Hello. I am Dr. Bruce A Fletcher, senior pastor of Bethel Christian Church, West Hartford, CT.
I am currently teaching a series on discipleship, so over the next few weeks I will share some thoughts and quotes from that series.
Characteristics of Disciples
Discipleship isn’t what you do. Being a disciple is who you are-it changes everything.
Wilson, Jim L. Fresh Start Devotionals. Fresno, CA: Willow City Press, 2009. Print.
There are five key characteristics of disciples of Jesus Christ:
1. Love for One Another
John 13:34–35 (NLT)
(34) So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
(35) Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Jesus’ love was manifested in his:
a. Coming to seek the lost. Lu 19:10.
b. Praying for his enemies. Lu 23:34.
c. Giving himself for us. Ga 2:20.
d. Dying for us. Joh 15:13; 1 Jo 3:16.
e. Interceding for us. Heb 7:25; 9:24.
2. Lovingly obeying him
John 14:15 (NKJV) — 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
3. Imitating him
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV) — 1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Peter 2:21 (NKJV) — 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
4. Reflecting him
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) — 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 16:24 (NKJV) — 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
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