These notes are from our Discipleship series:
We must begin with stating that by being discipled, you will advance in your sanctification process. You will become more like Christ. The terms disciple and follower will be used interchangeably.
Holiness is not a state of achievement. Upon salvation, God views you as holy. Holy is a state of being. It is what you are. Your holiness is made more evident by the Christ-like decisions that you make.
Think of discipleship both corporately and individually as a journey to a more authentic, organic, transparent relationship with Jesus Christ.
Disciple – Follower of Jesus Christ.
A disciple is one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another.
A disciple is one that holds the Bible alone to be the rule of faith and practice.
As reformed baptists, we believe that the Bible is used both as a functional guide and governing authority for our lives.
A follower is one in the service of another.
A follower is one that follows the opinions or teachings of another.
A follower is one that imitates another.
As a disciple you need to:
*Prepare yourself for worship
Worship happens everyday, not just on Sunday. When you show up to corporately worship on Sunday, it should be a reflection of the worship that has been going on in your life the past week. Sunday is a celebration of worship.
*Prepare yourself to take in the pastor’s sermon and submit to them as your spiritual authority.
Hebrews 13:7, 17
You are to submit to the pastor to the degree that he is submitted to Christ. He has been given the authority to speak life and truth into your life as well as rebuke, correct, reprove when we have become disobedient or rebellious.
*Prepare to be saturated with Scripture
Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:1-2, 9-16, 20, 2 Timothy 3:16
In a Gospel centered church, every sermon should lead you to Jesus. Jesus must be made much of in the church service. Through both sermon and song, Jesus should be evident in the church. In a Gospel centered church you will constantly hear Scripture and be encouraged to apply it to your life. During your week, submerge yourself in the Word of God. Listen to podcasts or your pastor’s sermon. Read your Bible – hold the actual book, listen to it, read it online or on your tablet or phone. Memorize it and feast upon Scripture. Download that to your brain’s hard-drive. As a disciple, if you were to be cut open, you would want to bleed the Bible.
*Prepare yourself to hear from God
Psalm 139:23-24, Psalm 42:1
Ask God to free your mind from distractions. In a corporate worship setting, you want your mind clearly focused on Christ and what he is doing in your service. In an individual worship setting, you want to clear both your mind and environment from distractions. If you whole heartedly, passionately, intentionally seek God, you will find him and he will speak to you.
Scripture is the disciple’s highest authority.