Cowan First Baptist Church
Sunday, December 08, 2013
a great place to belong.......
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.
What is Discipleship?
What is discipleship and what is Jesus calling us to in Matthew 28:18-20?
God does not ask us to seek converts. He simply asks us to Disciple. Discipleship is modeling and teaching Christians the precepts of the Bible—mainly prayer, doctrine, Christian living, and worship. Yes, we are still supposed to evangelize, but that is not our main mission and call! When we evangelize, we must realize that it is the role of the Holy Spirit to bring people into an intimate relationship with God. This is an act of divine intervention and grace.
A Disciple is one who grows in Christ and in so doing models and teaches Christians the precepts of the Bible, the main ones being: prayer, doctrine, relationship, Christian living, service, and worship.
We all are called to make disciples! There are only two kinds of people who cannot disciple-those are: one who is not a follower of Christ and/or one who disobeys God.
Our Response to Christ is our Discipleship in Action
The Cost of Discipleship
It costs everything! However, the rewards are limitless as we are entrusted to a Savior who loves us more deeply and rewards us more completely than we could ever comprehend. He desires the best for us, He has a plan and purpose for us in the kingdom of God, and He wants us to spend eternity with Him. His call, above all else for us as Christians, of what God’s will is all about, and of what we are to be doing in our personal lives and in our churches is… Discipleship! Nothing else is more important, period.
Are you chasing your desires or our Lord?
Is the power and love of God enduring in you? Is your Christian life showing results of it? The word “therefore” is referring to the results, conclusions, or applications that are to be in our lives from the reasons given.
We have to realize Christianity has a cost to it. The cost may be big, but we can take comfort that it is well worth the cost beyond our understanding.
Obedience is the fuel that puts God’s will into action!
Have you ever thought that Satan does not want you to make good decisions?
Are you being Obedient? Obedience is submitting to what God requires of us.
How Obedient are you? Obedience is an aspect of our faith that comes from our submission, surrender and compliance to His will.
Obedience is also the willingness to cooperate with God and with others in their Godly directions and plans.
Obedience must infuse everything; it is the capstone to our foundation of faith and life in Christ.
Are you a Disciple? Are you being Obedient? How Obedient are you?
Being a true disciple means having a willingness to trust Him completely in all aspects of life from the highest highs to the lowest lows. It means we are not only willing to trust Him to provide for our salvation, but also for the future.
Please join us Sunday evenings at 6p.m. for Discipleship Training. Listen to LZ Johnson as he digs deeper into God's Word and teaches us all to become TRUE disciples of God.
Discipleship Training Director
Bro. LZ Johnson
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”