Six Things Jesus Did To Equip His Disciples For Ministry
When Jesus first appeared to the disciples, he informed them that He would transform them into something different: “Come, follow me,.and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Their previous vocation of catching fish was transformed into a mission of fishing for people, which they completed successfully. Throughout the journey, Jesus taught them to share with others, link people to God, and minister to those in need at each stage. In order for a disciple to develop and become a spiritual adult, the Holy Spirit works inside them to bring about a heart change:
- They make the transition from being self-centered to being others-centered
- Their motivation shifts from being self-centered to being God-centered
- They have a strong desire to serve and lead
When you notice that the individual you are discipling is exhibiting these symptoms of heart transformation, you must provide them with a chance to serve the Lord.
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Give them an opportunity to serve as soon as you notice that the individual you are discipling is exhibiting these symptoms of heart transformation.
- It was Jesus who led them to a location or scenario where there was another person in need
- Prior to this, Jesus had provided them with genuine instruction
- Jesus had linked them to God and to one another
- And Jesus had connected them to themselves. Jesus had equipped them and allowed them to carry out mission
- Jesus revealed information that was unfamiliar to them
- Jesus shared truth that was unfamiliar to them. Because they were all present, Jesus served as a role model for discipleship.
Jesus taught and modeled for his followers, fully expecting them to reach the point where they would be able to go out and create disciples for themselves. It is inevitable that disciples would always be reliant on God, which is why Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to them when he left them. However, Jesus guided his followers to become spiritually mature disciples who were in turn able to create further disciples. And because it was successful, we are now disciples. Jim Putman is the author of this piece.
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The Powerful, Life-Transforming Lessons Jesus Taught His Disciples
Have you ever questioned why God allows you to go through the valleys and storms of life? Have you been through the ups and downs, twists and turns, and everything in between with your children? Because you have a terrible boss or bothersome coworkers, ask yourself why you have them. What is it about you that “Needy Harry” seeks out every Sunday? What is it about the town of “Boresville, USA” that God has placed you in? Is God attempting to impart some sort of lesson to you? When it comes to our lives, Jesus is constantly “doing something.” And he isn’t merely attempting to impart “lessons” on us.
- Plans to change us into a more resemblance of himself.
- And nothing will stand in the way of his accomplishing his goals for us.
- I desired a sense of tranquility and happiness in my life.
- Instead, I was more like the throngs of people who were simply hoping for Jesus to heal them.
I think that sometimes we forget that we are disciples of Jesus.
When life throws you into a quagmire, do you ever wonder why God allows it? Along with your children, have you been through the ups and down and through the bends and turns? Who or what is responsible for your unhappy boss or bothersome coworkers? “Needy Harry” comes to you every Sunday, and I’m not sure why. “Boresville, USA” is a town in the United States of America. Is God attempting to impart some sort of knowledge to you? When it comes to our lives, Jesus is always “doing something.” Moreover, he isn’t only attempting to impart “lessons” to us.
he has plans to change us into a reflection of himself That is exactly what Jesus does.
During my initial encounter with Christ, I pleaded earnestly with him to free me from my bond to sin.
I had no idea that believing in Jesus automatically enrolled me as a follower of Christ. Instead, I resembled the throngs of people who were simply hoping for Jesus to heal them. For me to become a lifelong disciple of Jesus, I didn’t feel the need to join in the military.
A disciple is a student. An imitator. A learner. A lifetime learner.
So, what is it that Jesus wishes to teach you and me? What method does he propose to use to shape us into his image?
Here are powerful life-transforming lessons Jesus taught and is still teaching me.
So, what is it that Jesus wishes to teach you and me today? When he says he wants to shape us into his image, what exactly does that mean?
Why Did Jesus Teach in Parables? Jesus’ Surprising Answer
David W. Jones contributed to this article. What was the purpose of Jesus teaching via parables? We must first grasp what parables are in order to be able to respond to this issue. The Gospels contain a total of 39 different parables of Jesus. Each of these stories has a different length, ranging from the Parable of the Old Garment, which is only one verse long (see Luke 5:36), to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, which is about twenty-one verses long (see Luke 15:11–32). Others exist in each of the Synoptic Gospels, whilst other parables are exclusive to one Gospel story and cannot be found in any other.
- The term “parable” literally translates as “to come beside” in the Greek language.
