Summary: Are you simply a child of God, or are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Did you know it has nothing to do with how long you have been saved? Let’s look at Jesus’ words and see the profile of a disciple.
Becoming A Growing Disciple Of Christ
1. Let’s all read verse 8. What a powerful verse. Jesus is speaking to His men on his way to the garden of Gethsemane right before His crucifixion. He says, “…so shall ye be my disciples.”
2. Obviously, being a disciple of Christ is different than simply being a child of God (being saved). We know how we are saved – through simple faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work. But what is a disciple of Jesus Christ?
• Literally, it means “a learner; a pupil.” A disciple is a person of concrete action and commitment. Disciples make themselves available for training and devote themselves to a lifetime of learning and growth.
3. In John 15:8, Jesus said that the Father is glorified when you become a true disciple of Christ. In other words, there is no way we can glorify God until we become true disciples. There is no way to hear “well done” unless you have applied yourself by becoming a disciple.
4. Are you simply a child of God, or are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? Did you know it has nothing to do with how long you have been saved? Let’s look at Jesus’ words and see the profile of a disciple. Are you a disciple of Christ? Put yourself to the test!
Do I consistently abide in Christ? vs. 4, 7
1. “Abide” simply means “to stay in a given relation.” In other words, a disciple knows how to keep a right relationship with Christ and chooses to do so. Notice the word “if.” It is a conscious choice.
2. There are many who think they can just put it on autopilot once they get saved. Christian growth is supernatural, not automatic. We make the choice daily: “Will I follow Christ today? Will His Spirit guide me? Will His teaching instruct me?”
• The disciple has chosen to be rightly related to Christ through His Word. This is why a disciple has a commitment to Scripture. vs. 7
• It demonstrates itself in the disciple’s working knowledge of Scripture.
• The disciple knows how to study the Word. 2 Timothy 2:15
3. Most believers listen to a sermon and it ends there. They must be spoon-fed. Disciples are self-feeding. They know how to find specific food, digest it, and then apply it to their lives. They know how to study and feed themselves from the Bible.
4. The disciple knows how to fight for and defend the Bible.
• He is equipped for battle. He knows how to filter through the philosophies of the world and determine what God’s Word says on current-day issues.
• A disciple understands what he believes well enough to spot counterfeit teaching, and is able to answer basic questions like, “How do we know the Bible is reliable? Why does God allow suffering and evil to continue? How can you know that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven? How do I rightly divide the Bible and determine what is true doctrine for the church today?”