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DISCIPLESHIP VERSES

Has DELIBERATELY CHOSEN

Romans 6:17,18 – "But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness."

John 8:31,32 – To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Matthew 6:33 – "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

II Corinthians 5:15 – "And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again."

THE COST

Luke 14:25-33 – "Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 'If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters---yes, even his own life---he cannot be my disciples.  And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.  'Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?  For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'  Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king.  Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot by my disciple."

          The love of money:

Matthew 6:19,20,24,33 – "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves bread in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart is also…..But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

          Pride:

Matthew 5:3 – "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Matthew 18:3,4 – "And he said: 'I Tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

          Human Security:

Luke 9:57-62 – "As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, 'I will follow you wherever you go.' Jesus replied, 'Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.'  He said to another man, 'Follow me.'  But the man replied, 'Lord, first let me go and bury my father.'  Jesus said to him, 'Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.'  Still another said, 'I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.'  Jesus replied, 'No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.'"

          Wasted time:

Ephesians 5:15,16 – "Be very careful, then, how you live---not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."

          Self-reliance:

John 15:5 – "I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

          A life free from persecution:

John 15:18-23 – If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.  Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.'  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin.  Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.  He who hates me hates my Father as well."

Matthew 5:10-12 – "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is you reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

          Self:

Mark 8:34 – "Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it."

          Everything:

Luke 14:33 – "In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple."

Romans 12:1 – "Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God---this is your spiritual act of worship."

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A DISCIPLE
           
          Faithful:

II Timothy 2:2 – "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable [faithful] men who will also be qualified to teach others."

          Available:

Matthew 4:18-22 – "As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen.  'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.'  At once they left their nets and followed him.  Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.  They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.  Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."

          Teachable:

Matthew 5:6 – "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled."

John 6:68,69 – "Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."

I Peter 2:2 – "Like newborn babes, crave pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow up in your salvation,"

Proverbs 9:10 – "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Proverbs 12:1, 15 – "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid…..The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice."

THE END RESULTS

          Growth from milk to meat:

I Corinthians 3:1-3 – "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly---mere infants in Christ.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.  Indeed, you are still worldly.  For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?  Are you not acting like mere men?"

Hebrews 5:11-14 – "We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.  In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."

Ephesians 4:14 – "Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming."

          Growth in godliness:

II Peter 1:3-8 – "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love."  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

II Peter 3:18 – "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

          Love:

John 13:34,35 – "A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 15:17 – "This is my command: Love each other."

          The Great Commission being fulfilled:

Matthew 28:16-20"Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  Whey they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"

          People who are reproducing their lives in others:

II Timothy 2:2 – "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable [faithful] men who will also be qualified to teach others."

John 15:16 – "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit---fruit that will last….."

Matthew 10:39 - "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."