Welcome to the Discipleship Page.
In the Gospels our Savior reveals what it means to be His disciple. In spite of the clarity and force of His words; however, they are often ignored today. The demands of discipleship are tremendous. They are astronomical. Jesus doesn?t want some or most. He wants all. According to Jesus, anything less than all, than everything, is not worthy of Him and places one?s relationship with Him in question.
If you have placed repentant faith in Jesus Christ you are His disciple. You gave yourself to Him in order to be like Him and to please Him. As you read these four passages and their ramifications for daily life, do so prayerfully. Compare your present commitment to Jesus with what He says it ought to be. Dedicate yourself to truly and faithfully following the One who gave Himself for you.
Jesus? Disciples Renounce Ownership over Their Lives; they Are Dead to All But Jesus.
?Then Jesus told his disciples, ?If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.?? (Matthew 16:24)
· Since I am called to a life of self-denial and death, I will no longer see my time, abilities, money and possessions as mine. I will reckon all I have as God?s.
· Since I am called to a life of self-denial and death, I will budget my time and energy in such a way that I can significantly serve the Lord in His church and invest myself in those who are in bondage to sin.
· Since I am called to a life of self-denial and death, I will be careful not to waste my time on sinful or earthly things, or on things that have no eternal value.
· Since I am called to a life of self-denial and death, I will live within my means and not live extravagantly.
· Since I am called to a life of self-denial and death, I will give faithfully and sacrificially to the Lord?s work in our church and in mission works around the world.
· Since I am called to a life of self-denial and death, I will teach my children, by example and careful instruction, to give their lives wholly to the Lord.
· Since I am called to a life of self-denial and death, I recognize that my greatest joy on earth will be found in fulfilling that calling.
Join us next week for Pt.2 of our study: "Jesus' Disciples Loved Him"