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The Way Of A Disciple

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Following In Jesus' Footsteps

Examination of the Gospel accounts shows Jesus as a Jewish rabbi modelling the kind of life and ministry he wanted his disciples to display after his ascension back to heaven.

•  THE PRIMARY CALL is to love God with all of us [DEUTERONOMY 6:4-5]
    to spend time with him and just be with him. [See WALKING WITH JESUS.]

•  IF I LOVE JESUS, I WILL BE WHERE HE IS and DO WHAT HE TELLS ME TO DO & SAY
    
Jesus constantly said he did only what the Father gave him to do and said only  what the Father
    gave him to say (JOHN 5:19-20, 30-31; 6:38; 7:16; 8:26-28; 12:49-50)

•  GOD'S THE BOSS  -   he tells us what to do; we don't give him orders.


•  WE NEED TO SPEND TIME IN GOD'S PRESENCE each day, listening to what he is saying in Bible
    reading, prayer and meditation (sometimes with fasting), talking to him and praising & worshipping
    him for his love and  faithfulness. [ WALKING WITH JESUS]

•  ALL MINISTRY FLOWS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MINISTRY TO US.
   
[See ABIDING IN CHRIST.]

•  ALL MINISTRY FLOWS FROM GOD'S HEART OF LOVE for a world suffering the effects of satan's
    domination and human rebellion.
That's why Jesus said the disciples' love would be demonstrated
    by their obedience to his command to love others. [JOHN 15:10-17]

•  THE SERVANT IS NOT ABOVE HIS MASTER, who humbled himself and made himself the servant of all,
    even being willing to die for us on a cross.
    Our attitude, Paul says, should be the same as Jesus' (PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11)
    [See THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP.]

•  JESUS WARNED US TO BE WISE AS SERPENTS (archetypically cunning) and AS HARMLESS AS DOVES
   
(symbols of peace & gentleness)         
    [See DISCERNMENT and HOW TO AVOID BEING DECEIVED.]

•  THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GUIDE US INTO ALL TRUTH & GIVE US THE POWER & AUTHORITY to do the
    works of Jesus
[JOHN 16:13-15; LUKE 24:44-49; ACTS 1:8].
    [See THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.]   

                                       


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