- Parables are not fables because they transmit more than just a moral truth; and since they concentrate on more than just words and phrases, parables are not metaphors, similes, or word images because they focus on more than just words and phrases.
- At first look, parables may appear to modern readers to be vivid illustrations of Jesus’ teachings that serve to clarify them.
- What about Jesus’ use of parables, on the other hand, do you think is correct?
Why Did Jesus Teach in Parables?
Note how, immediately following the telling of the Parable of the Soils, which is recorded in all three of the Synoptic Gospels (see Matt. 13:3–23; Mark 4:2–32; Luke 8:4–15), and before He explained its meaning, Jesus was questioned by His disciples, “Why do You speak to the crowds in parables?” (Matt. 13:3–23; Mark 4:2–32; Luke 8:4–15). (Matt. 13:10; Luke 13:10) The exact reason why the apostles asked this question is not specified; nevertheless, it is possible that the disciples were concerned that the people would not grasp Jesus’ teachings if they did not ask this question (cf.
- In any case, Christ’s response to the disciples’ query concerning His use of parables is both startling and enlightening, regardless of the reason for their questioning.
- For the avoidance of confusion or misinterpretation, Jesus pointed out that the veiling of spiritual truths from the unbelieving people is in fact a fulfillment of an Old Testament prophesy found in Isa.
- 6:9 and the following statement: “And Jesus said to them, ‘To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it has been given in parables, that “Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand”‘ (Luke 8:10; cf.
- However, this raises the question of why Jesus would purposely conceal truth from those who do not believe in him.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:11–12), which we might highlight as a response to this.
Rom. 3:20; 10:17), whereas rejection always results in misunderstanding and hardness of heart (cf. Rom. 3:20). (cf. Ps. 81:12; Rom. 1:24). This concept is conveyed throughout the whole book of Scripture.
Jesus’ Parables and Self-Evaluation
We can take comfort in the fact that, even if certain parables of Christ in the Gospel narratives can be difficult to comprehend, the Holy Spirit, who indwells all of God’s people, will “guide. into all truth” us when we read them (John 16:13) because God’s Word, which includes parables, is the unalterable truth (cf. John 17:17). In any case, if the parables of Christ do not make sense to us, and especially if their meaning escapes the understanding of the people to whom we are ministering, we should consider Jesus’ teaching on the purpose of parables.
Jones is a Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Seminary, where he also serves as the Associate Dean of Theological Studies and Director of the Theological Masters Program.
He writes on the Bible on his website, redeemedmind.com.
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How Did Jesus Teach?
Recently, a friend told me about a conversation she’d had with another woman in leadership that she thought was interesting. “It seemed like all she spoke about was how no one would support her preaching and how difficult it was for her to become ordained. She never said anything about service, calling, or God’s direction once.” Women are not the only ones who have ambition. Men aspire to achieve success in the same way that we do. However, I’m finding a disturbing tendency among women in leadership circles: in our rally cry to secure a position in the pulpit, we may be losing sight of something else: our desire to serve others with our lives.
- I feel that more women teaching in larger settings would be beneficial to the church as a whole.
- He instructed a small group of disciples on what it meant to be a follower of Jesus.
- The teachings of Jesus are just as likely to provide insight today as they were back then, when he ate a meal with his followers and read from the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue.
- The answer to this question is that he taught in a variety of settings and always with a desire to serve his students, no matter how large or small the audience.
- When we consider that Jesus lived, loved, and taught largely through relationships rather than via the synagogue, it becomes clear that we all have chances to teach, even when we do not have a platform.
- Those of us who have been called to teach are held to a higher standard: “Brothers and sisters, I urge you to limit the number of people who become church teachers, for those of us who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness” (James 3:1).
- Nonetheless, I am well aware that believing that my greatest efficacy derives from lecturing from the middle of the stage is a dangerous slope.
In order to make the most of the influence I do have, I must celebrate when it advances the kingdom, knowing that my “labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58), regardless of whether I delivered the sermon myself or contributed to the discussion in a staff meeting with a pastor the previous week.
My influence grows as a result of my reputation as a servant, rather than as a result of my loud calls for attention.
