Lesson 17

Discipleship

Personal Discipleship Accomplishes Many Things

A.   Discipleship establishes the Christian in the foundational truths of biblical Christianity (1 Thessalonians 3:2).
B.   Discipleship provides the Christian with a caring, comforting friend to help him through the difficulties of transformation (1 Thessalonians 3:2)
C.   Discipleship affords the Christian additional spiritual protection through the counsel and prayer support of a mature Christian (1 Thessalonians 3:2)
D.   Discipleship provides mutual accountability both to the disciple and discipler. the accountability factor affords both with motivation to grow in Christ and walk in faith (1 Thessalonians 3:6).
E.   Discipleship provides fellowship. The Christian needs Christian friends. The discipler assumes the role and responsibilities of a friend and serves to introduce his disciple to others in his fellowship (1 Thessalonians 3:6)
F.   Discipleship provides the Christian with encouragement. The discipler serves to motivate the Christian to higher levels of growth, dedication and commitment (1 Thessalonians 3:8)
G.   Discipleship brings the Christian toward perfection or maturity in Christ, "And he gave some...teachers; for the perfecting of the saints..." (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 3:10).
H.   Discipleship most naturally leads to ministry rather than mere activity. Many Christians are in motion, few are in ministry. Discipleship exemplifies what Christianity is all about, people serving other people (1 Thessalonians 3:12).
I.   Discipleship provides the Christian with a living picture of what a Christian ought to be. The discipler becomes the disciple's example (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
J.   Discipleship provides godly counsel to the disciple. It divides the load of the counseling ministry among those in the local church body (1 Thessalonians 3:13).
K.   Discipleship, therefore, in accomplishing all of these purposes, must bring forth glory to God (1 Thessalonians 3:13).

 

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