A disciple is a person who listens to, learns from, and follows a teacher. Disciples of Christ have been born again to a new life, and are undergoing a transformation to become more like Christ. Becoming a spiritually mature disciple is a process of moving from self-worship to self-denial.
As Christians, our heart, soul, and mind are transformed to be more like Christ. Our strength is used to serve the Lord and serve others. Our lives are different from what we were before trusting Christ, and we are different from the world. What we do will change, what we think about will change, what we enjoy will change.
Read John 15:7-17 Jesus calls the disciples His friends. They abide in Christ and His words abide in them. They bear much fruit and glorify the Father. They continue in His love. Their joy is full. They love one another. They do what the Lord commands. They go and bring forth fruit that remains.
Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment.
Disciples have a change of heart.
The disciple's relationships towards others are different. Their capability for ministry is increased; they use their gifts to show love by serving others. They love others as Christ loved us. They are committed to evangelism and developing more disciples. Disciples deny themselves; they use their time, talents, and resources to help others.
Matthew 9:36-38 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Luke 9:23-24 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Disciples have a change of soul.
The disciple's inner character and outward habits are different. Their lives overflow with joy and peace. They exhibit spiritual growth, evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit. They walk with God, and demonstrate loving relationships with others. They are willing to deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow the Lord. They consider Christ before self, family, or possessions.
Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Philippians 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Disciples have a change of mind.
The disciple's knowledge and wisdom are different. Their thoughts focus on God's greatness, and His goodness towards them. They are committed to Christ's teachings. Their Bible knowledge increases, resulting in a Biblical worldview. The Word of Christ dwells in them richly, leaving no room for thoughts or attitudes contrary to the love of Christ. They exhibit wisdom and discernment, leading to a firm theology based on the Scriptures.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
2nd Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Disciples have a change of strength.
The disciple's actions and activities are different. Disciples stay busy serving the Lord and serving His bride, the church! They actively seek ways to apply their abilities and knowledge and build the kingdom. They obey the command to "go" and make other disciples.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1st Peter 1:5
And beside this, giving all diligence,
add to your faith virture;
and to virture, knowledge;
and to knowledge, temperance;
and to temperance, patience;
and to patience, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness, charity.
Our prayer is that we would edify, encourage, and equip those who visit.
1st Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Revelation 4:8b Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.