Discipleship

As a church family, we believe effective ministry derives from people that are disciples as opposed to members. At the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus recruited disciples by simply saying, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”. This year we have adopted “Discipleship” as the theme for 2018. Here at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Inc., we encourage every person to become disciple conscious and mission driven for Christ. Please review and study the attached comprehensive biblical teaching of discipleship developed by our Pastor, Rev. Dr. David L. Stallion Sr. We are confident this study will put you on the path to both understanding and living out the life of a disciple.

Called Disciples

 

 

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Matthew 4:18-22 NKJV

Note:

What is the common occurrence in both of these encounters? What is the message we should receive from this passage?

See: Isaiah 6:8   

Thought to Consider:

The brothers were fishermen by trade and Jesus calls them into the same profession with a different agenda. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Perhaps one way to recognize the call of God is when the divine inspiration to serve, lines up with the gifts, talents, skills or character of the person that’s being summoned.

 

  • Pharaoh:
    • Exodus 5:2, 9:16 
  • David:
    • 1 Samuel 16:1, 18:7
    • Acts 13:22
    • Psalm 51:1-13
  • Job:
    • Job 1:8, 13:15, 14:14,
  • Noah:
    • Genesis 6:8, 13-14, 22

Has God called you into an area of familiarity with a different agenda? Have you answered the called? What does David’s experience teach us about Jesus in whom we follow? See: Hebrews 4:12-16, How does this impact your decision to be a disciple?

 

 

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Matthew 4:18-22 NKJV

 

Converted Disciples

 

7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Acts 6:7 NKJV

Note:

Here we can see the increase of disciples is attributed to the spread of God’s word. At the beginning of this chapter, the writer explains how the number of disciples had increased, presenting an opportunity to develop a group of servants to ensure all needs of every person were met including the Grecian widows. Notice this was written as a continuation or result of what was occurring in Acts 5:42. Notice also the explanation of the apostles when commanding the people to choose the seven servants to help with the daily administration. See: Acts 6:2-4

What is it about God’s word that’s so important and necessary to continue spreading abroad?  See: John 3:16, Romans 1:16, 10:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 21, Acts 2:41, Hebrews 4:12: In summary, we can conclude, the word of God converts those that hear and respond to the word into disciples. Is it possible this is what Jesus meant when He said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”? John 12:32, See Also verse 33:  Is it possible Jesus made this statement pointing towards the future of what would be the preaching of the cross after His death, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven? See Acts 2:22-24, 36-38, Acts 4:10

Many of us can witness to our conversion happening as a result of the word of God being preached or taught. As a converted disciple of Jesus, what do you believe He has charged you to do to convert others? Matthew 28:19-20   What is the goal? John 10:16   What is your commitment to accomplishing this goal?

 

7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Acts 6:7 NKJV

Note: Here we can see the increase of disciples is attributed to the spread of God’s word. At the beginning of this chapter, the writer explains how the number of disciples had increased, presenting an opportunity to develop a group of servants to ensure all needs of every person were met including the Grecian widows. Notice this was written as a continuation or result of what was occurring in Acts 5:42. Notice also the explanation of the apostles when commanding the people to choose the seven servants to help with the daily administration. See: Acts 6:2-4

What is it about God’s word that’s so important and necessary to continue spreading abroad?  See: John 3:16, Romans 1:16, 10:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:18, 21, Acts 2:41, Hebrews 4:12: In summary, we can conclude, the word of God converts those that hear and respond to the word into disciples. Is it possible this is what Jesus meant when He said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”? John 12:32, See Also verse 33:  Is it possible Jesus made this statement pointing towards the future of what would be the preaching of the cross after His death, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven? See Acts 2:22-24, 36-38, Acts 4:10

Many of us can witness to our conversion happening as a result of the word of God being preached or taught. As a converted disciple of Jesus, what do you believe He has charged you to do to convert others? Matthew 28:19-20   What is the goal? John 10:16   What is your commitment to accomplishing this goal?

