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Year 2 and 3 – Principles of Discipleship

Categories: Discipleship Training
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A true disciple is a disciplined follower of Christ. The conduct, behaviour, action, or lifestyle of a true disciple of Christ is governed by certain principles which he will not violate notwithstanding the situation he finds himself or the threat to his life. This is why it is often not difficult to predict the choice, decision, or course of action of a true disciple of Christ in a given situation or circumstance.

In spite of the constant threat, harassment, beating, imprisonment, tribulation or persecution suffered and experienced by the early Disciples of Christ, they were unflinching or unintimidated. They remained steadfast and unwavering in their Christ-centred teaching and lifestyle.

The Scripture bears witness that: “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42 NKJV).

When the early Disciples of Christ were severely threatened and commanded by the Jewish council in Jerusalem not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, their immediate response was:

“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20 NKJV).

“We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29 RSV).

Not even pressures and challenges from within the Church as a result of rapid growth could make the early Disciples of Christ swerve in principles. They insisted, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4 NKJV).

The early disciples were relentlessly or unflinchingly devoted to the ministry of the Word, to prayer, to obeying the Holy Spirit, to fellowshipping with the brethren, and to witnessing or soul-winning notwithstanding their constantly changing circumstances and experiences.

This is what is expected of you today as a disciple of Christ.

In this study, we shall carefully consider five (5) basic principles that must characterize or govern your attitude, conduct, or lifestyle as a true disciple of Christ. These are:

  1. The Word of God
  2. Prayer
  3. The Holy Spirit
  4. Fellowship
  5. Witnessing

This study will be divided into five (5) sections based on these five basic principles of discipleship highlighted above.

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Course Content

The Word of God

  • Introduction

A. The Divine Nature of the Word of God

B. The Divine Power of the Word of God

C. The Divine Place of the Word of God in the Life of a Disciple
1. The Word of God is the Disciple’s Spiritual Standard: 2. The Word of God is the Disciple’s Spiritual Light: 3. The Word of God is the Disciple’s Spiritual Mirror: 4. The Word of God is the Disciple’s Spiritual Food: 5. The Word of God is the Disciple’s Spiritual Sword: 6. The Word of God is the Disciple’s Spiritual Map: 7. The Word of God is the Disciple’s Spiritual Water:

D. The Divine Keys to Understanding the Word of God.