Nicole Unice is a contributing editor for GiftedforLeadership.com and a member of the Family and Student Ministry at Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 24 – New International Version
24When Jesus had finished leaving the temple and was about to go away, his followers approached him and called his attention to the temple’s structures. 2 “Do you see all that I’m seeing?” he inquired. “Truly, I promise you, not a single stone will be left unturned here; and B) “>(B)each and every one of them will be hurled to the ground.” 3As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, C) the disciples approached him “>(C)the disciples approached him in a private setting. In response, they asked, “Tell us when this is going to happen, and what will be the sign of your arrival D)” “>(D)and the eve of the end of an era?
- G)”>(G) 6You will hear reports of wars and rumors of conflicts, but do not be worried if you hear these reports.
- 7Nation will rise up against country, and kingdom against kingdom, and the world will watch.
- 8All of these are the initial stages of labor discomfort.
- L)”>(L) Ten years after the rapture, many will fall away from the faith, betray and despise one another,11and many false prophets M) will rise to prominence “>(M) will make an appearance and fool a large number of people.
- 12 O)”>(O) This gospel of the kingdom, in addition, P) The letter P is an abbreviation for the letter P “>(P) shall be proclaimed across the entire globe.
- “>(Q)as a witness to all countries, and then the end will be reached.
- S) The letter S is an abbreviation for “Successful.” “Those who are in Judea should flee to the mountains, as prophesied by the prophet Daniel, so that the reader can comprehend what is being said.
T) The letter T is an abbreviation for the letter T “>(T)ake anything out of the home by going down to the basement.
19Can you imagine how horrible it will be for pregnant ladies and nursing moms during those days?
21Because then there will be immense anguish, such as has never been experienced before in the history of the world—and which will never be experienced again.
Do not trust anybody who claims to you, “Look!
X)”>(X) 24Because false messiahs and false prophets will arise and display great feats and wonders, the time has come for you to be on the lookout.
25As you can see, I’ve notified you ahead of time.
27 In the same way that lightning Z)”>(Z) that comes from the east is seen even in the west, so will the coming AA)”>(AA) of the Son of Man be visible even in the east.
AC)”>(AC) 29 “Immediately following the suffering of those days,” says the prophet, “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shine; the stars will fall from the sky, and the celestial bodies will be shaken.” AD)”>(AD) 30 “At that point, the sign of the Son of Man will manifest in heaven.” And then, when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, AF)”>(AF)with great power and glory, all of the peoples of the world will weep AE)”>(AE).
He will dispatch his angels, AH)”>(AH), to the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
32.1 “Now, take a lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs become delicate and its leaves appear, you may be sure that summer is approaching.
AI)”>(AI)34 To be honest with you, I believe that this generation will not die away until all of these things have taken place. AJ)”>(AJ)35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will stand the test of time forever. AK)”>(AK)
The Day and Hour Unknown AL)”>(AL)AM)”>(AM)
36″However, no one, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, knows when day or what hour it will be. In the same way that it was in the days of Noah, AO)”>(AO)so it will be upon the return of the Son of Man. AP) 38Because people were eating and drinking in the days before the flood, as well as marrying and giving in marriage, “Up until Noah entered the ark, they had no idea what would happen, and they were completely unaware when the flood arrived and carried them all away.
- AQ) AQ) AQ) “One will be taken and the other left in the field.
- AR) (Abbreviation for AR) “It is planned to have two ladies grinding with a hand mill; one will be kidnapped, and the other will be left.
- Take note of the following: If the homeowner had known what time of night the robber was coming, AU)”>(AU), he would have maintained watch and wouldn’t have allowed his home to be broken into.
- AV) AV) AV) AV) “It is because the Son of Man will come at an unexpected hour that you should prepare for him.
- 46It will be beneficial to the servant whose master discovers him engaging in this behavior when he returns.
- AY)”>(AY)48 For example, imagine that servant is evil and thinks to himself, ‘My master is going to be away for a long time,’49and then begins to beat his fellow slaves and associate with drunkards for food and drink.
- 51 He will rip him to pieces and cast him into the company of hypocrites, where he will wail and gnash his teeth in despair.
Jesus teaches his disciples about values
36 But nobody, not even the angels in heaven, nor even the Son, but only the Father, knows when or what time it will be.” In the same way that it was in the days of Noah, AO)”>(AO)so it will be in the second coming of the Son of Man. 38Because in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, according to AP) 37 “Up until Noah entered the ark, they were blissfully unaware of what was about to unfold until the flood came and swept them all away. When the Son of Man returns, everything will be exactly as it was before him.
