Tonight at Iola Missionary Baptist Church, I will teach on the four stages or elements of discipleship. Remember our definition of discipleship – growing up in Jesus and helping others to do the same.
But in this post, let me lean into the truth that “discipleship is an intentional process.” Discipleship is something that I must purpose to do in my life – I must structure and carry my life in such a way that it truly draws me closer to Jesus and contributes to my spiritual transformation. And I must certainly be disciplined in my own growth if I ever expect to help others grow as well.
Read the following verses – “Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand these things” (2 Timothy 2:3-7).
The metaphors or word pictures that Paul uses are: A soldier; An athlete; and A farmer.
Feel free to respond to this question – Which of these metaphors best describes your practice of following Jesus? Why?
Love you guys!
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