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Characteristics of disciples

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The content of discipleship is most clearly seen in the Christian’s relationship to Jesus Christ. But this also affects a person’s relationship to God the Father, the cross, the church and the world.

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Disciples and their relationship to Jesus Christ

Coming to Christ and following him

Matthew 4:19 NKJV
Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
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Receiving him

Revelation 3:20 NKJV
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
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Learning from him

Matthew 11:29 NKJV
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
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Lovingly obeying him

John 14:15 NKJV
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.

Trusting him

John 14:1 NKJV
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

Confessing him

Matthew 10:38 NKJV
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
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Imitating him


Reflecting him

Matthew 5:16 NKJV
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Abiding in him

John 15:4 NKJV
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
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Disciples and their relationship to God the Father

True sons and daughters of God

Matthew 5:44–45 NKJV
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Discipleship and glorifying God

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Disciples and their relationship to the cross


Matthew 16:24 NKJV
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Disciples and their relationship to the church

Treating other Christians as family

Mark 3:34–35 NKJV
And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
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Disciples and their relationship to the world

They are to be active in the world but are to be distinct from it

Matthew 5:13 NKJV
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
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They are to make other disciples

Matthew 28:19 NKJV
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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