Summary: This sermon looks at four aspects of discipleship. I. The PURPOSE of Discipleship II. The PROBLEM of Discipleship III. The POWER of Discipleship IV. The PARTNERSHIP of Discipleship (First sermon in this series)
The Importance Of Discipline In Discipleship
You hardly hear the word today. We just don’t like to use it. It has vacated almost every aspect of our living. We have almost abolished it from our vocabulary. Perhaps it is still used in some circles – such as sports – especially went it comes to Olympians. But in most of our culture it has all but disappeared. The word I am referring to is: “Discipline”.
The word “discipline” is used throughout the Bible though. Thirty six times it is used in the New American Standard version of the Bible. Many of the Proverbs speak of discipline. Verses such as:
“My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 (NASV)
Proverbs chapter twelve says:
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1 (NASV)
And Proverbs chapter thirteen says:
“Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.” Proverbs 13:18 (NASV)
In the New Testament Paul instructs Timothy to, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” 1st Timothy 4:7 (NASV)
This is our focal verse for this series. We are going to be looking at: “Disciplines Of Discipleship – Living A Godly Life”. We as followers of Jesus Christ must realize that discipline for the purpose of godliness should be our way of life. Today we are looking at the Importance Of Discipline In Discipleship.
Donald S. Whitney in his book, “Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life” has said:
“Discipline without direction is drudgery.”
He gives an example of a six year old boy named Kevin sitting one afternoon at guitar lessons. Outside are the other boys laughing and running – playing baseball – having fun. For Kevin the guitar lessons are drudgery. Then all of a sudden an angel comes and transports Kevin to Carnegie Hall where a guitar virtuoso is giving a concert. Kevin is amazed how the musician is able to play the guitar with fluidity and grace. Kevin gets excited and is enthralled by the concert. Then the angel tells him – “Kevin that musician is you – years from now.” Kevin says – “Wow!” and the next thing you know he is sitting back at his guitar lesson. The other boys are still outside playing baseball – but something has changed. Kevin now has a vision. He now has a direction. He now has a goal.
Proverbs chapter twenty nine and verse eighteen says:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
Many Christians don’t catch the vision of discipleship. Many don’t understand the importance of discipline in discipleship – they view discipleship as drudgery. But the Bible gives a clear vision as to the importance and purpose of discipleship.
I. The PURPOSE of Discipleship
Look with me at Romans chapter eight and verse twenty nine:
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28 (NASV)