Devotion day 17
…continuing notes on “Discipleship” *
Paul recognized that each believer is unique and needs individual attention.
Acts 20:31 “Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”
Biblical truth is an essential component of Biblical discipleship. A Christian cannot be spiritually mature without Biblical understanding, but a Christian may have much Biblical knowledge and yet not be spiritually mature.
1 Corinthians 8:1, 2 “Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. If anyone thinks that he knows anything, he has not yet known what he out to know.”
Ephesians 4:11-16 “…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children…”
Colossians 1:28, 29 “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete (mature) in Christ. For this purpose, also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”
There are inherent problems with the commonly held belief that “presenting Biblical knowledge” equates to discipleship, and that the other components are “optional.” If the other components are not given proper importance in the nurturing process, the Christian being mentored will typically have a difficult time growing to a reproductive spiritual maturity.
*This devotion taken from notes taught in Discipleship by Design – Pastor Sam Abbott
Added: Recommended reading on New Testament discipleship.
▪ The Great Omission by Dallas Willard
▪ The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
▪ Re-read the past devotionals on discipleship, Day 16 & 15. Be a New Testament disciple and a discipler!