- >(AQ)40There will be two men in the field; one will taken and the other left in the field.
- >(AR)41 AS) is an abbreviation for “associate of scientists.” “Consequently, stay vigil since you do not know when your Lord will appear.
- AU)”>(AU) Consequently, you must be prepared as well.
- 45″Who, then, is the obedient and wise servant, AW)?” 45 “who has been sent by the master to look after the servants in his household and ensure that they have their meals at the appropriate times?
- In the case of AX, the abbreviation stands for “additional X.” “I can assure you that he will place him in charge of all of his property.
AZ)”>(AZ)50 The master of that servant will arrive on a day and at an hour that he does not anticipate and is unaware of. 51 In addition, he will rip him to shreds and cast him into the company of hypocrites, where he will wail and gnash his teeth. BA)”>(BA)
What Did Jesus Mean to ‘Go and Make Disciples’?
36″However, no one, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, knows what day or what hour it is. AN)”>(AN)37Just as it was in the days of Noah, AO)”>(AO)so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38Because in the days preceding the flood, people were feasting and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, AP) “They had no idea what was going to happen until the water arrived and carried them all away, according to the AP. That is exactly how things will be when the Son of Man returns.
- >(AQ)40There will be two men in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
- AS) is an abbreviation for “associate degree.” “Consequently, stay alert, for you do not know on when day your Lord will appear.
- 42So you must be prepared as well, 43 AV) (Audio Visual) “>(AV)because the Son of Man will appear at an unexpected time.
- 46It will be beneficial for the servant whose master discovers him engaging in this behavior when he returns.
- AY)”>(AY)48 However, supposing that servant is evil and thinks to himself, ‘My master is going to be away for a long time,’49and then proceeds to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards.
- 51 He will sever his limbs and cast him into the company of hypocrites, where there will be crying and gnashing of teeth.
1. We Must Move to Where People Are
Jesus is no longer physically present on the planet. In order to accomplish this, we are Christ’s body, which includes his feet to go, hands to do, and mouth to speak. And where should we proceed from here? Anywhere and anywhere is possible! According to Mark’s narrative, Jesus merely commands his followers to “go throughout all the world.” We must go wherever there are people who are in need of discipleship. As a result of study, one in every four persons in the United States (85 million people) would describe themselves as atheist, agnostic, or believing in nothing at all.
Furthermore, even if they are saved, this does not imply that they are developing in their faith over time.
It is worth noting that the verb “go” in the Great Commission literally means “to continue the trip on which one has embarked.” We have a couple of options when it comes to “going”: In other words, it could mean that we simply recognize the opportunities that exist in the places where we already go — such as striking up a conversation with someone at work or at the gym, meeting a friend for lunch, talking to someone during a social event, finding ways to serve a neighbor, or simply talking with someone in our own home.
We cannot isolate ourselves or remain in our comfort zones; instead, we must seek out others who are in need of discipleship and become engaged in their lives. Christian discipleship and the creation of disciples need activity and movement rather than apathy and stagnation.
2. We Must Use What We Have
The “major” responsibilities, including as mission trips, church services, and apologetic discussions, sometimes get lost in the shuffle when we talk about “evangelism” and “creating disciples.” However, none of them are examples of discipleship (although discipleship might take place at them). In its simplest form, it is simply the act of using who we are and what we can accomplish to make a difference in the lives of others. As a former professional football player and head coach, Tony Dungy wrote that we can be great witnesses to others by striving for excellence in everything we do, treating others with the same grace that God has shown us, demonstrating our love through actions, respecting other peoples’ views, following the example of Christ, and using our words to share the truth.
3. We Must Teach What Jesus Taught
Many individuals believe that they do not have the authority to educate people about God’s Word unless they have a seminary degree or are in a pastoral position, and this is incorrect. But, aside from Jesus, when someone teaches God’s Word, it is never the speaker who has authority; rather, it is God’s Word itself that has authority. After we have learned what Jesus taught us, we may go forward and teach it to others who will be able to continue their education alongside us. That is what it means to be a disciple.
As opposed to this, Jesus gazed out at a motley gathering of people who were mostly illiterate, including ex-fishermen and ex-tax collectors and said that when he went, the Holy Spirit would enable them to be witnesses for Christ.
