Real Christian discipleship requires total commitment. It is about sacrificing everything for the service of God. It is not important about the quantity you give but the quality, and leave you totally dependant on God for survival. In the calling of the first four disciples Jesus calls them individually, this shows how great his power and charisma drew them to him. Jesus said, “Come follow me”.
Rarely do he thinks spiritually. Jesus wants his teaching to be taken in the heart and obeyed. As Christians, it is imperative that they know who they are in Christ to face persecutions and to live so they can impact the world; because when people see Christians, they should see Jesus. However, being part of the Kingdom should reflect the heart of Jesus and show mercy to people. God requires more from the believer than living by a set of rules.
Disciples should put the needs of others before their own. This is what Jesus’ apostles had to do. The story of the rich young man shows the cost of discipleship (10:17-31). Disciples have to have many qualities. These include: · Courage - You have to have courage to pursue good and be willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel.
Mark's Gospel and What It Can Tell us About Discipleship In this essay, I am going to show that a disciple is ready to sacrifice all, and to look at different cases of cost and rewards. The word disciple means 'follower'. Christian discipleship involves faith and commitment to god, self-sacrifice, service to others, using your time, money, and energies, as god wants you too, not as the world temps you to. It involves belonging to god's family and the church. Disciples are ready to sacrifice all (cost) but receive eternal life in return (reward).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer has shed a light on many subjects concerning the Christian life. As Christ should be the center of the Christian and the church community, discipleship should be a key factor in the fellowship of Christ. Through Christ, one is united with God guide those that love him. However, no one is excluded from the sufferings, the evils, of the world. Yet the true Christian can come to love such sufferings as such trials strengthen the Christian faith.
(Ephesians 4:15), and discipleship does this to a Christian. Disciples must repent just as Paul did in the bible. There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. Trouble and temptation are Gods disciplines, and you trust in god more when in a difficult situation. These teachings mean living in a very material and secular world.
Straight away in Mark’s Gospel, in the first section it talks about spreading the Good news. This is required from every disciple, where ever you go you should preach the word and not be ashamed of your God. For it is written (9:38) ‘If a person is ashamed of me and my teaching in this godless and wicked day, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of him…’. Faith is absolutely essential for discipleship. Christians believe and trust in God completely, otherwise why would they follow him.
The contents of the Sermon on the Mount demands on Jesus' followers - they are moved-on from complying with an outward set of universal values to surrendering themselves - body, mind and soul - to the ways of God. To take on not only the laws of God for humankind, but his very persona, through Jesus Christ. To view the Sermon on the Mount is to emphasise our utter helplessness and show, unambiguously, our total need of new birth in Christ. But Jesus' words, provide comfort and hope and blessing to those who are willing to walk with him. The Sermon on the Mount addresses much more than even these wonderful promises.
Although I strongly believe in resting in the finish work of the cross, I also believing in striving to live in a way that exemplifies discipleship of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirt working in my life. Striving to modify the deeds of the flesh to become more like the image of the Son of God, should be goal for all believers. Obedience is better than sacrifice and will cause God to highly favor you as He did His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus was obedient to the things his father wanted him to do. He also did hard things that his flesh didn’t want to do, even to the point of death.
It is the ongoing sanctification of the believer that is the proof of the justification that God dons on every believer upon the acceptance of Christ. It is in fact, the` process of sanctification that requires intentional diligent effort on the part of every believer. 1 Biblical Foundation The Word of God is a Christian’s final authority for every aspect of their lives, so when it comes to questions of character, one needs only look to the Bible (2 Peter 1:3). The more one seeks to ... ... middle of paper ... ...hey walk their talk and portray God’s love in all things, people see Christ through the very life of a believer and are drawn to His Truth. A Christian must overflow the love of Christ for others.