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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People Often Ask These Questions:
- How do I fulfil my destiny? Our destiny is bound up in our response to the Gospel. “Are you saved or lost?” That is the question above all questions. The declaration of the Gospel is “Jesus saves.” He saves from wrath, judgment, hell, bondage, the devil, and darkness. He saves us from dying in our sins. …People insure their houses and yet do not insure their eternal future. Yet we know that salvation offers so much more. Who else offers such insurance but Jesus?
- Why does God allow suffering? You could just as well ask the National Secretary of Transportation why he allows accidents on the highways. No doubt he would take exception to your accusation and point to the rules of the road. “Every time a law is broken, an accident and suffering might occur,” he would reply. People suffer chiefly for one reason—they are ignoring God’s rulebook, the Bible, and everything goes wrong. Our Creator knows exactly how He has made us and what will harm us. Consequently, out of a caring, protective heart, He says, “You shall not … ” The “you shall nots” are not edicts designed to spoil our fun, but rather they are the manufacturer’s handling instructions. God wisely knows that our psyche is unable to handle sin. Actually, it is crushed and tormented by misdeeds. It is always wise to read the instruction manual before using a new appliance. People worry about breaking a new DVD player or a new computer, but strangely, they have no worries about destroying their own spirits and souls with the poison of sin.
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