Unloving and cruel is the act of lying or being silent about the facts that may aid them.
We can do a lot of good for someone, but unless we also share the gospel with them, we have accomplished nothing more than bandaging up their disease.
4. We Must Invite Others to Go with Us
Note that when Jesus called people to follow him, he did not only ask them to join him at enjoyable events and temple services; he also encouraged them to follow him while he was simply moving from one place to another, as well as during tough times, which is crucial to remember. And Jesus took use of the fact that people were with him to educate, reprimand, and encourage them throughout their time with him. The Greek term ” diatribe” in John 3:22 indicates that Jesus’ ” diatribe” rubbed off on others as a result of his spending time with them (especially his closest 12 disciples).
While we must be selective about who has influence on us, we must also spend time with others and influence them.
Our ability to create disciples of others will be hindered if we remain confined behind the confines of locked gates, shuttered doors, and drawn windows. It necessitates the presence of our ministry of presence.
5. We Must Trust the Holy Spirit to Work
Practically speaking, there is a significant gap between the imperatives to “go” and “create disciples” that we must address. And it is in that space that the Holy Spirit performs the task of convicting someone of their sin, confirming the message of the gospel, and altering their heart as a result of receiving salvation. In our role as the hands and feet of Jesus, we have a responsibility to move, educate, and lead — but we must also believe that God will fulfill his commitment to save those who come to faith in him.
- The only thing that provides life is the Holy Spirit; the flesh is of no assistance (John 6:63).
- It may not usually follow a prescribed curriculum, but it does entail teaching the truth of God’s Word to the people involved.
- A disciple of Jesus travelling to where people are, utilizing what they have, encouraging others to accompany them, teaching what Jesus taught, and believing in the work of the Holy Spirit is what it is all about.
- Prayerfully prepare yourself to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good acts and glorify your Father in heaven” while you go about your business (Matthew 5:16).
- In addition, pray that God would use whatever you do to plant or nourish the seed of the gospel to bring it to fruition for his glory (1 Corinthians 3:6).
- Robert Hampshire is a preacher, teacher, author, and leader who lives in the United Kingdom.
- He is the father of three children.
- Pastor of Worship and Discipleship at Cheraw First Baptist Church in South Carolina.
- His blog, Faithful Thinking, serves as a platform for him to continue his ministry.
- More information on him may be found here.
What Jesus Taught On Discipleship That You Should Know
A Christian’s success is dependent on his or her ability to disciple others; we witness this in Jesus’ three years of ministry when he surrounded himself with twelve men and actively discipled them on a daily basis. Simply considering this reality should be sufficient to prompt us to contemplate the significance of discipleship in our own lives and those of people around us. So let’s have a look at what Jesus had to say on this subject. What did Jesus have to say about discipleship?
Over the course of his earthly mission, Jesus provides us explicit guidelines for being a Disciple of God as well as a biblical paradigm for what discipleship and mentoring should look like. As Jesus explains in Luke 14:23-26, in order to be his disciple, we must do three things:
- Consider the consequences
- Abandon everything and follow him
- Love the Lord more than everything else in the world
In addition to this, Jesus travels with his twelve disciples, teaching them the proper way to live each day and guiding them in the direction of the truth. We’ll take a closer look at both of these aspects of discipleship, starting with what Jesus regarded to be the requirements and cost of becoming His disciple.
What it Means to be a Disciple of God
Thousands of people were following Jesus, according to the Gospel of Luke, and as they followed him, Jesus addressed them and explained what it meant to be His follower. The three themes that Jesus is highlighting in this specific portion of scripture are those I described before, but I’ll go into further detail about them here. The first step is to calculate the cost.
Count the Cost of Being His Disciple
Jesus emphasizes the need of carefully considering your decision to follow him. He tells the people that this is not a whim or a feel-good decision, but rather a life-altering decision that must be taken seriously and carefully. Anyone who does not take up his or her own cross and follow me cannot claim to be my disciple. Which among you, if you want to construct a skyscraper, does not first sit down and calculate how much it will cost and if you have the money to complete it? Other than that, if someone starts building something and is unable to complete it, everyone around them starts mocking them and saying, ‘This man started building and was unable to complete it.’ Luke 14:27-30 (KJV) A guy named Pliable appears in the novel The Pilgrim’s Progress, and this line of scripture reminds me of him.
