Sunday, August 11, 2019
So you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, now what? In Matthew 11:29, Jesus said that you are to “Take” His “yoke upon you and learn from” Him. The word learn is another way of saying, be a disciple. A disciple is someone who has made a wholehearted commitment to learn from and follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The biblical definition for disciple is “to learn, to understand.” A learner is a pupil who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct. How are disciples made and who makes them? First, every believer has the responsibility to submit to God to be taught. Secondly, every pastor has the responsibility to disciple each new convert. If you attend Sunday worship or a weekly Bible study at church, your pastor is discipling you in the faith. We see disciples being discipled in Acts 2:42, where it says believers “_were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” In Isaiah 50:4, Christ submitted to the Father to be discipled, “The Lord God has given Me (Christ) the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.” A disciple must commit to being taught sound doctrine and they must work at studying the Scriptures for themselves. In Acts 17:11, after Paul had finished teaching, the believers, “_received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things (Paul’s preaching) were so.” Individuals who have been taught are also called to make disciples.” Being a disciple takes work and commitment. Are you living as a disciple?