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Year One – The Concept of Discipleship

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Discipleship is not a new idea or concept in the Church though, sadly, it has become very unpopular, unfashionable, and unappealing today. It is certainly not without any significance that the word “disciples” appears in the New Testament 269 times and the word “believers” or “believer” only 4 times (Acts 5:14, 1 Tim. 4:12, 6:2, 2 Cor. 6:15).

This surely indicates that the purpose, calling and mission of the Church is not making “believers” of the people, but rather making them “disciples” of Christ. It also shows that there is a world of difference between being a believer and a disciple of Christ.

The Great Commission of the Church is primarily to make disciples for Christ of all the nations. After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He commanded:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matt. 28:19-20 NKJV).

This is the primary calling, purpose and mission of the Church in the world. Unfortunately, the Church’s emphasis, goal or pursuit today is far from making disciples for Christ of all the nations.

Sadly, the Church today is primarily concerned about making “believers”, “converts”, “church members”, and “church workers or ministers” of the nations. What an aberration or deviation from the Church’s main calling and mission! What an utter disregard for Jesus’ command! Any wonder the Church today has failed as the “Light of the world” and as the “Salt of the earth”?

Under this Module we shall examine the following topics:

  1. The Definition & Nature of Discipleship
  2. The Attributes of a Disciple of Christ
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Course Content

The Definition & Nature of Discipleship

  • Introduction
  • What Discipleship is Not – Part A
  • What Discipleship is Not – Part B
  • What Discipleship is Not – Part C
  • What Discipleship is Not – Part D
  • What Discipleship is – Part A
  • What Discipleship is – Part B
  • What Discipleship is – Part C
  • What Discipleship is – Part D

The Attributes of a Disciple of Christ

Assessment Questions for Study One
1. If you are born again, please share your salvation experience and what gave you assurances that you are now a new creation in Christ? 2. Have you ever been in a discipleship relationship since you were born again? If your answer is “No”, please state why? But if your answer is “Yes”, please share your past experiences, challenges, and gains in your discipleship relationship. 3. Based on your learning so far in this study, can you identify, itemize, or describe some things that you have mistakenly considered to be “Discipleship” in the past? Why did you regard them as Discipleship in the past and why not anymore? 4. Judging by your learning so far in this study and in the light of the new truths you are receiving, can you describe yourself as “a disciple of Christ?” If yes, what are the things you see in your life that would make you boldly call yourself a disciple of Christ? If your answer is “No”, what are your reasons for concluding that you are not a disciple of Christ and what is your decision now? 5. As you go through this study, what are the things you can identify as major hindrances or challenges to your abiding or continuing in the Word of Christ? Also, in what areas of your life could you say you are struggling with bending towards or accepting God’s will? Do you know why? NB: It is very compulsory for you to answer all the above assessments questions and submit your responses, so that you can make continue to make progress in this course. If you have any question or further explanation, please don't hesitate to contact the Coordinator. You can e-mail or use our messages facility in this site to send your questions.

Personal Reflections for Module One
1. One of the primary evidences of being yoked together with Christ in a Master-Disciple relationship is that you will find rest for your soul (Matt. 11:28-30). Can you say your soul is at rest? If not, it simply means that you have not yielded your neck completely under the yoke of Christ to learn from Him and walk in His footsteps. Don’t seek to find excuses for your troubled, worried, anxious or restless soul. Identify the areas of your life where you have not submitted unreservedly to the Lordship of Jesus Christ? Begin to consciously and prayerfully yield those areas to Christ and resolve not to lead yourself anymore in those areas or aspects of your life, but to let Christ leads you. This is the pathway to finding true and lasting rest for your soul. 2. As you have learned in this Study that a disciple of Christ is the believer who is abiding in the teaching or Word of Christ. You need to sit down and carefully examine your life. Is there any the teaching or word of Christ that you are still struggling to accept, adopt, obey or practice? You have no just or plausible reason for disregarding any part of the teaching of Christ. Therefore, write down those words or teachings of Christ that you are not yet obeying and practicing. Also, write down your reasons or excuses for disregarding or disobeying the teachings of Christ. Then, take all these to God in prayer, acknowledging your disobedience, repenting of them and receiving by faith the forgiveness that Christ has purchased for you with His precious blood. Give up all your excuses for disregarding and disobeying any word of Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to help and strengthen you to obey every word or teaching of Christ fully regardless of the outcomes. 3. A disciple of Christ bears fruit to His Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. Make a comprehensive list of the resources or graces that Christ has given you for the purpose of bearing good fruit to Him. Can you say you have been bearing good fruit to the praise, glory and honour of Jesus Christ with those resources or graces? If not, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes of understanding to see the causes of your spiritual barrenness. Make sure you write down everything the Holy Spirit points out as the causes why you are not bearing much good fruit to your Master. Also, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to properly deal with the causes of your spiritual barrenness and to help and strengthen you to begin to bear much good fruit to Christ everyday of your life.