A Doctrine of a Disciple

This will be updated as I progress through scripture looking at what Jesus said and did. Basically, it’s compiling a listing of Christian Disciple Doctrines – Christian – meaning Christ Follower. I changed this after listening to a message by Andy Stanley, “Christian: Overview”.

“Disciple” is an intimidating word because it’s concrete. It means a learner, pupil, apprentice, adherent, or follower. A disciple learns and grows by obeying and imitating his or her master. Discipleship isn’t as simple as going to church services or believing a set of facts or observing rituals or celebrating holidays or being born into the right family or behaving morally. Being a disciple is active. It requires effort…and sacrifice.

It’s all about what Jesus said and what He did.

Baptism

  • “Permit it just now; for this is the fitting way for us [a]to fulfill all righteousness.”  (AMP)
  • Performed by anyone God chooses.
  • Jesus was immersed in a river.

God’s Word

  • “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
        but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
  • Observe the Commandments.
  • Be obedient to God.
  • Revere God.
  • How we do this reveals what is really in our hearts.

Trust

  • “And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Luke 4:12
  • Do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord.
  • Trust God.
  • Even satan knows scripture.
  • Make sure scripture isn’t taken out of context.
  • But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights]” Matthew 4:38-42
  • Trust God to issue any retaliation, repayment, or retribution to those who bring evil against you.
  • Do not worry about your life,
  • Ask, seek, knock. Let God decided whether what you are asking for is a piece of bread or a snake. And trust that He will give you good gifts … IF you ask, seek, or knock.

Worship

  • “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]” Luke 4:8
  • Worship, sit at the master’s feet, anticipate His attention, fully focus on Him in our everyday life.
  • Fear God, be in awe of Him.
  • Serve Him only.
  • Cannot serve God and mammon

Preach

  • From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (NIV Matthew 4)
  • Preach repentance for forgiveness of sins – to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction)
  • Preach the Kingdom of Heaven/God is near or at hand. Heaven – the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity): – air, heaven ([-ly]), sky.

Speak Truth

  • “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” … 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’”24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers[a] in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” (Luke 4 NIV)
  • Today’s praise from someone may be tomorrows judgement.
  • We may be rejected by those closest to us.
  • Be careful how quickly we dismiss the truth spoken by those closest to us. We may miss out on a provision or healing.
  • We may not be called to minister in our own backyard.
  • Say what needs to be said, speak the truth, and walk away.
  • Not to those violent and abusive people who would growl and curse you; nor to those who would not perceive its value

Called

  • “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
  • Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
  • The called follow, they move, even while they have doubts.
  • Those He calls are not perfect and are still able to be used. He sees are heart.
  • Sometimes what we are asked to do doesn’t make sense and it can stretch us.

Sabbath

  • “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
  • In regards to actions on the Sabbath, Jesus said, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
  • Jesus’s custom was spending the Sabbath day in a synagogue teaching.
  • Jesus “healed every disease and sickness among the people” on the Sabbath.
  • Jesus rebuked demons and cast them out on the Sabbath.
  • Jesus visited people on the Sabbath.
  • The Sabbath was the seventh day after six days of labor.  The Jews believe the Sabbath starts on what we refer to as sun down Friday and ends at sun down Saturday.
  • It is a sign throughout generations that God sanctifies us and sets us apart.
  • It is a sign between God and the Israelites forever that He mad the heavens and the earth in six days and on the seventh He ceased and was refreshed.

