With all authority of heaven and earth, Jesus left his disciples the command to make disciples of all nations, baptize them and continue to teach them to obey. Why all nations? So everyone has the opportunity to know the truth and be saved. Once someone has been made into a disciple, they need to be baptized. Then we don’t just wish them well; we keep walking together, teaching and encouraging (discipling).
A disciple is a follower of Jesus. Biblically, a disciple and a Christian is the same thing. The word “disciple(s)” occurs more than 270 times in the New Testament, whereas the word “Christian” occurs only 3 times.
The beginning of Jesus’ ministry was the same as that of the end: Jesus came to seek and to save what was lost. His life’s mission was to save souls. As disciples of Jesus, we too must live purposeful lives of saving others. Jesus calls us to be “fishers of men.” Fishing takes patience, persistence and passion.
Self denial is at the heart of discipleship. Are you willing to deny yourself? What will that look like in your life? Self denial is a daily decision.
God expects total, unconditional surrender. God must be most important in our lives and hearts. Who/what do you practically put before God? It is important that we count the cost before we decide to become a disciple. If we are willing to make Jesus Lord, we must be willing to surrender control of absolutely everything in our lives to him.
As disciples, we are called to love one another to the same degree that God loves us.
Recap the main points from each scripture you have already looked at. Ask the person studying:
1. Are you a Disciple?
2. Are you a Christian?
3. Are you saved?
4. Do you want to be a Disciple?