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Nature of discipleship

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The state of following Jesus Christ, and serving and obeying him. The NT stresses the privileges, joys and cost of this calling.

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Discipleship involves learning

Learning from God

John 6:45 HCSB
It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me—
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Learning from Jesus Christ

Matthew 11:29 HCSB
All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.
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Learning from the Holy Spirit

John 14:26 HCSB
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit —the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
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Learning from other people

Philippians 4:9 HCSB
Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
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Learning to do what is good

Titus 3:14 HCSB
And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful.
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Jesus Christ calls people to be his disciples

Matthew 4:19 HCSB
“Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people!”
See also Jesus Christ calls James and John; ; Jesus Christ calls Matthew; ; Jesus Christ calls Philip;

The consequences of discipleship

Following Jesus Christ

Matthew 10:38 HCSB
And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
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Serving Jesus Christ

Colossians 3:24 HCSB
knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
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Obeying Jesus Christ

John 8:31 HCSB
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
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Responding immediately to Jesus Christ’s commands

Matthew 8:21–22 HCSB
“Lord,” another of His disciples said, “first let me go bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
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Living for Jesus Christ and not for oneself

2 Corinthians 5:15 HCSB
And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
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Loving others

John 13:12–17 HCSB
When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you. “I assure you: A slave is not greater than his master, and a messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
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Total commitment is required of Jesus Christ’s disciples

Matthew 10:37–39 HCSB
The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me will find it.
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The purpose of discipleship is to become Christlike

Ephesians 4:22–24 HCSB
You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.
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Examples of secret discipleship

John 3:1–2 HCSB
There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him.”
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