Upon returning to his hometown, he was scorned and humiliated and felt he had no place there any longer; even his own family had lost all respect and affection for him as a result of his actions.
Recognize exactly what you’re giving up and understand that the payoff is well worth the effort.
Give up Everything to be His Disciple
Then there’s the real decision to make. The decision to become a disciple of Jesus is a decision to give up everything in order to follow Him. As a result, any one of you who does not choose to surrender whatever he or she possesses cannot be my disciple. In verse 27, it says that if we do not take up our cross and follow him, we will not be considered his disciples. It is the sacrifice and denial of our body and worldly pleasures that becomes our cross. As a result, Jesus is demonstrating that there is no such thing as a divide–one foot in the world and one foot in His presence.
Love God Above the World
Finally, as Jesus is speaking to the people, one of His first comments is to tell them that loving one’s family or anything else above Him is not a hallmark of a good follower. I cannot accept as a disciple anybody who does not despise his own father and mother, his own wife and children, his own brothers and sisters, and yes, even his own life. Luke 14:26 (NIV) This text does not imply that we should physically despise our family and friends; rather, it implies that, in compared to God, we should appear to despise our brethren.
The Lord is calling on us to be obedient to Him above all other considerations, including our love for those who are closest to us, as well as to be obedient to Him above all other viewpoints and beliefs held by men.
Jesus’ Example of Discipleship
We’ll take a look at the example Jesus established throughout his three years of ministry now that we’ve examined what Jesus deems a follower of His. But first, let us establish a clear understanding of the significance of discipleship. It is the process that a person goes through in order to transition from being an unbeliever to becoming a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. As unbelievers, individuals are primarily concerned with their personal happiness and fulfillment, but dedicated believers are concerned with providing delight to God first and foremost.
Kenny Ortiz, a Midwestern University graduate with an MA in Divinity, discusses why discipleship is vital in a clear manner, and in another piece that provides an extended view, you can discover a more in-depth description of why discipleship is so important, as well as its beginnings.
As a result, it is important for the body of Christ to put it into practice.
Discipleship Through Daily Living
Throughout his life, Jesus demonstrated what it means to be a disciple. He had daily meals with his twelve disciples, with whom he shared fellowship, prayed, worshipped, carried out ministry together, and just went about their lives together. Has the phrase “you become who you associate with” ever been used to describe you? That is, in fact, the case in this instance. Jesus taught that by living a Godly life in obedience to His Father, He would then explain to them what it meant to live a pure and holy life in reality.
Discipleship is should be carried out in the same manner as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” In order to learn from someone else’s example, the student must first learn from their own.
Discipleship Through Teaching
In the Gospels, we find Jesus taking advantage of every chance to pour himself into his followers. He would explain the deeper meaning of His parables to them, and if they had any questions, He would always provide them with answers. He also utilized events and moments when He was confronted with resistance from the Pharisees and Sadducees to teach his followers what He had learned.
Discipleship Through Rebuking
Another feature of Jesus’ discipleship was the practice of rebuking people who did not follow him. He reprimanded the disciples when they disputed over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom, and he reprimanded Peter when he sought to admonish Him for stating He would suffer a great deal, among other things. Jesus did all of this, as we all know, out of compassion for them, in order to keep them on track and on the path of righteousness.
Throughout the four Gospels, we see Jesus demonstrating what modern discipleship should look like, as well as how important it is to the Christian faith. Not only that, but discipleship serves as a model for what it means to get close to God in our lives. The more time we spend in God’s presence, the more we conform to His image, and the more we become dedicated, submissive, obedient, and in love with our Creator, the more we conform to His image.
For those who are considering whether they should pursue discipleship in their own lives or if they should begin discipling others, this post and the example of Jesus’ life should inspire you to boldly make the decision to do so.
5 Ways Jesus Taught Us How to Pray
“Pray on a consistent basis.” 5:17 in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in My niece is a senior in high school and I am her aunt. She will earn her diploma in a few short months, when she will walk in procession with the rest of her graduating class. My daughter was a newborn napping in my arms only a few short years ago. She used to like conversing with me when she was a youngster. She started as soon as she spotted me and didn’t stop until I had left the scene. It was she who informed me about her day, who tipped me off about her brother, and who outlined her ambitions for the future.
- Although our chats are shorter now that she is a young woman, they are still enjoyable for me since she is so intelligent.
