Becoming a Disciple
The Bible says we are to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-19). What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? Can anyone become a disciple of Jesus Christ? Let’s outline a few biblical principles on what is means to follow Jesus.
- Discipleship begins by repenting of our sins and by putting our faith in Christ. The very first words that Jesus proclaimed to begin His public ministry was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). The message of the kingdom coming to earth is the proclamation that God lives among His people to save us from our sins (Matt. 1:21, 23). The various healings in the Gospels are pictures of salvation that show faith as the requirement for one to be healed. We are healed, from the sickness of sin, by faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-9).
- Discipleship means that we believe certain teachings about Christ, the Bible, and salvation. First John 2:23 says that if we don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God then we don’t believe in the Father. First John 4:2 also says that if we don’t believe that the Son of God, Jesus, became man, then we are not Christians. The Bible is given to Christians in order to be instructed, rebuked, corrected, and trained in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). The truth claims of Christianity are based on God’s revelation to us. Only by abiding in the truth are we set free (John 8:32).
- Discipleship means that we love God’s people and live according to our new natures in order to give evidence that we truly are followers of Christ. First John 3:10 says that the children of God the children of the Devil are evident. The children of God practice righteous living and love God’s people while the children of the Devil do neither. In fact, as a disciple you may know you have passed from a state of death to a state of life by loving God’s church — His people (1 John 3:14). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
- Discipleship is taking up our cross to follow Jesus as a life pursuit of the glory of God (Matt. 10:38-39). Jesus said that while He was on earth He always did the things that were pleasing to His Father. He was chiefly concerned with God’s glory. Discipleship is a call to lose our life for the glory of God in Christ. There are no shortcuts to discipleship. It is a daily pursuit of living for God and Christ.
These are just a few non-negotiable’s on what a disciple of Christ looks like. The whole counsel of God is our discipleship handbook (Acts 20:27). Unfortunately, there is no quick hoop to jump through nor a card to sign in order to make you a disciple. But at Redeemer we have a commitment to you. We commit ourselves to the authority of God’s Word to teach you about the person and work of Jesus. If you are not sure what to think about Jesus, no problem. We invite you to connect to our Bible study and Sunday service to learn more about Him.
We are committed to teaching the truth of God’s Word.