Discipleship ~ Living What We Believe

Discipleship ~ Living What We Believe

 

We must KNOW what we believe in order to LIVE what we believe. Biblical knowledge and doctrine alone will NOT be enough. We must take bible knowledge and doctrine, as well as a relational discipleship within our church family to create a transformational life-change.

 

Making disciples is all about developing true followers of Jesus Christ while understanding that the person and work of the Holy Spirit himself is intimately and undeniable involved in this life long process. It is the Holy Spirit that helps us to become more like Jesus.

 

Over the next several months, we are going to be looking at discipleship, with the understanding that we as disciples are to go forth and make more disciples for Christ. We need to know that the Great Commission can be fulfilled.

 

Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) ~ And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

During this study we are going to look at the following topics:

  • A Believing People
  • A Saved People
  • A Sanctified People
  • A Spirit Baptized People
  • A Healed People
  • An Expectant People

 

You will notice that many of the items are tied to the last over a year worth of sermons and Bible studies that we have done. We are not REPEATING but REENFORCING!!!

 

A BELIEVING PEOPLE

 

Declaration of Faith

 

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
    • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) ~ All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
      • The words “is given by inspiration of God” means “breathed by God”.
      • The skills, knowledge, and personal styles of the individual human authors are the vehicles used by the Holy Spirit to produce an infallible record of God’s saving self-revelation in history, law, poetry, prophecy, and epistle, so that there is no error in either report or doctrine.
      • The clause “the Lord said” occurs 3,800 times in the Old Testament alone.
      • The Bible, 66 individuals books that was written by 40 different authors over 1,500 years of time, has such a unity that it can be regarded as one book. This unity shows up in many areas: the doctrine of God, the doctrine of salvation, the doctrine of man, the doctrine of eternal destiny, and the plan of the ages.
    • 2 Peter 1:21 (ESV) ~ For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
      • We should think about the Bible in both diving and human terms. The Holy Spirit inspired it by moving upon men to write it.
      • Have you been open to the work of God in your life? At all times? Or do you expect to encounter Him only at certain times that you set apart to focus on Him?

 

  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
    • 2 Corinthians 13:14 (ESV) ~ The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
    • Matthew 3:16-17 (ESV) ~ And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
    • Genesis 1:26 (ESV) ~ Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

 

  • That Jesus Christ is the ONLY begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
    • John 1:14 (ESV) ~ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
      • The word “flesh” used here is the same word that Paul used to describe man’s nature with all its weakness and tendency to sin. This is a staggering thought.
      • Jesus Christ is God – fully God, yet Jesus Christ is man – fully man.
    • Isaiah 7:14 (ESV) ~ Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
      • No man can take credit for what God has done!
      • He is not half God and half man. He is not sometimes God and sometimes man. He was fully God and fully man.
      • Isaiah said His name would be Immanuel, which means “God with us!”
    • Luke 4:18-19 (ESV) ~ “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
      • We are talking about discipleship and here is a prime example of Christ telling us that HE was here to disciple others.
      • He was to preach to the poor – not only poor in material possessions, but poor in spirit.
      • He was to preach deliverance to the captives – prisoners of the spiritual warfare we are facing.
      • He was to minister to the brokenhearted – those who were crushed by grief, shattered, opposed, cut off, blemished by sin, violated by sin, infected, diseased, weakened, subdued, injured, bankrupt.
      • He was to minister to the blind – those who were physically and spiritually blind.
      • He was to set at liberty those who were bruised. He was to set free those who were physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually bruised.
 
  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
    • Romans 3:10-12 (ESV) ~ As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
      • Salvation has both a divine dimension and a human dimension.
        • On the divine side, God sent His Son into the world to die on the cross for all humanity. Because of Jesus’ sacrificial life and death, God graciously forgives our sins.
        • On the human side, it is our sinfulness that ruined our relationship with God and created the need for salvation in the first place.
      • It is important that we understand the universal sinfulness of humanity. The first step in receiving salvation is the knowledge that we have offended God and that we are separated from God because of our sins.
    • 1 Timothy 1:15-16 (ESV) ~ The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
      • Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. This is a faithful saying or statement. It is a true message that can be trusted, and the glorious message is worthy of everyone accepting it. Not a single person should reject or ignore the message.
      • Christ Jesus has now saved the chief sinner – Paul who persecuted believers, trying to annihilate them off the earth, injuring believers, being brutal and violent against believers and enjoying it.
      • Christ Jesus saved Paul as a pattern of His great mercy. Very simply, if Paul could be saved, anyone can be saved.
    • Genesis 1:26-28 (ESV) ~ Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
      • Adam and Eve were our first human parents. They were created in the image of God. To be created in the image of God includes three interrelated components: (1) spiritual image, (2) administrative image, and (3) moral image.
        • The spiritual image means that Adam and Eve had a spiritual nature and an immortal soul. This gave them understanding, will, and liberty. Unfortunately, their liberty made them the serpent’s object of temptation. Adam and Eve were created with the liberty to obey or disobey God.
        • The administrative image means that we are not related simply to one another and to God, but that God has given us a relationship to creation. Adam and Eve were given dominion over every living thing on earth. This implies administrative relationship to all creation. In other words, take care of what God has given us.
        • The moral image is the capacity to embody the righteousness of God and the love of God. The apostle Paul refers to the “image” of God as being “righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 and Colossians 3:10). The moral image sets humans apart from the rest of creation. We are the ONLY creation who is able to KNOW God, WORSHIP God, and LOVE God.
    • Genesis 3:1-10 ~ Hiding our sin from God.
 
