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Discipleship Message #3: What is a Disciple?

(Note: This sermon series was preached at the beginning of the new church plant, Harvest Baptist Church.)

In the last two weeks we've taken time to define both our purpose and our mission. What we've seen applies to us as individuals and to us as a church.

  • Purpose: God has created us and placed us here to glorify Himself and so that we may enjoy Him forever.
  • Mission: (John 17.4) In order to fulfill our purpose, we need to finish the work God gave us to do.

This refers to our mission, which is to be and make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. This work (our mission) is what we commonly refer to as "discipleship.” And this is why we started Harvest Baptist Church: To fulfill the mission of being and making disciples. That means we are committed to both evangelism (salvation) and edification (sanctification).

  • Through evangelism a disciple is made, in the sense of "created" (we are saved).
  • Through edification a disciple is made, in the sense of "molded" (we are sanctified).

Discipleship (evangelism and edification) is the work God expects us to do on this earth in order to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. And this is why, in the first sermon series, we are studying what the Bible says about discipleship. We need to know what discipleship is, who is responsible for it, how we should do it, where it happens, when it happens (because some say it's not for our dispensation), and why we intend to pour so much effort and resources into it. If we don't understand discipleship, we don't understand our mission and we will never fulfill our purpose here on earth.

So, what does the Bible say about discipleship? Where do we start in order to understand discipleship? If discipleship refers to being and making disciples, then a good place to start would be with the term "disciple." What is a disciple? What does the Bible say about disciples? That's our question that we intend to answer in this message.

The question (what is a disciple?) can be answered easily enough:

A disciple is a Christian, a saved believer.

That answer, though, needs some further explanation...

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