The past few years, we have seen some amazing fruit in the lives of many Christians who have called this church home and yet been hamstrung by a lack of focus as they struggled living out God’s mission to be disciples of Jesus making disciples of Jesus effectively. In 2008, we began a journey of discovery with God praying that God would help us sharpen the focus and live in greater effectiveness in this role to God’s glory. God was indeed good to lead us to a place where we realized
that we had no clear target or definition of what we were inviting people to in their experience as a disciple of Jesus Christ. God gave us these 5 keys which have moved us beyond the philosophical to real focus and sharpened effectiveness in our role as disciples of Jesus Christ. We have since taught and shared these 5 keys all over the world and translated them into scores of different languages for our brothers and sisters who have found these to be the tipping point in their understanding of living our God’s call with excellence.
I am sharing these today for any and all who are impassioned about learning how to really answer God’s call as a disciple of Jesus Christ in maturity and fruition.
The 5 Keys of Discipleship
1 – Cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus.
Having a personal relationship with Jesus means a disciple
sees and knows Him as a living friend not just a historical
figure. The relationship is personal not institutional and it
is motivated by how the disciple can give glory to God in
all aspects of their life. By practicing the Spiritual Disciplines,
one will come to know Jesus as both Lord and Savior.
2 – Investing in a small-group for support and accountability.
Being held accountable in a small group gives others the right
to speak into your life as you progress in putting off the
old self. The 12 Disciples comprised the first Small Group
because Jesus knew that becoming an Intentional Authentic
Christian could not be accomplished in isolation.
3 – Serving others through acts of love and compassion to build God’s Kingdom
Serving others through acts of love and compassion is
reflected through our Spiritual Gifts as we seek to glorify
God. A disciple will answer the call to act for those in need.
Jesus came to serve and as a disciple, we are compelled
to follow His example as we build the kingdom. For some
it may be carpentry shown through building a Habitat
for Humanity house, teaching a Bible study, serving on
a mission team or praying for babies in the nursery.
4 – Living a life of intentional stewardship
Demonstrating a life of Stewardship means a disciple readily
acknowledges that God created the universe and owns it
all. Because God owns everything, we acknowledge that we
are simply stewards of the gifts of time, talent, resources, and
relationships. God gives us enough time to do everything He
wants us to do, the talent to serve the Church, the resources
to support ministries and to nurture relationships with grace.
5 – Sharing the Good News and reproducing disciples of Jesus.
Sharing the Gospel, modeling a Christ-centered life, and
nurturing other disciples is our fundamental calling from
Christ. We are called to share our own personal faith journey,
for the purpose of bringing others to Christ. We live our
lives reflecting authenticity and transparency to reflect His
Lordship. We invest our life in the lives of others to help engage,
equip and encourage disciples for Christ. The cycle of Christian
life is perpetuated when a disciple’s life is committed
to reproducing more Kingdom builders.
engage, equip and encourage disciples for Christ. The
cycle of Christian life is perpetuated when a disciple’s life
is committed to reproducing more Kingdom builders.
Easier said than done but you now have a real target that is Biblical, behavioral and Wesleyan.
Give ’em heaven!