What You Need
to Know About Discipleship
It is difficult to separate discipleship and
evangelism. If you are a true disciple of Jesus Christ, you will be sharing the gospel
with your friends.
Discipleship has been defined as the
Christians lifelong commitment to the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. Sounds
formal but in a nutshell: Discipleship is doing what Christ has commanded us to do. Boil
it down to one word: obedience. Many of us have learned many things about God, but
putting those things into practice is where it gets tough. It is not enough to know about
God. It is everything in life to know God personally and develop an intimate relationship
with Him. This can only be accomplished through obedience. Joining yourself with other
Christians is an important step to becoming an obedient disciple. Applying Gods Word
in your life leads to a life of contentment, free from the shame and guilt of sin.
Here are some basic disciplines that will
strengthen your relationship with Christ:Sermons, lessons, testimonies, and conversations with others can be great times
for you to be challenged to live the Christian life.
- Read the BibleHaving a daily Quiet Time is the most important time you can have each day.
Remember, Gods Word gives us a glimpse of God we can relate to things in our lives.
- Study the Bible
This can happen in a variety of places. Personal Bible study should be an exciting time
for you to search and discover who Christ is and what He can do in your life. Sunday
School and Discipleship groups can provide rich times of Bible study. Involve yourself in
these opportunities at your local church or on your school campus.
- Memorize the Word
This is most often the most neglected discipline. Scripture can bring comfort, direction,
escape from temptation and encouragement. Think of all those songs you know.
- Meditate on the Word
Allow the Scripture you memorize to fl oat across your mind throughout the day. It should
influence your attitudes and actions.
- Do the Word.
It is not enough to know. We must apply Gods Word to our lives if we are to be
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