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Discipleship

Key Scripture (Colossians 1:28-29): 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

At Redemption Hill, our vision is to see people redeemed by the gospel, disciples growing in the gospel, churches planted for the gospel.

Disciple: One who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and committed to the mission of Jesus.

Discipleship: The process of helping people do this. The process of being changed from the inside out

A few ways that discipleship happens:

1 - As we read God’s Word, we learn about Jesus and how He lived. We begin to understand what it means to be like Jesus. We learn to put Him first in all things. (Mark 8:34-38)

2 - We become equipped to listen to the Holy Spirit, who lives within us. He helps us resist temptation and overcome trials. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

3 - We learn how to examine our thoughts, actions, and words—always comparing them with Scripture. We want to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only. (James 1:22)

4 - We begin to understand what it means to “abide in Christ.” As we abide, the Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These aren’t things we can conjure up on our own. They are produced by the Holy Spirit—a change from the inside out.(Galatians 5:22-23)

5 - We start loving other people through action. (John 13:35)

6 - We long to share our faith with others and tell others about the changes Jesus has made in our lives. (1 Peter 3:15)

Paul gives us a few truths about discipleship in Colossians 1:28-29

1- Discipleship is proclaiming Jesus.

Key Scripture (Colossians 1:28): Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

2- Discipleship is warning and teaching.

Key Scripture (Colossians 1:28): Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

The original word, noutheteo, describes "putting sense into someone’s head"; alerting them of the serious consequences of their actions. This does not mean being judgmental or critical in a superior manner but instead imparting a caring kind of warning against danger.

Key Scripture (Colossians 3:16):  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

3- Discipleship is growing in maturity.

Key Scripture (Colossians 1:28): Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

A disciple-grower must also never forget that the goal of discipling is to present every man mature in Christ (Col. 1:28). Disciple-growers are not out to change people; they are out to grow them. The gardener does not try by the force of his will to make peas into roses. He merely cultivates the ground in which peas are planted, freeing them to become what God meant them to be.

-Gordon MacDonald

Metaphorical pictures of forgiveness: God is said to have removed the believers’ sin as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12); cast their sins behind his back (Isaiah 38:17); Promised never to remember them (Isaiah 43:25); Hidden them from his sight behind a thick cloud (Isaiah 44:22); and cast them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).

4- Discipleship is hard work.

Key Scripture (Colossians 1:29): For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

5- Discipleship is empowered by The Spirit.

Key Scripture (Colossians 1:29): For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

The point is this: God does not will instead of our willing; he wills in and through our willing. God does not work instead of our working, but through our working. God does not energize instead of our having energy; he energizes our energy. Therefore it is unbiblical and irrational to say that because the grace of God produces an active trust in God, we don't need to exert an active trust in God.

-John Piper

“[God says] Discipleship is not limited to what you can comprehend - it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own comprehension, and I will help you to comprehend even as I do. Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. My comprehension transcends yours.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship