Posted by: futurefaith | May 17, 2011

A Disciple Is Discipled and Disciples

As I present this final excerpt from my larger series on Discipleship, I would like to stress several crucial points concerning Biblical discipleship. As I mentioned in the first excerpt, disciples are students. By this, it is meant that disciples never stop learning. Paul says in his letter to the Colossians (1:10) that one of the many things we will be doing as followers [disciples] of Christ is “increasing” our knowledge of God. In his letter to the church in Ephesus (3:18-19), Paul says that we should be having our comprehension of God strengthened for the purpose of being “filled” with the fullness of Him. In 5:10 of the same letter we read that we are also to be learning what pleases the Lord. Elsewhere, Paul states that if we ever come to a point where we think we have arrived at an exhausted knowledge of an issue, the truth is we have not yet come to know as we ought to know (1 Cor. 8:2). For a true disciple of Christ, our education never ceases and will never end this side of heaven. Disciples are always learning and are always being taught. It is the most unbiblical thing for a Christian to say, “I am too old to learn/adjust”, or “It’s too late for me to learn/adjust”. This is against the teachings of the Scripture its self. Disciples are always learning, always growing, and always conforming to Christ. If you stop or have stopped pursuing the faith, truth, you’re done for! The only options left to you are to stagnate, or go backwards.

Disciples are discipled.
If it is true that disciples are always learning. It would do us good then to see how they will receive their instruction. The scriptures show us several ways a disciple is discipled.
1. The Scripture itself. (2 Tim. 3:16) (Acts 17:11).
2. The Elders/Leaders. (1 Titus 1:9) (Heb. 13:7).
3. Other Believers. (Col. 3:16) (Acts 18:26).

What this means for the disciple:
1. The disciple must walk by the Spirit. He teaches the deep things of God.
2. The disciple needs to be teachable.
– This does not mean be “open-minded” (you will need a shut door somewhere at some time).
– This does not mean you have to accept something or anything.
– It does mean you are willing to take something for the purpose of
proving it or learning about it. You must be able to be instructed and challenged. I will always take a doctrine, theology, or interpretation when presented to me by another person. I test that which I have been given by the scripture and then “Hold fast that which is good” – 1 Thess 5:21 (ESV)

Disciples disciple.
The key of discipling is found in Matthew 28:19-20:
1. Go. (Pro-active, motivated, responsibility)
2. Make. (Purpose, focus, exertion)
3. Teach (Knowledge, comprehension qualification)
Teaching:
The biblical prerequisites for teaching.
1. Spiritual maturity (1 Tim. 1:7) (Heb. 5:12-6:3, 11-12).
2. Sound, disciplined, study habits (Heb. 5:14) (2 Tim. 2:15).
3. Faithful to and with the word (hermeneutics, exegesis, etc.) (2 Time. 2:2) (2 Tim. 3:14-15).
4. Doctrinal [Theological] soundness (1 Tim. 6:20) (2 Tim. 4:2-4) (Titus 1:9-11,13; 2:1).

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