What is a
A healthy church understands what we are about – making disciples
Whoever claims to live in him must
walk as Jesus did.
1 John 2:6
1. A disciple is someone who walks as Jesus walked. 1 John 2:6
This isn’t just following a bunch of rules – although if we are following Jesus we will be following the rules
What Would Jesus Do? has become cliché. If we are following Jesus we will not be constantly asking this question because we will already know what Jesus did in similar situations and we can follow.
Do our lives reflect a change?
Would a stranger know that we are a disciple after knowing us for one day?
2. “Go and make disciples…”
We think of disciples as holy people who went out and turned the world upside-down for Jesus. A disciple is much simpler than this. A disciple is a student. An apostle is someone who is sent out with a mission. We are to make disciples.
What are the needs of those around us?
How does alleviating suffering differ from loving others?
We are told to obey Christ's commands so... - What are Christ’s commandments that we are to obey?
Next lesson covers more of what it means to be a disciple. What does is mean to be a disciple?
By this all men will know that you
are my disciples, if you love one another.
To be a disciple we are to bear fruit – John 15:5-8
To be a disciple we are to prioritize our relationships – Luke 14:26
We don't focus on God to the exclusion of our relationships; rather our relationships should be centered around God. However, if you are in a relationship with someone who doesn't have the same beliefs as you, God needs to be the most important thing in your life, even above your family.
To be a disciple we are to follow Jesus and carry our cross – Luke 14:27
To be a disciple we are to turn over our possessions – Luke 14:31-33, Acts 4:32-35
There is a lot if argument over whether a 10% tithe is still a requirement in the church age. Jesus never mentions it specifically and therefore a lot of people don't think much about giving to the church at all. However, the example given to us in Acts is sacrificial giving that went well beyond even the 10% of the Old Testament as people sold their property and possessions in support of the budding church.