Coached Disciples

 

1And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

Matthew 5:1 NKJV

 

Note:

Here we can see immediately after the disciples were called, the next step towards discipleship was to be taught. What does this say to us that desire to be a disciple of Jesus? What is the importance of being taught? Matthew 24:5, 11,       2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 4:14, 1 Peter 3:15, 1 Timothy 3:14-15, Titus 1:7-11

Note: The writing of Matthew 5 shows Jesus’ curriculum which focused on Christian behavior and character in the form of what we call the B-Attitudes. It is here where he lectured on “the poor in spirit, they that mourn, the meek, they which hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, they that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake and those that are reviled, persecuted and spoken evil against for His sake” to name a few. This teaching would serve as the catalyst to prepare them for their new journey of discipleship. What are you doing to prepare for the journey?

 

Conscious Disciples

18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.

Matthew 8:18-22 NKJV

 

Note:

These two events show the radical commitment Jesus demands of disciples. Those who identify with Jesus will be “sojourners and exiles” in the world (1 Pet. 2:11). Honoring one’s parents by providing a proper burial was a strict obligation in Jewish society, but Jesus demands a greater allegiance to Himself.    Reformation Study Bible   Note: This is a tough message to receive; however Christ is adamant about the dedication of one that chooses to follow Him. See: Luke 14:25-33   Have you counted the cost and considered what’s expected of those that choose to be a disciple of Jesus?  See Matthew 5:10-12, John 15:20, 2 Corinthians 4:8-10

 

 

Confident Disciples:

 

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 2But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Matthew 8:23-27 NKJV

 

Note

Here we can see a few things that are significant to our lesson outline “Confident Disciples”. First, the disciples did what defines the role of a disciple which is to follow Jesus. They followed Jesus; however as a result, they ended up in a storm that posed a threat to their lives. This brings about the second point, which is following Jesus may not always mean smooth sailing. John 15:16-21: 

The next thing we see is the reaction of His disciples. According to Matthew, Jesus was onboard asleep and His disciples out of what appears to be desperation, awoke Him and said “Save us, we are perishing”. This brings about a third point which is, rough sailing is no indicator of Jesus not being present on your ship. See: John 16:33:  Also consider His promise in Matthew 18:20 and the writer of Hebrews’ quote of His promise in Hebrews 13:5.  What does this mean to you? Another point to consider in this situation is the disciples knew who they needed in their time of rough sailing. Who do you call when trouble has interrupted your smooth sailing? See: Philippians 4:6&7

The next thing we see is Jesus’ response: “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?”  Here we can see yet another point and that is, disciples of Jesus are expected to have great faith. Why would this be the case?  See: Hebrews 11:6:  Also see the desire of Jesus for Simon called Peter in Luke 22:31-32. With this we can see how faith is not only needed in times of sifting, but also for purposes of surviving and to be a help for others that may go through the same.

The final thing we see is the action of Jesus is that He arose, rebuked the winds and sea, and Matthew says there was a great calm. This final point is storms that causes rough seas are under the authority of Jesus. When he speaks, all creation obeys. Look at how the disciples responded: “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”  See: Psalm 24:1-2, John 1:3: Are you a confident disciple?

 

Comissioned Disciples

 

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

Matthew 28:16-20 NKJV

Note 

This is Matthew’s written documentary of the risen Savior who had commanded His disciples to meet Him in Galilee. Here we can see two different responses upon their greeting: “they worshiped Him; but some doubted”. The bible doesn’t reveal who the “some” were that doubted; however it is conceivable to conclude, either they were those that had not witnessed the vision on the mountain of the victorious savior recorded in Matthew 17:1-9, or they could have been others outside of the eleven remaining chosen disciples of Jesus. Jesus was used to all types of dispositions concerning Him, even the ones that spoke in contradiction of their hearts concerning Him. See: Matthew 7:21-23, 15:8-10: See also: John 7:1-5: Whatever the case, no disciple can be commissioned to go in the name of Jesus if they have doubt about His existence.

This takes us to Jesus’ declaration of authority in heaven and earth. See verse 18

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Note: Jesus’ declaration could have been His way of appealing to the doubters with an assurance of the power (authority) that was given to Him. After all, even when He was the Savior in the flesh, He knew what people were thinking without expressing it in words. John 6:61: The same goes for the conditions of those He encountered. John 5:6:  The other thought is, this declaration was for the assurance of all His disciples. This would certainly give relevance to verse 20.

Let’s continue:

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Note: The commission or “Great Commission as we refer to it was a command to “Go and make disciples of all the nations”. Those that become disciples are to be baptized in or “into” the triune name. Ephesians 4:1-6:  Are you ready to go?