Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ten conditions of being a disciple

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to hear Rodrick Gilbert, a church planting leader in North India. The movement has grown rapidly to over 220,000 new believers since 1992 in 20,000 churches. A church is defined as a cell of about 10 to 20 baptised believers.

Rodrick identifies ten conditions for disciples. Note the word “if” in the following statements of Jesus.

  1. Cross-bearing

  2. Matt 16 v 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
  1. Self-denial

  2. Matt 16 v 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
  1. Supreme love for Christ

  2. We are to love our families but always put love for Christ before that.
    Luke 14 v 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.
  1. Forsaking all

  2. Luke 14 v 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
  1. No turning back

  2. Luke 9 v 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
  1. Being steadfast in the Word

  2. John 8 v 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples
  1. Loving one another

  2. John 13 v 35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
  1. Fruitfulness

  2. John 15 v 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
  1. Dead bury their dead

  2. Luke 9 v 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
  1. Follow Christ with no material expectations

  2. Luke 9 v 57-58 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

See also

A movement of rapid growth