In the last post, Simple Discipleship, I tried to bring you up to speed on where we are at the moment. I also encouraged you to study several key verses and see what God was saying through them.
In the post, I have included the main points of my notes and the link for the live teaching I did at Living Water Church. I would like to invite you to comment with your observations and what God was saying to you while studying this teaching.
Before we get started with the discussion, here is the topic for next week:
Intimacy/Love of God
Scriptures for Study: John 15:1-17, 1 Cor 13:1-13, Eph 3:16-21, Deut 7:6-9
This is the first discussion in the Simple Discipleship Series.
Here is the Link: Being a Leader/Disciple
Here are my Notes: Simple Discipleship Week 1
Since I have included my full notes, I will try to make this more of a coherent summary.
As we study what a disciple and leader are from scripture, we need to understand the definition of each.
What is a Disciple? .
Are you a Disciple?
What is a Leader?
Who are you leading? What are you leading them to?
A leader is to be more of a father that walks with you through the day to day struggles of life than an instructor. Anyone can tell you what you should be doing, but a father will take you hand and work through the hard times with you to make sure you come out the other side.
1 Corinthians 4:15-16 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
It is the job of a father and leader to encourage, comfort, and challenge the people following them to walk more in line with God.
Every single one of us is created to be a good disciple and a good leader. How are you doing? You will be discipled by something and you will lead others into something. What are you being discipled by? Where are you leading others?
From the scriptures we studied, we can see a few characteristics of good disciples and leaders.
We must be do everything out of love!!! Jesus even loved Judas who he knew would betray him.
We must have Humility!!! Jesus took the lowest job and did it well even when no one else wanted to do it.
We must Serve others!!! We do not get to choose who we serve or how we serve them. We must humble ourselves and honor all those we are leading.
We must be the Example and Pioneer!!! Do as I do. Lead others by doing it first not just talking about it. God blesses us when we act, not just when we know or say the right things.
A Good Leader is a Good Follower!!! We must follow Jesus first and foremost and have a close personal relationship with Him. We must look like Him, smell like Him, walk like Him, and talk like Him so that we can lead others in the right way. And so they never go astray.
We must give God the Glory!!! Everything we do is through His power and authority so he gets the glory and honor that He rightfully deserves. We may get some honor and blessing for being obedient, but God gets the ultimate glory and honor for making it happen.
We are Influencers of Heaven!!! Our actions influence heaven when we are walking in line with Jesus. Heaven has influenced us and transformed us into sons and daughters. Because of this, we have the influence of heaven on this world.
We must be Selfless!!! We deny ourselves legitimate (and illegitimate) pleasures of this world so that we can be truly free and filled with the Presence of God!!!
We must know True Value!!! First, we have to know the true value that God has for us, and then we have to know the value He places on the souls of all mankind.
1 Timothy 4:8 godliness is profitable for all things
We must be Faithful and Steadfast!!! The only time for us to test our allegiance is right now. Will you stand for Jesus when no on else does?
We must Know God!!! This is the key to being a disciple and leader. Seek to know God in a deeper way!!!
We must Be Strong!!! When we know God, He makes us strong
We must be Adventurers!! When we know God in a deep way, we have what we need to do great things, and He can trust us to be obedient in doing great things.
We must be Lead Others into Knowing God More!!! Part of us knowing God is us sharing that knowledge and relationship with others. Part of us growing in God us teaching others what we are learning.
We must Understand our Authority!!! God has given all authority to Jesus, and Jesus has given it to us. Jesus’ authority is ours if we will only walk in it.
We must Go!!! God calls His followers to action and doing. What are you doing for Him right now?
We must be Disciple Makers!!! We are called to make disciples of nations. This comes by us raising up others who can reproduce the discipleship we have instilled within them.
We must be Carriers of Christ!!! Jesus goes with us, and His power, His Presence, and His authority works in us and through us.
We must be Lovers of Jesus!!! We must love Him first and foremost in all things, and this love should eclipse all other loves
We must be Willing to Sacrifice!!! We must lay down our junk and take up what God has for us. We must lay down our very lives.
We must be Finishers!!! Being a disciple and being a leader are not easy things, but we do not start what we cannot finish.
We must be Spicy and Full of Flavor!!! People recognized Jesus because of what He said and did and people should recognize us because we are just like Him.
What are we worth if we no longer look like Jesus???
What is a Disciple? A disciple is someone who leaves everything behind and follows Jesus out of a heart of love.
What is a Leader? A good leader is a disciple, who is leading people to do the same thing that He is daily doing.
Our position in the Kingdom is not made up of what we have, it is determined by what we are willing to give up out of love and obedience to our Father.
What does this study mean if we do not make it personal??? I want you to meditate on these question:
Who am I leading?
Who is leading me?
Who can I disciple?
Who do I want to be discipled by?
Is it worth it to you to be a disciple and leader?
Ask Holy Spirit to bring revelation to you how you can follow Him more closely. Anything that you need to confess and leave behind, do it now and never look back!!!
Remember that we are all walking through this together. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Well, once again I am back in Spain. I never imagined that so quickly after an extended trip that God would have us visiting the people and places in both Newcastle, England and Spain that we had left only 6 months ago. As we sat in St. Luke’s in Newcastle, God gave me a word that I did I not share there, but the next night in a time of worship with three friends that we had made there, I did.
In First Samuel 10, we find a story of Samuel and Saul. Within this story, we can find some valuable wisdom for the men and women of God that truly want to bring change to a person, people, or place. “Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?” (1 Samuel 10:1). Each one of the sons and daughters of God have been anointed as leaders over the inheritance of the Lord!!! What is the inheritance of he Lord, but souls, cities, nations, and ultimately the world!!!
So how can we as leaders of this inheritance bring true change to each of these 4 areas??? Several verses later, this is revealed! “After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you” (10:5-7). The first thing to note is that the mountain of God is in the center of where the enemy has set up camp. Often, God calls us to go to the hardest places. At these places where the enemy gathers his forces, God is wanting His change to come in a mighty way!!! The prophets were coming down from the mountain having been in the presence of God. As they came down, they carried the presence of God with them and this presence was what changed Saul into a different person.
We as sons and daughters of God are called to go up the mountain of God, many times in the very places where the enemy seems to have the greatest presence. However, these prophets did not let the enemy distract them from their main calling. It is our job to go up the mountain and not camp on top of the mountain. We are to go to the presence of God and be carriers of the presence to the people who have not gone up the mountain yet for whatever reason. They may not be able to go up or they may not know the true glory of the Lord. They may be discarded by the enemy. We as men and women of God are to go up the mountain, be filled to overflowing with the Presence of God and to host this presence with us as we go out to the people and places of the world. As we do this, great change cannot help but come about as His presence changes the people into new men and women.
In this passage, everything happened as Samuel said, Saul met the prophets, prophesied with them, was changed, and then guess what happened? “And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place” (1 Samuel 10:13). After being changed, Saul went up the mountain of God for himself to the high place. This is always our goal to carry the presence of God to the people and places around us so that they are changed, and then go to the mountain of God so they can be continually transformed themselves into carriers of His Presence!!!
My challenge to you today, is to intentionally make time to be in the presence of the Lord, whatever that may look like to you, and then carry that presence to the world around you. Do not leave the presence of the Lord at home, church, or the conference you just came from. Be a true carrier of His Presence into all the world. Allow God’s Presence to change you, and then carry that life-changing Presence with you to those who need it the most!!! In short, carry the Mountain of God with you so that the mountains of this world are easily moved by Him and His Presence, and the people and places you come into contact with are changed into carriers of His Life-Changing Presence as well!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!