about Jesus Christ. Will we care enough to tell others about Jesus?

Below you will find seven characteristics of a disciple of Jesus Christ who intentionally is seeing to impact his world - to make it a better place. Here is my list:

1. Love for God and others (Mark 12:30-31).
2. Obedience to Jesus’ commandments (John 14:15).
3. Becoming the hands and feet of Jesus on earth (Mark 10:45).
4. Hunger for righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
5. Making disciples  (Matthew 28:19-20).
6. Using your giftedness (Romans 12:4-8).
7. Total surrender Romans 12:1-2).

I close with a verse from the book of Colossians. It reads, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18). If you are clueless about the word, “preeminence”, then I would suggest that you go look it up in a dictionary.

True disciples have Christ preeminent in their lives.

In Jesus Forever,
Pastor Kim

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