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S.T.A.R.T. in the Right Direction

Series: Authentic Faith

How do we respond victoriously to the assault on our faith? How do we maintain the proper perspective as we navigate the fog of war? During January we’re answering these questions with rock-solid certainty from the word of God. With what does it all begin? It begins with Authentic Faith. Today we’ll talk about effective discipleship.

  1. Discipleship 101
    1. Not all believers are disciples. 
      1. The Scriptures demand much more than 5-step salvation.
      2. Don’t let the rut you’re in become your grave.
    2. What did Jesus say about discipleship?
      1. Luke 6.40 - a disciple is ___________________________________________ His teacher.
      2. Romans 8.29 - God is conforming us into the image of His Son
    3. Are you a willing participant in that process?
      1. 2 Corinthians 5.15 - you _________________________________________ for Him.
      2. Colossians 3.1-2 - ___________________________________________ on things above.
      3. Philippians 3.13-14 - move heavenward.
  2. A 5-step method leading to authentic discipleship:
    1. Sever Entanglements
      1. Hebrews 12.1 - sin can tangle our feet, impacting upward movement and spiritual progress.
      2. Colossians 3.4a - note the imperative. Put to ________________________ …what is earthly in you.
        1. Romans 6.6 - Your old self was crucified with Him…
        2. Romans 6.11 - consider yourselves dead to sin and _________________________ to God in Christ Jesus.
    2. Train Daily
      1. 1 Corinthians 9.25: Every athlete exercises _________________________ in all things.
        1. 9.27 - I discipline my body and keep it under control.
      2. Live it every day. Do you ________________________________ for pure spiritual milk? See 1 Peter 2.2. 
    3. Always Online
      1. 1 Thessalonians 5.17 - pray without ceasing. Always ready.
      2. Prayer is vital for spiritual victory. See Psalm 138.1-3
        1. 138.3 - my strength of soul, you ____________________________________________.
      3. Matthew 7.7-11 - prayer is not passive. Persistence pays - those who ask receive.
    4. Rally Together
      1. Compare Hebrews 10.24-25 with Galatians 5.15. Encourage, not ______________________________________.
      2. Successful, growing, and thriving churches all share something in common. Their people are always together. Not just in worship … but outside these four walls.
    5. Turn Outward
      1. 2 Corinthians 5.15 - we no longer live for ourselves but for Him
      2. John 15.8 - It is Jesus’ desire that we bear ________________________________ fruit.
  3. Conclusion:
    1. Remember 1 John 5.4 and what it communicates? We are those who conquer. Prevail. Win. It’s habitual, ongoing, and permanent.
    2. Look again at Philippians 3.13-14. Where are you headed? See Ephesians 3.20.
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