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Discovering DiscipleshipWho What When Why WhereHow

WhoMatthew 28:20Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.WhoBelievers from all nationsThose who respond to the Gospel and have received the Holy Spirit have a new capacity for obedience, understanding, and growth, and now are obligated to live, not for themselves but for the glory of God.

Who2 Corinthians 5:15bHe died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.WhatDefinitionDisciple : A follower, student, learner, specifically of the Lord Jesus

WhatFollow me and I will make you fishers of menImplies a change of direction, a new direction in lifeWhatA learner needs a teacherA follower needs a guideJohn 16:13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to comeWhatMatthew 28:20 Make DisciplesBaptizing themTeaching them

WhatTeaching them to observe all that I have commanded youJesus got it started and passed the responsibility on to usNot just teaching factsTeaching them to observe ie PracticeWhatA disciple is someone who grows to be disciplinedThe biblical concept of discipline has both a positive side, and a negative aspect Nelsons Illustrated Bible Dictionary p.302Psalms 119:67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me; now I closely follow your Word.

WhatTrainingPraise CorrectionReproof PunishmentWhenDiscipleship begins at New Birth and continues for the lifetime of the disciple

WhenThe natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14When the Holy Spirit indwells He brings life and the capacity to learn Gods truth.WhenLike newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation. 1 Peter 2:2WhyObedience produces growthDisobedience produces stagnation

WhyFor though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:12-14WhyGrowth is not automaticBut I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,for you are still of the flesh.1 Corinthians 3:1-2WhyJust as a newborn child needs feeding, and care, and training, just as a new disciple needs the same.We desire growth for our children, just as God desires growth for His children WhereDiscipleship takes place within the body of Christ, ie. The Church

WhereYou need to be discipled! You need to be discipling someone!

HowCome next week!