Attributes of Discipleship
INTRODUCTION: Research now allows us to begin with the end in mind. Lots of books written about how to ''make disciples,'' survey says! Let's hear about 5 attributes:
One study broke down church members into 4 categories:
1. Exploring Christ (passive and active)
2. Growing in Christ
3. Close to Christ
Found that the most influential personal spiritual practice for every segment and across all of these movements is ''reflection on the Scriptures.'' The second most influential practice in spiritual growth is significantly far behind. To those considered ''close to Christ'' and ''Christ-centered,'' it is twice as catalytic as any other factor on the list.
Maturing believers are more likely to exercise their faith by trusting God even in difficult circumstances
I. BIBLE ENGAGEMENT/REFLECTION ON THE SCRIPTURES.
1 Peter 2:2, ''as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby''
James 1:18, ''Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.''
1 Peter 1:22-25, '''Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because 'All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.' Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.''
Psalms 19:7, ''The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple''
Psalms 19:11, ''Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.''
Psalms 119:92, ''Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then hav ...
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