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October 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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DISCIPLESHIP TOPICAL INDEX
If you're looking for a guide to start on the discipleship journey, here are some topics and verses we recommend you go over with someone who has been on this journey as a Christian for a little longer than you—like a mentor, a small group of Christian friends, or a pastor or leader. Meet and discuss the following topics in depth. Pray over the verses, study them, write down questions and discussion points, and come together to grow in these areas.
WHO IS A DISCIPLE?
What is a true disciple?
True discipleship is whole-life commitment.
What is discipleship all about?
Discipleship is all about following Jesus.
What is the cost of discipleship?
The cost of discipleship is surrendering your life to Jesus.
What is the goal of discipleship?
The goal is to know Christ and pass on what you’ve learned to others, to multiply.
WHAT DOES A DISCIPLE BELIEVE?
Jesus gives us new life.
2 Corinthians 5:17
God gives us a desire for Him.
God changes our way of thinking.
God’s Spirit in us opens our eyes to the truth.
2 Corinthians 3:16
God exist in three Persons.
1 Peter 1:1–2
Jesus is God in flesh.
The Holy Spirit
God's Spirit lives in us
1 Corinthians 3:16
We are the Body of Christ, the visible expression of Jesus to the world.
God's Word is true and can be trusted.
2 Timothy 3:16
We can talk with God.
1 John 5:14–15
The Bible shapes our perspectives in every area of life.
1 Corinthians 1:18
God calls us to His mission and empowers us for His purposes.
HOW DOES A DISCIPLE LIVE?
Filled with the Spirit
We’re filled with His Spirit, who equips, guides, and directs us.
A disciple is faithful to God and honors Him with his or her life.
1 Corinthians 12
A disciple shares life with the family of believers.
A disciple freely gives from a glad heart.
2 Corinthians 9:6–15
A disciple values others and their unique role in the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12–27
A disciple is open and transparent with other believers in order to live above reproach.
A disciple seeks to have unity with other believers.
A disciple seeks to live at peace with others.
A disciple has a passion for justice and a heart for people who are suffering.
A disciple is humble before God and others.
1 Peter 5:5–6, James 4:6
A disciple feels remorse for their sins and genuinely repents.
A disciple receives the wisdom of the Lord through the study of His Word and the leading of the Spirit.
WHAT DOES A DISCIPLE DO?
Love is the defining characteristic of a disciple because it was the defining characteristic of Jesus.
Colossians 3:14, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 John 4
A disciple’s obedience to God shows his or her devotion to Him.
1 John 2:5
A disciple trusts the Lord no matter what is going on around them.
A disciple is faithful with everything the Lord has given him or her.
1 Peter 4:10
1 Corinthians 4:1–7
A disciple freely shares with others what he or she has because of the generosity that flows from their heart.
A disciple puts others first and seeks to serve people.
A disciple understands that they will experience suffering in this world because of their faith.
A disciple endures and stays strong through the power of the Spirit.
A disciple is equipped by the power of God to stand strong in any circumstance.
A disciple lives with expectant hope based on the promises of God in His Word.
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18
A disciple is intentional about pouring into people and spending time helping others grow.
2 Timothy 2:2
A disciple makes disciples by passing on what they have learned and showing others how to follow Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:3
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.