Care and Discipleship
Care and Discipleship
Jesus told His disciples, “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” (Matthew 28:19-20a). This command is for believers today just as much as it was for the disciples to whom He was speaking. Many Christians are fearful of the call and are not making disciples. This cannot be. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us that we are to “honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope of Christ that is in you.”
First, it is important to understand what a disciple is. By definition, a disciple is one who is a follower of Christ; one who believes the truth of the gospel and is obedient to spread the gospel and other doctrines of the faith. A disciple is set apart from the world and gives himself to the Lord in all areas of life. This looks like Christ’s calling for us to “deny himself and take up his cross and follow [Him]” (Mark 8:34). A true disciple is also one who is careful to follow Jesus’ teaching. Are we being obedient to the Word of God? Are we following the example of Christ who was the perfect example of obedience (Philippians 2:6-8)? James instructs us to “be doers of the Word and not hearers only” (James 1:22).
As we are obedient to Christ, our lives will bear fruit. This is the result of a faithful, obedient life in Christ. As we walk with Christ and follow His ways we begin to become more and more like Him. Through this sanctification process, our hearts will be changed along with how we think, how we speak, and how we act. This internal working is done by the Holy Spirit working in our lives. John 15:5-8 helps us to see this truth. As our hearts are changed, we will also see our love for others grow. The love that we find in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 will be the love that flows from our heart. This love should compel us to make disciples and teach them to obey the Lord.
Are you ready to make disciples and care for them in their walk with the Lord? Do you have a desire to grow in your own faith and care for others through discipleship? Maybe you would like to be more prepared to give an answer to a friend or neighbor in need. We will begin a 10-week Care and Discipleship course on Thursday, May 2nd from 6:30-8:30 pm. During this course, you will learn how the sufficiency of Scripture shapes the way we view all of life’s struggles, and you will be more equipped to disciple and counsel other believers.
If you would like to be a part of this journey or would like more information, contact Pastor Chris at email@example.com.
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