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INTRODUCTION TO Discipleship January 2014. "Am I still growing as a Christian?”

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1 INTRODUCTION TO Discipleship January 2014

2 "Am I still growing as a Christian?”

3 CONVERSIONCONVERSION S A N C T I F I C A T I O N Old Worldview Transforming Worldview

4 What is A disciple? ‘Discipleship means learning from and following a teacher’. ‘A disciple is a reborn follower of Jesus’.

5 What is A disciple? ‘A disciple is someone who submits to at least one other person in a healthy and appropriate way as a means of support and accountability to develop fully as a follower of Jesus’. ‘Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ’. D. Bonheoffer

6 A CHALLENGING THOUGHT ‘Most of us want to reap a harvest of discipline while living the life of relative sloth’ Bill Hull. ‘Churches around the world are filled with people who’ve learned basic information about being a follower of Jesus, but who no longer study the Bible, memorise Scripture, or pray as daily disciplines’.

7 WHAT DISCIPLESHIP ISN’T ‘The cause of Christ has paid a terrible price because of the mistaken concept that discipleship is only for beginners’.

8 LUKE 9: 23 - 26 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for you to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit your very self? 26 If any of you are ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

9 LUKE 9: 57 - 62 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

10 THREE MEN! The first man volunteered to go until he heard the cost. Jesus called the second man but he was rejected because he would not take up the cross and die to self. The third man volunteered, but he could not follow Christ because he was looking back instead of ahead.

11 CONCLUSION Are you still growing ?

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