Discipleship

My personal thoughts on discipleship

Discipleship is a learning process in which the pupil seeks to be Christ-like. The process is performed by God through the active work of the Holy Spirit as the individual allows the Word of God, which is alive and active, to become a reality in his life. Evidence of progress in the process of discipleship is the fruits the individual is manifesting. A disciple also has strong and well-defined principles by whom he conducts himself. He is also a compassionate person (Mt. 5:43-47) who loves even his enemies. The follower of Jesus is someone who gives because he is driven…

A disciple is humble and peaceful

Humble Discipleship also involves the pupil’s being willing to serve others (Mk. 9:35). Throughout the four Gospels, Jesus is presented as someone who came to serve, not to be served (Mt. 20:28). On one occasion, Jesus was addressing his disciples with these words: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”[1] This happens to be the same for anyone who calls himself a follower of Christ. The disciple must be of modest pretensions or dimensions.[2] The pupil shall not boast of himself but God (2 Cor. 10:17). To this regard, the Apostle…

A disciple is prompt and has authority

Promptness A disciple must be quick to react to his master’s command and teaching. He is not to wait until he feels like he wants to do what he has been instructed. He does not follow according to his mood. The follower of Jesus is prompt to do and to put into practice what he had been taught. Learning is a process. It requires time and effort. No doubt about that. However, it also requires a willingness to submit everything and leave behind traditions, prejudices, and paradigms to embrace what is to be taught. In Mark 1:19-20, Jesus approaches James and…

A disciple is bold and is determined.

Boldness Jesus said: “The Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. Moreover, you must also testify about me.”[1] . With the pouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 and the indwelling of him in the disciple at the moment of conversion (Ep. 1:13-14), the pupil is “empowered” to testify “with power” (Acts 1:8). A disciple is empowered to testify boldly about the redemption he has experienced through the atonement done at Calvary (Rom. 5:11). Determination In Mark 1:17-18, we see Jesus calling Simon and his brother Andrew, calling them…

A disciple remains and bears fruit

Remains According to John 15:1-17, Jesus is present with us, Jesus being the vine and his disciples the branches. Being a disciple means that, as a follower of Jesus, God abides in him and him in God (1 Jn. 4:16). Not only does the disciple abide in Christ but he also clings and rests not only in God but in the revelation he receives through the active work of the Holy Spirit in his life as the Spirit does the work of teaching the pupil (Jn. 14:26). Bears fruit As a direct result of this abiding, the disciple produces fruit (Jn.15:5). When the pupil of God…

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