Discipleship According to Jesus

Discipleship According to Jesus

In John’s gospel, the Lord Jesus shares several undeniable marks of being His disciple.

According to Jesus:

1.     A disciple continues in the word of Christ (8:31)
2.     A disciple surrenders to the will of Christ (12:24,25)
3.     A disciple loves with the love of Christ (13:34,35)accordingtoJesus

Today I want to share the last two marks of being a disciple of Jesus.

4.     A disciple abides in Christ

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:14-15, ESV)

The word “abide” means to continue or remain in fellowship with. A believer is one who is in “union” with Christ and a believer who “abides” in Christ not only is in union with Him, but also is in communion with Jesus.

Just as the branch abides in the vine to receive life because of all of the life-giving nutrients that help it to grow and bear fruit, so the believer abides in the True Vine – Jesus Christ. If we abide in Him, He provides all that we need to grow, mature, and live lives that are fruitful.

Because Jesus is the source of life, we must abide in Him to live lives of abundance and fruitfulness. To be severed from the vine is death, but to abide is life!

Lastly, we have the final mark of a disciple.

5.     A disciple bears fruit through Christ

“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:8, ESV)

One thing is certain: if I am faithful to abide in Jesus, He will be faithful to bear fruit through me. But what kind of fruit?

  • Answered prayer (15:7)
  • Love (15:9)
  • Obedience (15:10)
  • Joy (15:11)

When we abide in Him, we will bear fruit, more fruit, and much fruit, fruit that remains!

Did I miss any? What are other Marks of a Disciple? 

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Tim Lafleur served as the campus minister for 20 years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He pastored various sized churches for 30 years, many even while at Nicholls. Tim was the Disciplemaking pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church for 4 years. He assisted in expanding the discipleship ministry from 12 the first year to over 1200 in 2015. He currently serves as the Equipping Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church to equip and empower members to do ministry. Tim is married to Chris LaFleur and has a four wonderful children, and ten amazing grandchildren (making holidays very fun exciting)! Tim enjoys reading books by John Piper, and pastor Robby Gallaty. His hobbies include watching the LSU tigers play or going fishing for the day. Brother Tim lives to be obedient to the call of God, and is reminded of God’s strength through his favorite passage of scripture, Colossians 1:28-29.