Last week I started my second term of seminary, and one of the courses I’m taking is called Discipleship Ministries. Over the next month, I’d love to share some of what I’m studying in my blog. Together we can examine all things discipleship. ie. What does it mean to be a disciple? What are the Biblical requirements? The cost? How do I start discipling others? How important is discipleship? If you have any questions or comments along the way, don’t hesitate to ask or engage.
To begin, here are two essential qualities of a disciple of Jesus:
1.) LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD
If we do not continue in the Word, then we are wide open to deception, discouragement, and defeat. You cannot be a disciple without an aggressive commitment to consume and obey the Scriptures. As we drink in the Word of God, it has the power to transform our minds, and when our minds are transformed, then we can experience the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom 12:2).
2.) LOVE FOR OTHERS
John 13:35 says, “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Ultimately, if we do not love others, then we don’t truly know God. Francis Schaeffer observed that our love for one another should be so strong that it would unite believers in such a way that the world would believe that Jesus was sent by God. I pray that we as a Church can embody this kind of supernatural love and be committed to it in every way. Love for others includes first having God as our greatest love and in turn, purely loving our neighbor, the lost, the poor, the marginalized, and our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we love like this, there is no argument that can stand against this force. I think the way we love is often a great indicator of the condition of our faith. What is your love level like right now?