Christ in Discipleship

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Christ In Discipleship

DSMN 500: Discipleship Ministries

March 27, 2014

The definition of a disciple is “One who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another, as one of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ 's followers according to the Gospel accounts.” Discipleship means nothing without Christ being the central focus. It is crucial that Christ be the central focal point for all Christian discipleship. There are many ways to disciple someone, but there is only one means of discipleship. Hull states in his book, The Disciple Making Pastor, “Disciple making takes more faith than any other task of the church.” Not only does it take
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For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” There are four steps that are involved in the stage of declaration. Curious, convicted, convinced, and converted are the steps that have to take place according to Dempsey and Earley. When God begins to deal with a person’s heart, Jesus will be a curiosity to them. This is where they might visit a church or Bible study group. Then as they become more curious, God’s convicting power starts to stir their hearts and convict him or her of the sin in their life. It is at this point that one of two things will happen. The person will either ignore God’s call and the conviction of their hearts, or they will be convinced God is real and alive and that He wants to forgive them. Once the sinner is convinced, it should not be much longer before they take the final step of conversion. Conversion is where the person surrenders to the drawing and calling of the Holy Spirit and asks for forgiveness of their sins. Once repentance and conversion take place, the first stage of discipleship is completed.
The second stage is when development and spiritual growth take place. 2 Peter 3:18 (KJV) “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
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