Counting the cost of Discipleship L5

So far, we have covered 4 lessons in this study on discipleship. I hope that you have been challenged in your walk with the Lord. If you have missed the previous lessons, you can review and catch up by reading these articles:

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Counting the cost of discipleship L2

Yesterday, I finished lesson one and wrote an article on discipleship. Today, I would like to continue the theme of discipleship from Jesus’ perspective. If you want to catch up or review the previous lesson, here it is:

  1. Counting the cost of discipleship Lesson 1

What does the word disciple mean? The Greek word that is translated “disciple” is “mathetes”. It literally means a learner or a pupil, one who learns theory and practice. This is the exact example that we saw in lesson 1. Jesus taught His disciples theory and also gave them opportunities to practice what they learned. The root of the word disciple is the Greek verb “manthano”. It means to increase in knowledge to the point of habit. As you learn things, you apply them. As you apply them over and over again, they become a habit for you. This is what discipleship mean. I learn and apply until learning and application become a habit for me. I am learning to know and follow Jesus. It really is that simple. Are you a learner of Christ’s ways? Are you applying what you learn to the point where it becomes a habit for you? Continue reading

Teach heavenly wisdom from above

I just finished teaching my staff’s weekly Bible study. We have been in James for about 12 weeks now. It is neat to see how much God has taught us over these past 12 weeks. We all have a much deeper understanding of God’s message on the differences between dead faith and living faith. Here is a quick review of the previous lessons from James.

  1. Living faith vs. Dead faith
  2. Living faith vs. Dead faith part II
  3. Trials and Temptations; what’s the difference?
  4. Genuine faith in action
  5. Two spiritual births; death and life
  6. Living faith in action
  7. Living faith revealed
  8. Living faith produces good works
  9. Living faith tames the tongue with wisdom from above

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Counting the cost of discipleship L1

I have taught this course many, many times. Each time I study it, I learn something new about discipleship and what it means to be a genuine Christian. Lesson 1 is the foundation for the entire study. It lays the base to be built upon. Of course, it begins with Jesus, the ultimate disciple maker. Jesus, while on earth, did not invent the process of discipleship. We see discipleship in the very beginning, when God discipled Adam and Eve, teaching them to disciple their children. This idea is passed down through the entire Old Testament.

I. The calling to be a disciple

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Patience and Kindness

As I have been preparing for this Sunday’s sermon on the Fruit of the Spirit, I am amazed, once again, at just how practical the Word of God is for every person, no matter the age of that person. Over the past 3 weeks during our children’s worship service called theROC, we have been examining the Fruit of the Spirit. Here is a quick review of what we have been learning.

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Genuine Faith tames the tongue with wisdom from above

It is Wednesday morning again and I am getting ready to teach my staff this afternoon. We are continuing to walk through Saint James’ epistle on the differences between dead/useless faith and living/saving faith. Here are the previous lessons that we have covered. If you have been following along, you already know them. If you are new to this series, it would be helpful to read through them to get some context for this lesson.

  1. Living faith vs. Dead faith
  2. Living faith vs. Dead faith part II
  3. Trials and Temptations; what’s the difference?
  4. Genuine faith in action
  5. Two spiritual births; death and life
  6. Living faith in action
  7. Living faith revealed
  8. Living faith produces good works

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy and Peace

I have been working on lesson 2 about the Fruit of the Spirit, the series that I am teaching this summer during our children’s church, called theROC. I wanted to share the lesson here so that I can think through it myself and share the truths with others. I hope that it will be helpful. The previous lesson was on the overview of the fruit of the Spirit.

We are all born with a sin nature that manifests itself on a daily basis. We live by that sin nature until God sets us free by causing us to be born again through faith in Jesus Christ. The Gospel made it all possible, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. When we are born again from above, God gives us a new Spirit, His Spirit, which now manifests love in us and through us. The rest of the characteristics in Galatians 5 teach us what love looks like and how it is manifested. Today, we are going to focus on 2 aspects of love; joy and peace. Continue reading

Genuine faith produces good works

Our staff is going to meet later on today and continue our walk through the book of James. Our topic this week is faith and works. Our main passage is James 2:14-26. Are the two separate or do they have anything to do with one another in God’s economy? Some teach that you have to work for your salvation. Others say that faith alone is enough and works have nothing to do with salvation. There are some who argue that James and Paul contradict each other in their epistles, claiming that Paul teaches faith alone and James teaches faith with works. Is this true? Continue reading

Patiently await the coming of the Lord!

I am getting ready to teach the final lesson on Jude. It has been an amazing and eye opening study. I have enjoyed the past 4 weeks and know that this week will also be a good one. I am praying for all of the students who took this class, that the Word would penetrate their hearts and motivate them to make disciples of the people whom God has placed in their lives.

Here are some of the previous lessons.

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Sharing the Gospel with conviction

I am teaching during VBS this year. As we work with the kids, I have opportunities to share with kids and I am so blessed to be able to share the Gospel. I would like to share the points that I use in leading kids to Christ.

If you have a Bible, get It out and open It up to the Gospel of John.

I. John 20:30-31

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