Character

  • Poor in spirit: knowing we are sinners, relying on God for everything, yet knowing we deserve nothing
  • Mourner: once we recognize who we are, we mourn it, lament about it, ask for forgiveness for it
  • Emotionally Controlled: passions and affections evenly balanced, not always interested in one’s rights, gentleness of strength, courteous, patience in the reception of injuries
  • Righteous: hunger and thirst after the condition acceptable to God; persecuted for living in a way acceptable to God. Evil things said about us are false.
  • Merciful: so affected by the sufferings of others as to be disposed to alleviate them
  • Pure in heart: integrity, moral courage, and godly character on the inside, not just acting on the outside.
  • Peacemaker: seek to bring men into harmony with each other; bring peace where it is not; use influence to reconcile opposing parties
  • Salt:
    • Everyone needs to hear the gospel Jesus preached, and we need to preach it. Not a man-made version, but the version Jesus preached, clean, pure, natural … as instructed by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
    • We should not be “overly salty.” We should be moderate in our conversations, use of our gifts, admonishments, reproaches, etc. Moderate in our ways as a Christian.
    • We should be careful to consider the state of the person we are talking to so we don’t overwhelm them.
    • We should stand up for the things which are right to God and against things which are not.
    • We should be a part of helping to preserve, heal, and steady our brothers and sisters. Confrontation shouldn’t always be avoided. Sometimes during reproach and admonishment our words may sting, but in the end could bring healing.
  • Does not have to make promises. Does what they say they will. Doesn’t do what they say they won’t.
  • Refrain from retaliation. Have a conduct of patient endurance and self-control. Abstain from the enforcement of a right. Give what we do not feel is deserved.
  • Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven not in material things of the earth.
  • So if the light inside you is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness, in order that the conduct may be right, it is important to fix the affections on heaven
  • Do not judge, or you too will be judged
  • First get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother’s eye.

Witness

  • Light
    • Seen, not hidden. Given to all, not some. Shine through good deeds, works, and acts. Bring glory to God, not to ourselves.

Laws/Commandments

  • The Law (first five books of the Bible) and what the Prophets wrote were still in effect when until … So at the time He was speaking they were still in effect. An important thing to distinguish is what was passed down verbally and traditionally is not necessarily what was written as a direction from God. Also, as we move through Scripture, we will find more clarification of what the “until” meant. For now, we’ll just glean this, we won’t try to glean exactly what the laws are.
  • We have to have a righteousness more than what the scribes and Pharisees had.
  • Do not murder: It relates not only to the external act, but to the feelings and words. He specifies three forms of such violation: 1. Unjust anger. 2. Anger accompanied with an expression of contempt. 3. Anger, with an expression not only of contempt, but wickedness.
  • Do not lust: guard your heart, your passions, your desires. Look at each human being in a pure way, do not set your heart upon, desiring a woman/man who is not your spouse with a passion which would stem from a rush of feelings and wants whether in person, on paper, or screen.
  • So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Love

  • Love, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for, and pray for your enemies to show yourselves to be the children of your Father who is in heaven.

Giving

  • Do not show compassion or mercy toward someone so other’s can see and pat you on the back. Compassion shown this way will be reward by God.

Prayer

  • Don’t pray to draw attention to yourself.
  • Do it privately, not to be showy, and not to do it so other’s will give you accolades for praying.
  • Do not stammer, stutter, talk foolishly or tediously about something (prate), useless repetitions (vain), nor repeat the same things over and over.
  • We don’t need to tell God all the who, what, when, why, and how of a situation, He already knows, even before we ask.
  • Example prayer
    • Our Father – nourisher, protector, upholder
    • in heaven – in happiness, power, and eternity
    • hallowed be your name – is God’s name holy to you?
    • your kingdom come – there are three ways the original word is used in the Bible: used to denote royal power, kingship, dominion, or rule; as a kingdom, territory subject to the rule of a king; and as the reign of the Messiah.
    • your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
    • Give us today our daily bread – we really need is for God to be with us, present, in fellowship, commune, and relationship with us
    • And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. – See Forgiveness
    • And lead us not into temptation – Jesus at the Mount of Olives, tells the disciples to pray not to fall into temptation. Jesus also prayed to have the cup (trial, affliction) taken from him. 
    • but deliver us from the evil one – deliver us from anything outside Your will.

Forgiveness

Fasting

  • Do not look gloomy like the hypocrites
  • Put oil on your head [as you normally would to groom your hair] and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by people
  • Done in secret so the “Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Path

 

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