  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus.
    • Romans 5:8-10 (ESV) ~ But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
      • Let’s look at two aspects of salvation: justification and regeneration.
        • Justification ~ to show why someone is in the right. Without the grace and mercy of God we are not in the right, nor are we righteous – we are all condemned as sinners. Frees us from the guilt of sin.
        • Regeneration ~ to be reborn. Regeneration is God’s gift of eternal life to us who were spiritually dead. We have been imparted with a spiritual life, which enables us to love God and obey God. This regeneration also frees us from the power of sin.
        • Justification is something God does for us. Regeneration is something God does in us. Justification and Regeneration go together – it is impossible to have one without the other.
        •  In these might acts of salvation, God transforms sinners into saints. He restores the broken relationship between God and humanity. He restores in us the image of God that had been marred by sin. He rescues us from the kingdom of darkness and brings us into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13). He makes us His children, part of His family (John 1:12).
      • Romans 5:1 (ESV) ~ Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
        • Justification became an important word for Saul of Tarsus when, on the road to Damascus, he met Christ in a vision (Acts 9:1-22). When Paul met Jesus, everything changed.
          • Persecutor became a prophet
          • Murderer became a minister
          • Agitator became an apostle
        • Justification is more than a theory or a doctrine, it is more than a theological point for discussion.
          • To Abraham, justification means that God’s promises would be fulfilled and that God “justifies the ungodly by faith” (Romans 4:5) and Abraham “believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3).
          • To Zacchaeus, a man known by everyone to be a sinner, justification is of vital interest to him, because Jesus is “just and the justifier of the one who has faith” (Romans 3:26) and Zacchaeus hears Jesus say, “Today salvation has come to this house” (Luke 19:2-9).
          • To the thief on the cross, justification is a genuine concern, and because God there is a plea for forgiveness, justification means being snatched from the flames of hell that are licking at his feet. Because God justifies sinners, the thief hears Jesus say, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).
      • John 3:3 (ESV) ~ Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
      • 1 Peter 1:3 (ESV) ~ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
      • 1 Peter 1:23 (ESV) ~ since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
        • The Ethiopian in the book of Acts learns that to be born again, is to have a new origin and a new nature by the Word of God, to be recreated in the image of God, to have a fresh start with God and a fresh start in living by the Spirit of God.
        • To be born again is to experience the restoration of the image of God, to be guiltless as a newborn baby.
        • This new life is the life of God himself given to us in the body and blood of Jesus (John 6:53). The old life is not really life at all; it is death (John 5:24). To be born again is to have new life that is given and sustained by the Word of God, a life that can live victoriously over sin and the devil (1 John 3:9-10).
  • In Sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word and by the Holy Ghost. Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
    • 2 Corinthians 7:1 (ESV) ~ Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
      • Let’s take a look at two words:
        • Sanctify ~ to make holy, set apart, dedicate, purify
        • Sanctification ~ holiness, separation from profane things
      • When we apply these two words to our lives as SAVED, a change should start to take place in how we think of our lives as a Christian. Being saved is just the beginning. Yes, Jesus paid the debt for our sin, be He also has called us to be holy. We have been justified, because of what Jesus Christ accomplished.
      • God expects us to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit.
      • God expects us to perfect holiness in the fear of God. This is a continuous action.
      • This word “fear” means awe and reverence.
    • Romans 5:1-2 (ESV) ~ Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
      • Because of this justification, we have been given access into grace. There is MORE that God has done for us that salvation.
      • Scripture reveals to us that, not only have we been justified, but we have been and are being sanctified.
      • We can think of salvation as being true in a three-fold way.
        • Justification, we are saved from the penalty of sin
        • Sanctification, we are being saved from the plague of sin
        • Eternal life, we will be forever free from the presence of sin
      • Looking back at sanctification, we must realize that this is not just an optional addition to our salvation. Sanctification is not about following a list of rules, but it is about being delivered from the corruption of sin and delivered to a brand-new life of holiness.
      • This sanctification and justification bring about:
        • Peace with God
        • Access into the grace, favor and presence of God
        • Hope for the glory of God
        • Glory in trails and sufferings
        • Continuous experience of God’s love through the indwelling Spirit of God.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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