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Discover the Book - Oct. 17, 2009

  • 2009 Oct 17

Guarding Healthy Faith by Biblical Discipleship


We are living through days so much like those when the aged Paul sat to write his young disciple named Titus. His days like ours are increasingly filled with false teachings about God, and false doctrines.


For times just like those in which we live Paul writes, Christ's church is to be filled with…

Men Sound in "The" Faith


Our look at the 4th element of a grace-energized disciple of Christ as described in Titus 2—men who are sound in faith, could never be more timely.


Titus 2:1-2 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: 2 that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; NKJV


And how does Christ's church find men sound in the faith? They are nurtured, and personally discipled by older men, who are already sound in the faith.


God's discipleship program for men was laid down for Christ's church right from the earliest days. It was focused upon guarding healthy faith—in this crooked and perverse world. There is nothing more timely for us as we enter the end of days, because, as the end of the physical world approaches, so does earth's darkest spiritual hour.


Nothing can more clearly be seen as the marching orders for Christ's church than this discipleship flow.  Paul told Titus as he tells us today: each believer needs to be discipled into becoming a discipler. What is discipleship? As we turn to Colossians 1 we will find what may be the missing key to Biblical discipleship today. Paul explains that…


Discipleship is for All of our Life


As we read Paul's description of the goal of discipleship in Colossians 1:9-12 —let God speak to your heart. Be sure that all of your life is open to His working so that every part may please Him, bear fruit for Him, and produce good works for His glory.


Please look closely as v. 10.


"So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please [Him] in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and
increasing in theknowledge of God


Paul considered every area of life to be on the pathway to becoming pleasing to Christ. Discipleship produces a mature Christian disciple, who has been deeply touched by Christ in every aspect of his life. Mature disciples bear fruit and overflow with good works.


How do we know He has all of us?

1. When God is the center of our lives, we live to please Him. (1 Thess. 4:1)

2. When we please God, we want Him to influence each area of our lives. This is discipleship.


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