THE DISCIPLE SERIES
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
Jesus spoke into a small group of people, trained them, showed them, walked with them etc…. then they went out and did the same thing
Be a disciple of Christ, a committed follower. not just somebody that comes to church
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follow me, transform you, then send you out to that with others
Am I disciple, or am I someone who just goes to church?
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Disciples were called to be with Jesus.
When you think of discipleship you may think you need to know the whole Bible or do everything by memorization. Although memorizing Bible verse is great, that’s not what Jesus asked us to do! The first thing Jesus said was to be with Him. Hang out with Him, learn what He did, how He reacted and how He prayed. The first thing you can do when you want to be a disciple is to spend time with Jesus. Spend time praying, in Bible study, sitting in silence so you can hear His voice. Sit at Jesus’ feet and ask Him to speak to you, every day. The devil will work hard all day to keep you going all day completely distracted from what God has for you, but God says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
The way Jesus’ disciples followed Him and learned from Him can be used to bring someone alongside you to be discipled.
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. 14 Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him. Mark 3:14 (emphasis added)
The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:43-46 (emphasis added)
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. Matthew 9:9 (emphasis added)
Jesus wants you to spend time with Him. It’s important to distinguish time with Him from having information about Him. It is good to learn about God, but we can be so consumed with facts and information that we miss the person of Jesus and the relationship that He wants with us. He can speak to us, guide us, encourage us, comfort us, empower us…Acknowledge that He is right here with you all the time. Listen for the small, still, whisper of His voice.
Establish time with Jesus: Prayer, quiet time, Bible reading, learning, teaching, ministry etc...Ask him to make Himself known to you.
Obedience to God’s Word. John 8:28, Matthew 22:37-40
Just before His death, Jesus validated that He was really sent from the Father.
Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.”John 8:28
Jesus depended on the Bible and taught His disciples to obey the Father’s Word. He did this not just by telling others to be obedient, but also by modeling His own dependence on God’s word whenever He was tempted or challenged. In our own discipleship of others, we first have to model the Gospel as Jesus did. People who just tell what the Bible says but don’t model it reveal their lack of commitment to the Christian life and only become self-righteous.
If someone were to follow you around all day and watch how you talk, what you do, and how you spend your money, would they say you are selfish or unselfish? You can’t teach servanthood unless you serve and you can’t teach humility unless you are humble. Pastor Miles challenged us to always assume we are being watched. If our lives are right before the Lord, others will absorb this discipleship lesson without any words at all.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS TEST