What makes someone a disciple of Christ?

Being a disciple of Christ is what every Christian strives for.  In fact some of Jesus last recorded words in the Bible were that we should not only be disciples, but that we should make disciples.  Yet I think that even after 2,000 years we struggle with clarity at times to put Jesus’ words into practice.  I think this has more to do with how we answer certain question.  Questions like, what is a disciple, and how do I know if I am one?  What does that look like?

There are so many different ways that Christians try and answer that question.  I have found that while churches fill mission statements with professions that they are all about making disciples, what most churches and Christians really mean is that they intend to make converts.  Conversion is not a bad thing and it should be a part of making disciples, both have their place  but the two should not be confused.  It is clear from scripture that discipleship is what happens after conversion.  In other words the finish line is not converting a lost soul, that really is the starting point.  It is what happens after that which makes someone a disciple or not.

So what happens afterwards?  What are the key markers of being a disciple?  How do we know if our church really is about discipleship or not?  These are all important questions and ones that we will look at in this sermon.

In this sermon

We are going to take a look at three things that mark the life of a disciple.  We are also going to differentiate between a disciple and a convert.  We’ll also look at how we should reprioritize maturing others in their faith and learning to be like Christ.

Scripture References

Matthew 28:18-20Hebrews 5:12-14Proverbs 27:17, 2 Timothy 2:2

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