Disciples of Jesus

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Disciples of Jesus Christ

Dictionary: disciple 1. a follower of a teacher or a school of thought. 2. one of the personal followers of Christ. (from Latin discipulus pupil, from discere to learn) The word disciple is also related to the word Discipline: ( Involves training, learning, imposing on oneself a certain life-style, improve behavior, the laws governing members of a Church)

Where is the idea of discipleship found in scripture?

The great commissioning of the Disciples.

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go 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, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16 – 20

Note: Did Jesus said? Make CONVERTS, or Make Pentecostal, Catholic, Protestants, Orthodox, and Non-Denominational CHURCH-GOERS? or Make Christians who become occasional visitors in my Father’s house of prayer?

No! Jesus said. “MAKE DISCIPLES!”

God told a modern day prophet friend in a vision: You know Christianity became an event rather than a radical lifestyle.

For some it is a weekly event, for others a yearly event and for some it is a three times in a lifetime event (When they are Hatched, Matched and Dispatched) and for some a Non-Event.

What are the conditions of true Discipleship of Jesus Christ?

1. Single-minded acceptance of the primacy of Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Luke 14: 26 “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters and even his own life he/she cannot be my disciple.”

Luke 9:61-62 And another said, I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home. To him Jesus said, “No one who set a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

2. Self sacrifice and sacrifice of all material possessions and acceptance of Jesus and the Gospel.

Mark 8: 34-38 He summoned the crowds with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me (become my disciple) must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Luke 14:33 “In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciples.”

3. The disciple of Jesus has a servant-heart. (Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of God?)

Matthew 20:25-28 But Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

John 13:12-15 So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “do you realize what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Master and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.

4. How do people ought to recognize the true disciple of Jesus?

John 13:35 “This is how all will know that you are my disciples , if you have love for one another.”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment: Love one another as I love you.”

John 15:17 “This I command you: Love one another.”

1 John 4:20-21 If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brethren, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brethren whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brethren.

What is this LOVE all about? How do we practice it in practical terms? The Blue Print for it can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 . Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interest, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Whenever we deal with Nurturing Love, Filial Love (Brotherly Love), Tough Love, and even Conjugal Love the above Blue Print should be applied by a true disciple of Christ

5. The Disciple and the Teacher.

Matthew 10:24-25 “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave is above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master.

John 15:13-15 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my father.

6. The disciple remains in the Word of God and produces much fruit.

John 8:31-32 Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you truly be my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 15:4-5 “Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.

John 15:8 “By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

7. The true disciple knows the will and the commands of his Master.

Matthew 28:20 “Teach them to observe ALL that I have COMMANDED you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

The will and the commands of Jesus can be found in the pages of the Scriptures. As an example see the following in Chapter 5-6-7 of Matthew.

Matthew 5:1-2 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them.

The Sermon on the Mount: (25 things that a disciple should know)

The Beatitudes, The Salt and the Light of the World, Teaching about the Law, About Anger, About Adultery, About Divorce, About Oaths, About Retaliation, Love of Enemies, About Almsgiving, About prayer, About Fasting, Treasure in Heaven, Light of the Body, God and Money, Dependence on God, Judging Others, Pearls before Swine, Answer to Prayers, Golden Rule, Narrow Gate, False Prophets, The True Disciple, The Two foundations .

But this is not an exclusive list. The Gospels and the Letters by the Apostles are full of the teachings of Jesus, what a true disciples should know.

How to obtain this knowledge?

-Reading of the Scriptures

-Bible Studies

-Reading of Spiritual Books

-Attending Seminars or Conferences

-Sharing with brothers and sisters about our faith

-Sermons at Sunday Mass

-Teachings at Prayer Meeting

-Retreats

and so on

The True disciple of Christ is a Wise disciple: Read Matthew 8:24-27 . Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on the rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.

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