From salvation to discipleship - Part I
I am going to do something different over the next three weeks... I am going to write about three messages related to God's salvation and being a disciple of Christ.
Read John 8:30-36
Salvation is free and “without price” (Rom. 6:23; Isa. 55:1). However, salvation is certainly not cheap (1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 Cor. 6:20); Discipleship is costly and the cost must be counted (Luke 14:25-33).
Salvation takes place in an instant of time (Acts 2:47). Discipleship is a life-long process (John 8:31; Matthew 28:19-20).
Salvation is believing on Christ (Acts 16:30-31). Discipleship is following Christ (Matt. 4:18-22) and learning from Him (Matt. 11:29).
Salvation is coming to Christ and finding rest from the burden of sin (Matthew 11:28). Discipleship is taking Christ’s yoke and learning from Him (Matthew 11:29).
Salvation involves Christ loving me (Rom. 5:8; Gal. 2:20; John 3:16). Discipleship involves me loving Christ (Matthew 10:37).
Salvation becomes a reality when a person believes the gospel (Rom. 1:16; 6:17). A true disciple is one who continues in Christ’s Word (John 8:31).
To be saved a person must fall before the feet of Christ crucified and claim the mercy of God (Luke 18:13). To be a disciple a person must sit at the feet of Christ and hear His Word with a meek and teachable heart (Luke 10:39).
A saved person is a believer (1 John 5:1). A disciple is a learner [the word “disciple” means “a learner, student, pupil, follower”].
A saved person confesses Christ (Rom. 10:9-10). A disciple denies himself (Luke 9:23).
A saved person possesses Christ (1 John 5:12). A true disciple forsakes possessions (Luke 14:33).
Being saved involves trusting (Eph.1:13). Being a disciple involves training (Matt. 28:19-20).
Salvation involves receiving God’s gift (John 1:12; Eph. 2:8-9). Discipleship involves receiving God’s instruction (Acts 2:42).
Salvation involves one’s standing in Christ (one’s perfect position in Him). Discipleship involves one’s state (one’s actual practice or condition).
It is interesting that Jesus called us to be His disciples, and we are saved to become followers of Jesus Christ. Come, and follow Jesus.
Every blessing for a wonderful week ahead
Bishop Josep Rossello, CCE Minister