From Salvation to Discipleship – Part III
Read John 6:60-69.
This is the third and last part of this series of messages on Salvation and Discipleship. It is my deepest desire that you will be able to benefit from reflecting on this series. Christianity has emphasised for a long time the salvation aspect of the Christian life, but sadly they have neglected the importance of discipleship. Thus, it points to the idea of "going to church", not the biblical truth that "we are the church". As we read and meditate this last message, let us be confident that the Holy Spirit is here to help us to understand and make sense of what we are reading and studying.
Salvation involves repentance and faith as a response to the message of the cross (1 Cor. 1:18; 15:1-4). Discipleship involves bearing one’s cross daily (Luke 9:53).
God’s salvation is fulfilled (Col. 2:10; 1 Cor. 1:30). Discipleship is a continuing process (Phil. 3:12-13).
To be saved a person must believe and trust in the all-sufficient Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Acts 16:31).To be a true disciple a person must follow Jesus lifestyle. It is not easy, but God’s grace is sufficient.
Discipleship (and all that it involves) is not a requirement for salvation, but it is the natural result and obligation of every saved person. The terms of salvation must not be blurred; the importance of discipleship must not be minimised.
Everyone is saved only by faith and faith alone, and every Christian is a follower of Jesus, “My sheep hear my voice... and they follow Me” (John 10:27). In this sense, we are a disciple (follower of Christ), and yet some sheep follow the Shepherd more closely than others.
Salvation relates primarily to justification and redemption. Discipleship relates primarily to sanctification and spiritual maturity. Salvation puts a person into a right relationship with Christ the Teacher. Discipleship is an ongoing relationship and interaction between Teacher and student (a lifelong process).
Jesus calls to follow Him. This is why first He saves us. Now, as we follow Jesus, we are called to be His witness and share His teaching with others. I know it is not easy to do in the world that we live in right now. However, it is our purpose and calling, as His followers. To help you to be a witness in a friendly way, Christ Church has started the 40 Days of Love (more information here --- https://www.40daysoflove.net/). Take time to pray for God to bring you back to your first love, and pray for Exmouth. You will find resources on the table back on the church.
A simple way to be a witness, if you have Facebook, is to just ‘like it’ on the Christ Church Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/christchurchexmouth/). Then, click LIKE on the messages and photos being posted regularly by our church and, finally, share them on facebook. This is a simple way to reach out to others.
Finally, I have created a blog where I post the weekly messages, thoughts, etc., if you think it is a good idea, you could invite your friends and family to visit the blog and read what it is there. The blog link is https://joseprossello.blogspot.com/
Together, we can reach the heavens, and change Exmouth.
Bishop Josep Rossello, CCE Minister