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What Is Discipleship?

While every disciple is a believer, not every believer is necessarily a disciple. Many may think that the term disciple refers only to the early followers of Christ. We know that they were a praying, worshipping, loving, giving, and evangelizing group of men and women who refused to keep the truth . . . Read more ›
If you are a true disciple, your Christian walk will be challenging and exciting, and you will have a sense of purpose and direction. But if your Christian experience can be described as dull, unfulfilling, and even boring at times, you need to seriously examine the statements Jesus made concerning . . . Read more ›
In Luke 14:25–35, Jesus laid out the tests and requirements of discipleship. Jesus saw a large crowd gathering. He knew that these people believed and accepted His message in principle. Prior to this point, Jesus had shown how the message of the gospel was for everyone. He had exposed the Pharisees . . . Read more ›
Jesus begins with some very strong words: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). Jesus was not advocating that in order to be disciples, we must actually . . . Read more ›
Jesus wants to test our hearts. He wants to be sure that we love Him more than anyone or anything else. Abraham of the Old Testament seemed to struggle with this. God gave him a son, Isaac, in his old age. The boy was precious to Abraham’s life, the joy of his heart. This young man was a . . . Read more ›
If ever there comes a time when the call of the highest earthly love and the cross of Christ are in conflict, the call of Christ must prevail. According to Jesus, a disciple is someone who loves God more than anyone else—even family and friends. Read more ›
“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:27). “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) The greatest barrier to discovering all that God has for us is . . . Read more ›
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33). To forsake means to surrender your claim to; to say goodbye to. Until I recognize that everything I have belongs to Jesus Christ, I am not His disciple. Consider Jesus’ encounter with . . . Read more ›
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it” (Luke 14:28). Jesus underlines the importance of counting the cost of discipleship. Many people make impulse purchases without even considering the cost, or . . . Read more ›
I must pay the price for the sins that I may now cherish. As a disciple of Christ, I cannot cling to a single sin and pretend that I am following Him. In the place of those sins, I can enjoy walking in fellowship and friendship with God, living a holy and happy life. I must pay the price of this . . . Read more ›
Yes, there is a cost to discipleship, but what we gain in the place of the things we give up is infinitely better. The disciple is the one to whom God reveals more as that individual drinks in His every Word, marking the inflection of His voice with the desire to obey. The disciple is the one who . . . Read more ›
You love God, and you want to follow Him. Now you have to choose: To live for yourself or to deny yourself. To ignore the cross or to take it up. To seek to save your life and ultimately lose it, or to lose (or invest) your life and ultimately find it. To gain the world or to forsake the world. To . . . Read more ›