Discipleship is a Necessity

Necessity? Yes, discipleship is a must for true believers. I heard a great Bible teacher give this definition of discipleship; wanting to know God as He is. That is a profound statement. Many people have preconcieved ideas of who God is and what He cares about. The one place we can go to find out who God is and what He cares about is His own word in which He reveals Himself to us. The Holy Bible tells us everything God wants to tell us about Himself. A true believer is one who wants to know the God he/she is surrendered to. If God is my dearest Father I want to know what that means. The more I learn about my dearest Father the more I want to resemble Him. Only in His kingdom will I see Him in all His splendor, but while I wait I will practice the disciplines in scripture and become the disciple He can use. Is discipleship a necessity for you?

Real Christians

Many people claim to be Christian. We know the real Jesus Christ challenges people. Real Christians accept the challenges. First the challenge to believe. Many fail in this challenge and never completely trust Christ in all matters pertaining to life and godliness. Second the challenge of continuing well. The preceding challenge will determine how we respond to the second challenge. Unless we accept the first challenge and believe by faith in Jesus Christ we will not only fail in the end we are completely incapable of continuing. How can one continue in something he/she never really began?

Continue with Christ in the Good Times! 

  • The man who asked what he must do to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven refused to accept the challenge to sell all his possessions. Do we realize where all good things come from? Do we realize who provides all good things? Only those who know the provider of all good things and maker of all good times can continue with Christ in the good times. (Luke 18:21-23)

Continue with Christ in the Bad Times!

  • Paul suffered stoning (Acts 14)
  • Daniel suffered attempted murder (Daniel)
  • Joseph suffered in various ways (Genesis = begin in chapter 37)
  • Job (Job)

How do we Handle the bad times? Do we leave our so called faith, the church and our christian friends when bad times come. That is not continuing well!

Continue with Christ in the Last Times 1Corinthians 15:20-23)

  • We will all face death.

Many give up when they face death. For those who have trusted in the real Christ  through faith hold an understanding of the promise our risen Lord gave us concerning His return for us. Those who know Christ from a fantasy understandably fear when life comes to the end. If  they had only begun with Christ they would have finished well!

Paul returned to place where he was stoned. He encouraged the disciples to continue in the faith. As Christians we must continue well in good times, bad times and even the last times.

Real Christians trusting the Real Christ living real Christian Lives!