Discipleship According to Jesus: Abiding in the Word

Discipleship According to Jesus: Abiding in the Word


In the gospel of John, the Lord Jesus identifies five distinguishing marks of being His disciple – First a disciple

  1. Abides in the Word

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.” (John 8:31 ESV)

According to Jesus, you are truly a disciple if you “abide in His word”.  The “abide” in the Word, is to continue and remain in it.  You get into the word until the word gets into you!

Paul shares this same idea in Colossians –

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

The word “richly” literally means in full measure.  Let the word burst out and overflow into every area of your life!  How do you do that?  You do it individually by:

  • Hearing it preached
  • Reading it
  • Studying it
  • Memorizing it
  • Meditating on it

You do it collectively through:

  • Teaching

Teaching here refers to doctrine.  Pastor teachers are to equip the saints for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ.

  • Admonishing

Admonishing has to do with instruction in Christ like behavior. It is important not only to teach doctrine in the life of the church, but to warn against living in a manner that does not bring God glory.

  • Singing

Even when we sing we ought to proclaim the gospel!  The words we sing should be scripturally based and doctrinally sound!

The first mark of a disciple of Christ is that a disciple abides in the Word.

Do you abide in the word?
What are some practical ways that you abide in word?

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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.