The Mustard Seed
Becoming a Disciple of Jesus
We normally sign the words disciple and apostle with similar signs which mean "follower." That is unfortunate, because both disciple and apostle mean much more than just "follower." A disciple is a devoted student of someone. An apostle is a person who is sent to do something specific for the sender. Jesus Christ sends us, His followers, His disciples, to do something specific for Him. What? If you survey Christians with that question, you may get answers like these:
Disciples of Jesus seek His leading in their daily lives. That means we must constantly be
Many Christians incorrectly assume that being filled with the Holy Spirit is just a one-time emotional experience. The Bible teaches that God's purpose in filling us with His Holy Spirit is not to supercharge our emotions, but transform our character, our attitudes, and our actions. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom, insight, faith, and maturity. And the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit's filling is not a one-time "Zap!" but a continual, daily refilling, as we spend time in God's Word and apply insights from His Word to our prayers and our daily decisions.
The Bible says:
If any of you need wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. (James 1:5)
Be very careful how you live... Live like people who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity. The days are evil. So don’t be foolish. Instead, understand what the Lord wants. Don’t fill yourself up with wine. Getting drunk will lead to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:15-18 NIRV)
Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what He wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NIRV)
Even though you are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:13 NIRV)
(Also see our Campus ministry series on Divine Guidance.)
(...to be continued...)
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You are invited to Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf in Silver Spring
a couple blocks south of the Metro Red Line Forest Glen Station
Sunday Worship: 9:30AM
in Ely 118.
Drop in and introduce yourself!!
Pastor Ron Friedrich