This series of Bible lessons explains the nature of being a disciple of Christ. It goes back to the foundations. Jesus Christ commissioned his disciples, the apostles, to begin the work of preaching the gospel at Jerusalem, widening out to all Judea, Samaria and eventually all the earth.
Carefully go through the lessons to learn what is expected of a disciple, how the early congregations were organised, their doctrine and practices. Notice that ALL within each congregation had the responsibility of organising and contributing to its affairs. There is only ONE leader, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Popes and priests have no place in the work of salvation.
Being a disciple means that we are to exhibit God in our personal life, in our families, in the congregation and in the world. We need to learn to be discerning (Hebrews 5:14), choosing “not to love the world or the things of the world” but “do the will of God” that we might abide for ever (1 John 2:15-17).
- Discipleship – We must learn the Master’s teaching and grow to be like Jesus himself.
- The Call of the Disciple – The good news of salvation has attracted many with its divine invitation.
- The Disciple Responds – We must become engaged in the process of salvation that God is working in us.
- The Doctrine of the Disciples – The teaching of Jesus and his apostles defines our faith and binds us to fellow believers.
- Organisation of Believers – We must learn to live as a community with Christ as our head.
- The Disciple and Personal Conduct – We are called to a moral way of life, being holy in all that we do.
- The Disciple in the House of God – We must meet and encourage each other to grow in united faith and worship.
- The Disciple and the World – Our values and attitudes must be distinctly different from the human culture of society.