Discipleship and a Heathy Church

Topics: Jesus, Christianity, Christian terms Pages: 8 (2885 words) Published: October 29, 2014
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Discipleship and a Healthy Church

Submitted to Dr. Paul Jacobs
Of the requirements for the completion of the course
DSMN 500:
Discipleship Ministries

By

Ruby Hope
July 30, 2014

Table of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………1
The Gospel Proclaimed by Word and New Belivers are being Baptised……………..2 New Believers are Growing, Surrender, Sacrifice, Nurtured and Development…....3 A Believer gives Financial Resources and being taught Church Discipline………….4 Equipping, Empowering and Growing into Maturity………………………………..5 Love, Unity and Encourage Each Other………………………………………………6 Saints are using their Gifts, Developing and Growing………………………………..7 Prayer, Great Commission, and Multiplying…………………………………………8 Christ is being Accomplish and the Poor are being Target…………………………..9 A Healthy Church Results is Effective……………………………………………….10

SummaryAnd.Conclusion…………………………………………………………….11
Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………….12

Introduction
A healthy church is one whose members are truly converted to Christ. Not to the church; not to the family or the preacher; but to the Lord! Everything depends on our attitude toward Him! To love Him is to keep His commandments John 14:15; to serve Him are to serve others Matthew 25. He must be the leaven of our lives; we must continually strive to conform to His image and be careful not to repeat the mistake of the Ephesian church by leaving our first love Revelation 2:4. We need to be Christ-like in all things.

The Gospel Proclaimed by Word and New Belivers are being Baptised

A healthy church is where the gospel is being proclaimed by word and by deed; we must practice what we preach. The Bible is God’s message for His people. The pastor is the prophet to speak from God (II Peter 1:20-21) “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” This means that the scripture did not come from the creative work of the prophets’ own invention or interpretation.  God inspired the writers so their message is authentic and reliable.  Paul tells Timothy in II Timothy 3:16-17 “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 to all good works”. According to Earley and Dempsey “a healthy church looks and acts like a healthy body.” The Bible is a tool for understanding God’s will for our lives if we will listen to what it has to say and then apply it within our lives. [212] New believers are being baptized. Being baptized is a commitment; the most serious commitment we will ever make in our spiritual growth. It is a commitment to live our life as Christ lived. It is a daily walk towards our Father. When we go into the watery grave, we literally come up a new person. We represent the death burial and resurrection of Christ with a much better understanding of how to live our life spiritually. Matthew 28; 19-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’.” A healthy church will baptize its members in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. [213]. New Believers Grow Surrender, Sacrifice, Nurture and Develop A healthy church is where new believers grow in the ability to surrender their lives in sacrifice and development. Luke 9:23-24 argues that, “If anyone wants to come with Me , he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever...


Bibliography: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works. Vol. 4). Minneapolis: Fortress press, 2003.
Earley, Dave, and Rod Dempsey. Disciple Making Is...: How to Live the Great Commission with Passion and Confidence. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2013.
Maphurs, Aubrey. Being Leaders the nature of Authentic Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: 2003.
Putman, Jim. Harrington Bobby & Coleman E. Robert, Discipleshift: Five Steps That Help Your Church to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples (Exponential Series). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013.
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