2 What is a Christian? What is a disciple? Christian (christianos) = follower of ChristA disciple, not just a believer Jn 8:31Only disciples were called Christians Ac 11:26What is a disciple?Disciple (mathetes) = learner, follower, adherentGoal is to be like Jesus Lk 6:40To be conformed to His image Ro 8:29; 2Co 3:18
3 What are marks of a disciple? Abides in Jesus’ words Jn 8:31; Mt 7:21-27Loves the brethren Jn 13:34-35; 15:12Bears much fruit Jn 15:8; Mt 5:16How does one become a disciple?It begins with baptism Mt 28:19; Ac 2:38; 8:35-38It continues with learning, obeying Mt 28:20; Ac 2:42For we must be doers, not hearers only Ja 1:21-27
4 What are benefits of being a disciple? Rest for our souls Mt 11:28-30Freedom from sin Jn 8:31-36; Ep 1:7; 1Jn 1:9The gift of the Spirit Jn 7:37-39; Ga 5:22-23; Ro 15:13Peace beyond understanding Jn 14:27; Ro 5:1; Ph 4:6-7Joy beyond words Jn 15:11; Ph 4:4; 1Pe 1:8Love beyond knowledge Jn 15:9; Ep 3:17-19; 1Jn 3:16Fellowship in God’s family Mk 10:28-30; He 10:24-25Comfort, hope for the future 2Co 1:3-5; 1Th 4:13-18
5 Are you truly a Christian? Have you become a disciple of Jesus? Are you experiencing the benefitsof being a disciple?