Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Discipleship in the Church-age.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

JOH 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

GAL 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Unique to the Church is the RFOG, the body of Christ that is united one to another and held together by the doctrine that the joint (PT) supplies and in union with the Head, which is TLJC.

A disciple is selfless while a carnal believer is selfish.

The Royal Family honor code centers around two words - integrity and truth.

Once the vital issue of salvation is settled, we move on to the plan of God after salvation, the lifestyle of the Church-age believer, which is the Royal Family honor code.

You must not be coerced by false authority and be able to learn doctrine, to grow in grace and knowledge without outside interferences.

The disciple of the Lord fully depends on the Lord and not his own resources.

Through the consistent inculcation of BD the believer has realized that God is all power and the flesh is dead.

The disciple of our Lord (PVTD) never makes an issue out of self but is occupied with the Lord.

2 power options: Metabolized Bible doctrine and the filling of the Holy Spirit.

These functioning power options enable the believer to draw nearer and nearer to God until he experiences a personal and intimate relationship with God in which no person or circumstance can invade.

PVTD under the F/HS manufactures disciples who are walking epistles.

Disciples then look to their left and right and discover a Royal Family that is in need of their good.

We learn patience, for example, not just by perceiving the doctrine but also by observing another person displaying that quality in the conflict of everyday living.

PHI 4:9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.

JOH 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you (knuckleheads, with different strokes for different folks) have love for one another.”

ROM 7:24-25
Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

The love from God enables the believer to love God and to love all with impersonal unconditional love.
This makes a disciple.

Disciple - mathetes = a learner, a pupil or a disciple, a disciplined student of their teacher.

MAT 28:19-20 - includes the great commission to go into all the world and inserted in the great commission are the words “make disciples.”
This was said after the death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord.

It all started with Him; He did it and then He said in His great commission to His followers, then, and to this day, even now, “You do what I have done.”

Discipleship is a meaningful relationship between a person who is qualified and willing to be a mentor and one who desires to grow stronger in character and deeper in the Christian walk.

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia -
“A disciple of Christ today may be described as one who believes His doctrines, rests upon His sacrifice, imbibes His spirit, and imitates His example.”

Discipleship is a meaningful relationship between a person who is qualified and willing to be a mentor and one who desires to grow stronger in character and deeper in the Christian walk.

It simply means that you are a walking epistle and an ambassador of Christ and are willing to serve and be available to certain individuals who desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2CO 3:2-3 You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.

“The whole night” - dianuktereuo - used in the ancient world by medical writers to describe all night vigils, as they would care for the well being of their parents.

In training for the ministry many individuals simply go to a school that is teaching the Bible.

So few are really discipled or given hands-on experience as to what it really means to deal with people and a ministry.

Jesus saw it as a necessary internship, as a time of being with His men and then sending them forth.

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