Whether you’re a new leader of Bible study, a new believer or someone who has taught Sunday School classes or small groups for years, there should be one common term to define you.
You’re a disciple of Jesus.
Periodically, it’s a good idea to review exactly what that means and take inventory of how you are measuring up.
Here’s a simple process I hope you’ll find helpful to take a spiritual inventory of yourself as a disciple.
Devote yourself to being a disciple. This first step is a definite decision that must be renewed daily. Perhaps you prefer a word like “decide” or “dedicate” or “determine.” I like the word “devote” because it reminds me to start my day with a “devotional!”
Declare your identity in Christ. Your life will lack spiritual power if you lack assurance of God’s love for you demonstrated by His adoption of you in Christ. Thank Him daily that He loves you and claim what the Bible says about who you are as a member of His eternal household.
Develop spiritual disciplines. The most foundational of these disciplines includes spending time with God, hearing from Him through the Bible and talking — and listening — to Him through prayer. Need a place to start? Read the chapter of Proverbs corresponding to the date.
Display Christlike character. A disciple will increasingly think and act like Christ. The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) provides a good inventory of Christlike characteristics: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith[fullness], gentleness, and self-control.
Defend your faith. You don’t have to be an expert in apologetics, but you should be able to tell how your story intersects God’s Story, graciously “seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6) and do so with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:16).
Disciple others, beginning with your own household. Discipleship begins at home (Deuteronomy 6:4-7). Perhaps beyond your own household, you may be able to develop a one-to-one relationship with a newer believer. Or, you could begin…Continue Reading…@ https://www.lifeway.com/
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