What does it look like to be a disciple of Jesus?
- Be a student of the words of Jesus (the whole bible)
- To be a disciple means we need to do meditate and feed ourselves on scripture.
- Meditating on scripture inspires creativity and imagination, it helps you recall truth in battle and it gives you peace of mind.
- Imitate the ways of Jesus
- Jesus tells his disciples to ‘follow me’, to imitate his ways.
- Jesus called the disciples to be with him and it’s the same for us, being a disciple is our whole life not just something we do on Sundays.
- Partner in the mission of Jesus
- In Luke 4 Jesus is reading out what we’re called to do in partnership with him.
- Jesus doesn’t just save us from something to something, he gives us a purpose and a plan to our lives and when we partner with Jesus there will be overflow around us.
How do we do discipleship?
- Discipleship is fuelled by the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit can help to refuel us and help us do those things that feel physically exhausting.
- The early church were small on resources but big on Holy Spirit and Jesus’ final words in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28 were to wait for the Holy Spirit
- Discipleship is a process
- Jesus says ‘Go and make disciples’, when you make something it’s a process and it takes time.
- Discipleship is not a destination but a process we walk and live through with Jesus.
- In Matthew 28:17 it says some doubted and in discipleship doubting is a healthy part of the process.
- Discipleship is rooted in community and relationship
- Discipleship is best done in the context of the local church.
- Jesus spent a lot of time eating around a table and it’s in those time that Jesus was teaching and disciplining those around him.
- Discipleship is measured by multiplication
- In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul told Timothy to pass the message on, that’s how Christianity spread.
- Multiplication is about surrendering to God and being obedient.
- Jesus told us that the world will know we are his disciples if we love one another, if we love those around us we will see multiplication.
- Jesus says to each one of us ‘come follow me’
- We’re all called to be disciple makers