August 1, 2021
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant,
you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples,
for all the earth is mine.” Exodus 19:5 (ESV)
“To be human is to be a disciple. God didn’t present Adam and Eve with a choice between discipleship and independence, but between following him and following Satan. We are all disciples; the only question is, of whom?” [Mark Dever: Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus]
When you die what image will others have of you?
A disciple is more than a person who has internalized a certain body of information or is practicing a set of spiritual disciplines, including sharing the gospel.
The goal of discipleship is nothing less than the of the believer’s heart, mind, affections, will, relationships, and purpose.
Five Factors of Discipleship
Factor 1: the historical, “has appeared” Titus 2:11
Factor 2: the educational, “training us” Titus 2:12
1 John 2:16
How should we live?
- In relation to ourselves: Self-controlled
- In relation to others: Righteously
- Regarding our highest relationship:
Factor 3: the prophetic, “looking for’’ Titus 2:13
Factor 4: the sacrificial, “who gave himself” Titus 2:14
Christians today are God’s (own possession) “ people” in this world.