True Biblical Discipleship

Discipleship is a term used to describe the process of becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. It  refers to the principles and practices that are rooted in the teachings of the Bible and becoming more like Christ. The Bible offers a clear picture of what true discipleship looks like, and it involves more than just attending church services or reading the Bible regularly. Let's explore what true biblical discipleship is and what it cost:

  1. Surrendering to Christ 
The first step in true biblical discipleship is surrendering to Christ. This means acknowledging that we are sinners and in need of a savior. We must repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ. This step is crucial because it lays the foundation for all that follows. Without this crucial first step, everything that follows will just be "works". Surrendering to Christ means that we are willing to follow His lead, even when it is difficult. (Ephesians 1:13)
  1. Following Christ 
Once we have surrendered to Christ, the next step is to follow Him. This means making Him the Lord of our lives and allowing Him to guide our decisions and actions. Following Christ involves obedience to His commands, such as loving others, serving those in need, and sharing the Gospel with others. We must be willing to lay down our own desires and preferences and seek to live in a way that honors Him. (John 15)
  1. Learning from Christ 
True biblical discipleship also involves learning from Christ. This means studying the Bible, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and being willing to learn from others who have more experience in the faith. As we learn from Christ, we grow in our understanding of who He is and what He desires for our lives. (1 Peter 1:5-12)
  1. Reproducing Disciples
Finally, true biblical discipleship involves reproducing disciples. This means sharing our faith with others and helping them to become followers of Christ. We must be willing to invest in the lives of others, to disciple them, and to help them grow in their faith. This is not an optional part of discipleship, but an essential part of fulfilling the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19-20)

True biblical discipleship is a lifelong journey of surrendering to Christ, following Him, learning from Him, and reproducing disciples. It is not a one-time event, but a process that involves continual growth and transformation. As we seek to become true disciples of Christ, may we always remember the words of Jesus, "Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." (Matthew 16:24 ).

In Love, 
Pastor Jody

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