DISCIPLESHIP CLASSES N0 1
BIBLE READING: MATTHEW 4:17-25
MAKING THE RIGHT START!
It goes without saying, at the beginning of these
that before we can be a disciple, we must make
the decision to give
ourselves completely to Jesus, and, weighing
up all the
consequences, make the decision to follow Him
- lock stock and barrel!
There are some people, who never seem to
make anything of their
Christian lives! All too often, they are putting
the cart before the
horse, and trying to be disciples, without
being born again into
newness of life in Christ!
BUT WHAT OF THE FUTURE
Because it is a STEP OF FAITH, knowing that He
will only lead us where
is best for us and His Kingdom, we have no way
of knowing where it will
eventually lead! It is a one step at a time walk,
with the Saviour.
Now exactly that same principle has applied
to people like the missionary David
Livingston - he had no idea where his dedication
would lead him.
William Booth, when he found Christ in his youth,
had no idea that one
day he would be the instrument of God in forming
the Salvation Army!
The same applies to any of the great names
of Christian history -
Florence Nightingale, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Billy Graham, Cliff Richard......
JESUS HAS GOT TO COME FIRST
There is a sense, that to be a true disciple
of Jesus, we must give up
claim on OURSELVES, OUR wants and wishes. The
WILL of Jesus comes first
to one of His true disciples! As Jesus
said in the Garden of
Gethsemane, "Not My will, but Thine be
The picture of true disciples is found in the
beginning of the Gospels,
when the disciples were first called to follow
When we make that initial commitment of giving
our lives to Christ,
that doesn't mean, we have arrived! It's not
an end! It's a new
beginning! WE ARE STARTING OUT WITH JESUS!
As we travel along the Christian pathway, we
will come to forks in the
road, and we must decide which way is for us
- one will be God's way,
and the other, that of our own will!! The Bible
says, "There is a way
which seemeth right unto a man, but the ends
thereof are the ways of
SUITABLE TRAVELLING COMPANIONS
Also, we will, as we travel with the Lord,
become more aware, day by
day, of our TRAVELLING COMPANIONS - and will
slowly come to realize,
that some of them may not glorify God! They could
take many guises:-
Habit, friendships, words, actions - things
that never cost us a
thought before, such as perhaps temper, or
something unworthy of
Christ, will now stand out like a sore thumb,
in our newness of life,
and it will dawn on us, that certain things simply
do not fit into our
walk with the Saviour, and with His help will
need to go.
These realisations, are the work of the Holy
Spirit, as He enlightens
us as to the will and the way of God.
Any true Christian, will soon tell you,
this is something that
continues to happen, the whole of our lives,
as God purifies and
refines us - making us more and more like Jesus.
This can only happen,
through the power of the Holy Spirit, as we allow
Him to come into our
lives and fill us to overflowing with His PRESENCE,
His LOVE, and His
EVERY DISCIPLE WINNING OTHERS
Those first disciples were not just called to
sort of aimlessly follow
Jesus around - He said, "I will make
you FISHERS OF MEN!"
In other words, they were, as disciples, to have
as their main aim, the
winning of others to the Lord Jesus Christ!
They were first and
foremost, to be witnesses for Him! Every true
We could look at it as two distinct steps, and
for us to truly follow
Christ, one must lead to the other! The first
is TO FOLLOW! The second
is to literally become FISHERS OF MEN!
It's one thing to OBEY THE CALL! But it can
be quite another to FULFIL THE PURPOSE of the call!