In the first two chapters, John was kind and gracious with his readers. Then, however, John got down to brass tacks.
Time for a pop quiz. What is a disciple?
- Someone who has completed a 10-week Bible study course
- A Christian leader
- A knowledgeable Christian
- A zealous Christian
- A Christian who listens to spiritual CDs
Answer? None of the above. Surprised? Don’t be! Never has a word been so overused yet so misunderstood. Although the topic of discipleship has been overworked, it is an under-applied concept. We all have probably heard a lot about discipleship. But if the truth were known, most of us still are not discipling others or being discipled ourselves. Most of us are still spectators when it comes to ministry. That is not only unwise and unhealthy, it is unbiblical. Let’s focus our attention on what the Lord said in His Great Commission in Matthew 28:16–20. Let’s learn what it means to live as a true disciple.
Because John had “seen it all,” this old gentleman was able to offer some elementary rules all of us would be wise to hear and obey.
The Apostle John hoped to revive his younger readers to return to an authentic, contagious walk with Christ.
Circumstances are ever changing, like the comings and goings of the tide. But a Christ-centred life is rock solid—it's the only way to live.
Jesus poured His life into 12 men, teaching, coaching, warning, and mentoring. And when He ascended into heaven, these disciples were not abandoned! The Spirit of God took over and became the fuel they desperately needed.
Let’s focus our attention on what the Lord said in His Great Commission in Matthew 28:16–20 and learn what it means to live as a true disciple.
Evangelism and discipleship were never designed to be ministries limited to “the pros.” Many of us grow up believing that serving God is for somebody else. Let’s take some time to examine the truth.
The person of character is one who knows the truth and applies it to the circumstances life brings. How can we make the truth “stick”? God's Word makes it clear.