2 The Diamond of Discipleship Rick Warren: Purpose Driven Life First Base (101) Committed to membershipThe process of knowing ChristSecond Base (201) Committed to maturityThe process of growing in ChristThird Base (301) Committed to ministryThe process of serving ChristHome Plate (401) Committed to missionsThe process of sharing Christ
3 A.B. Bruce: Jesus’ Staged Discipleship (The Training of the Twelve, 1871) Come and SeeCharacterized by: EstablishmentCome and Follow MeCharacterized by PreparationCome and Be With MeCharacterized by MissionRemain in MeCharacterized by Empowerment
4 Wesley’s motif: “States of Man” (“The Spirit of Bondage and Adoption”) NATURAL STATELEGAL STATEEVANGELICAL STATEMan sleeps in deathIs awakenedIs a child of GodNeither fears nor loves GodFears GodLoves GodHas no light in things of GodSees the painful light of hellSees the joyous light of heavenHas false peaceHas no peaceEnjoys true peaceHas fancied libertyIs in bondageEnjoys true libertySins willinglySins unwillinglyDoes not sinConsequence…Neither conquers nor fightsFights but does not conquerFights & conquers; is more than conqueror
5 Wesley’s motif: “States of Man” (“The Spirit of Bondage and Adoption”) Evangelical State divided into Stages (1 Jn 2:12-14)First Stage: “Babe in Christ”Little child having experienced birth in SpiritThey are so far perfect as not to commit outward sin by way of their saving grace renewing them in the image of GodNext Stage: “Young Man”Disciple of Christ becoming aware of remaining sinLast Stage: “Adult Son or Father”When entirely sanctified and heart purified by expulsive power of love cleansing inborn sin.
6 Wesley’s Process Motif of Salvation The idea of sanctification in WesleyNarrow sense, sanctification finds its place between justification and glorificationBroader sense, it can refer to the whole process of remaking the image of God in usGradual advance is a key concept in Wesley’s soteriologyOften expresses our relationship to God in idea of “degrees”Wesley interspersed instantaneous grace within gradual growthAscending step model of salvation applied to Methodist societies
7 Wesley’s Ten Stages of Salvation Prevenient graceConvincing (convicting) graceSaving Grace followsAssurance of Salvation followsGrowth in GraceSecond RepentanceEntire sanctification by graceAssurance of entire sanctificationContinued growth in graceGlorification is final stage
8 AN ANALYSIS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE (by Dr. David Cubie) THE PROBLEM—SINTHE TRANSFORMATIONTHE PERFECTIONAS REBELLION/DEEDSin “properly so-called” (Wesley)Willful transgression of known law of God“Dead in trespasses and sins”SALVATIONInitial sanctificationAcquired depravity eradicated at justification“To the saints which are in Christ Jesus…”“To those sanctified in Christ Jesus” (I Cor. 1:2)“Partakers of the divine nature” (I Pet. 1:4)REGENERATIONSpiritual new birth/babesNo willful transgressionVictory over the deeds of sinHe …does right…loves brother (I Jn 3:4-10)AS DEPRAVITY/NATURE“Death”“Mind of the flesh”“Hostility”“Inability”ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION“cleansed their hearts by faith” Acts 15:9“sanctify you entirely” (I Thess. 5:23)HEART PURITYMatt. 5:6-8, 43-48Luke 6:32-36John 7:37-39; 17:17James 1:8; 4:8AS SYSTEMICconditioning / deprivation / effectThe result of sinHeb. 12:1 (lay aside every weight and the sin which clings closely)Rom. 12:2 (be not conformed…)RECONDITIONINGTransformation of characterOngoing maturingMade into his likeness“He disciplines us…that we may share his holiness” (Heb. 12:10)Rom 12:2; I Jn. 3:2-3CHRISTLIKENESSThe perfection of suffering and glory – FletcherRom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:10-11; I Jn. 3:1-3Heb. 5:8 “made perfect through sufferingsHeb. 12:23 “the spirits of just men made perfect”
9 McDonald’s Dynamic Marks of Authentic Discipleship McDonald, G. (2007) McDonald’s Dynamic Marks of Authentic Discipleship McDonald, G. (2007). The disciple making church: From dry bones to spiritual vitality. Grand Haven, MI: FaithWalk Pub.A Heart for Christ aloneA Mind Transformed by the Word of GodArms of LoveKnees for PrayerA Voice to Speak the Good NewsA Spirit of Servanthood and Stewardship