Discipleship
Find True Identity Discipleship
 
 
WHAT IS IT? 
 
 
 
HERE'S THE COMMAND:
Meanwhile, the eleven disciples heard the wonderful news
from the women and left for Galilee, 
to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. 
The moment they saw Him, they worshiped Him,
but some still had lingering doubts.
 
Then Jesus came close to them and said, 
All authority... has been given to me. 
Now wherever you go, MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 
And teach them to faithfully follow all that I have commanded you.
 
And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.
Matthew 28:16-20 (the Passion)
 
 
 NHE has designed its Find True Identity Discipleship around the answer to this passion—
 
 
What is true discipleship?
 
What does it mean to make disciples? 
 
 
HERE'S THE DISCIPLINE

The 20th century Church divided Matthew 28:19-20 into two Christian disciplines: evangelism and discipleship. And there’s nothing wrong with this distinction. However, Jesus’ commission (i.e., His instruction) is a single command—wherever you go make disciples.

Yes, this command is multifaceted: the leading of others to Jesus, the celebration of coming to Jesus  in baptism, and the follow-up of teaching. Discipleship is all about salvation. The saving of God's people—justification, sanctification, and glorification. It's the journey of learning how to get saved and live    saved. The biblical language of making disciples always begins with introducing others to Jesus and walking alongside in support—both for the unsaved and the saved. One command—wherever you go make disciples.

 

HERE'S THREE INCLUSIONS  

An Introduction—introducing an unbelieving world to Jesus as Lord and introducing Jesus to a believing world as Life. The same Gospel for sinners to get saved is also for saints. The Gospel of Jesus' death, burial, resurrection, and enthronement. Pastor Ron captures this real and true salvation in the following caption—a repentance that ignites the human heart with a Life of saving faith. So, others might get saved and learn to live saved. This Gospel begins with an introduction. 

An Immersion—baptism is twofold:

1) there's the physical baptism in water—a symbol of the new Life we receive the moment we repent and believe. A shout out of praise and worship... and—

2) a spiritual drowning into Jesus' Life, by those who repent and believe; encouraging their now tender and responsive hearts toward God and His Word

An Instruction—teaching those, who repent and believe, to respond to God’s Word in the obedience of continual repentance and belief… by helping the saved:
 
EMBRACE Jesus, not only as our:
Sovereign Lord… but also as—
Forgiving Lamb... and—
Saving Life
 
ENSUE Jesus’ as our:
Rescuing Liberator
All-wise Leader… and—
Light-Source of Grace & Truth... so, we might—
 
ENJOY Jesus’ as the:
Perfect Lover of our Souls
 
…again and again and again—embracing, ensuing, and enjoying Jesus… forever!  
(Psalm 16:11).

 

TO THAT END...

NHE's Find True Identity Discipleship offers the opportunity to surrender to God's call to repent and believe (Mark 1:15), with a repentance that leads to a Life of saving faith in Jesus Christ (Act 11:18). In other words, we get saved to live saved. We are set free to learn how to live free. To that end, as God's children, we dive deeply into His Word. Into His Gospel. For in and through the Gospel—Jesus—changes how we think, choose, and feel about God and others, about ourselves and our struggles. When repentance ignites our hearts with a Life of saving faith, we embark upon an exciting adventure—a journey of spiritual growth and wellbeing. Learning to live from Jesus’ Life within. 

 

SO, WHAT IS TRUE DISCIPLESHIP? 

It's making disciples... by using God’s Word to:
 
SHOW   —   EXPOSE —   CORRECT   &   TRAIN
Connecting to Jesus, the living and written Word, as our one and only Source for right living.
(consider 1 Timothy 3:15-17 from the Message)
 
As you explore these pages, I hope you find deeper answers to that most important question. What is true discipleship?
 
ARE YOU A TRUE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST?