Discipleship According to Jesus

Discipleship According to Jesus


Almost 30 years ago, John MacArthur wrote the book The Gospel According to Jesus. The book received mixed reviews from the evangelical community and fueled vigorous debates about what some have called “Lordship salvation.”

I thought the book was great and, for the most part, agreed with MacArthur. But the thing I loved about the book was that it caused the reader to examine what it meant to be a Christ follower in a new and fresh light.

During the next several weeks, I want us to examine what Jesus said concerning being His disciple in John’s gospel. Before we do that though, I want us to answer a couple of questions.

  • Are you a fan or follower of Jesus?

Millions of people all over the world consider themselves to be Christians. They belong to a church, pay lip service to Christ, and even believe some basic truths about Jesus; yet, they lack intimacy with God, are not transformed by His grace, and are not living lives that bring Him glory.

They are fans that admire Jesus from a distance, rather than followers who pursue Jesus with “single-minded”, whole-hearted devotion.

  • What does is mean to be a disciple?

The term Christian is used only three times in the New Testament, while disciple is used over 280 times! Clearly the term disciple is the preferred term for the New Testament writers.

But what does it mean to be a disciple? The word disciple is the Greek mathétés. This word was used by Greek philosophers to describe someone who was a part of a fellowship of students (e.g. the disciples of Socrates). The Jewish rabbis also used this term to refer to a student who studied diligently their teachings (e.g. the disciples of Gamaliel).

So just what is a disciple? A disciple is a growing follower of Christ, who is learning and applying the truth of the Word, which leads to greater intimacy with God, thus resulting in life change.

During the next several weeks, we will explore the words of Jesus in John’s gospel and identify five unmistakable marks of a disciple. A disciple is one who:

  • Abides in the Word
  • Dies to self-will
  • Loves as Jesus loves
  • Abides in Christ
  • Bears fruit that remains

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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.