- Her eagerness to reach out to me causes me to exclaim with delight.
- The writers of the Psalms were well-versed in the art of prayer.
- They did it on every occasion.
- According to the advice of Paul in 1 Thessalonians, Jesus was in continual communication with the Father.
- When Jesus made the decision to come down from the high regions of glory and walk among us, prayer was his lifeline to the Father.
- His lessons on prayer provide a great deal of useful information.
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1. Jesus prayed alone.
The phone starts ringing. The television is on full blast. The kids are yelling and screaming. The activities of the day demand our immediate attention and pull us in a variety of directions at the same time. It’s possible that Jesus felt this way. He was constantly in demand to heal the sick and engage in political debate with the Pharisees, both of which he did. While these disturbances are present throughout scripture, we frequently see him taking a break from them. “However, Jesus frequently withdrew to isolated places to pray.” – Luke 5:16 (NIV) He did not wait until the crowds had dispersed and there was no one left to engage in debate with him.
His devotion to prayer was second nature to him.
2. Jesus prayed with others.
Not only did Jesus teach his followers how to pray, but he also encouraged them to pray as a group. The Bible states in Matthew 18:20, “For when two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” The presence of God in prayer brings us all together. We become more sensitive of the needs of others and are better able to bring comfort to them.
Life may be challenging, and there aren’t always satisfactory solutions. Sometimes we are unable to pray because we do not know what to say or because we are unable to pray. That’s when the prayer community takes over and begins to pray for you on your behalf.
3. Jesus prayed before a meal.
Not only did Jesus teach his followers how to pray, but he also encouraged them to pray as a community. ‘For where two or three get together in my name, there am I with them,’ says Matthew 18:20. When we pray, God’s presence brings us together. People’s needs become more apparent to us, and we are able to offer consolation to them. Life may be difficult, and there aren’t always satisfactory solutions. Sometimes we are unable to pray because we do not know what to say or because we are unable to pray for whatever reason.
4. Jesus prayed for others.
Before he was caught and nailed to the cross, Jesus prayed for his apostles and followers. He was well aware that their task would not be straightforward, and he prayed for their safety. “I say a prayer for them. The people you have given me are not mine; they are yours.” “I am not praying for the world, but for the people you have given me.” John 17:9 (KJV) He prayed that God would reward them with tenacity, unity, and spiritual fulfillment as they shared their testimony with the rest of the world.
5. Jesus prayed for us.
Jesus prayed for his disciples just before he was captured and nailed to the cross. He was well aware that their task would be difficult and prayed for their safety. The people I care about are in my prayers.” The people you have given me, since they are yours, are the ones I am praying for. I am not praying for the world.” John 17:9 is a biblical passage. God, he prayed, would provide them endurance, unity, and spiritual fulfillment as they shared their testimony with the rest of the world.
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Jesus Taught Us How to Pray With the Lord’s Prayer
“Lord, teach us to pray,” one of Jesus’ disciples requests in the Gospel of Luke 11:1-4, and as a result of this request, Jesus teaches them the Lord’s Prayer. This prayer has become very well known and even memorized among Christians. The Our Father is the name given by Catholics to the Lord’s Prayer. When people of all Christian faiths come together in public or private worship, it is one of the most often said prayers in both public and private worship.
The Lord’s Prayer
- Known as the Lord’s Prayer, it is the model of prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. Both Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 11:1-4 have variants of the prayer that may be found in the Bible. While Matthew’s version is a part of the Sermon on the Mount, Luke’s version comes in response to a disciple’s plea that Jesus teach them how to pray. Catholics refer to the Lord’s Prayer as the Our Father, which means “Our Father.” The prayer is intended for the entire community, including the Christian family.
The Lord’s Prayer in the Bible
In their respective Gospels, Matthew and Luke give the Lord’s Prayer in slightly different ways. In Matthew, Jesus is presenting his Sermon on the Mount, in which he explains that God’s righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, and that this is the case even today. He cautions his disciples against engaging in false piety just for the sake of being observed by others. During his way to Jerusalem, Jesus teaches the Lord’s prayer, according to the Gospel of Luke. As their rabbi, the disciples looked to Jesus as a model of a man who was devoted to prayer.
The complete text of The Lord’s Prayer may be found in Matthew 6:9-15, which reads: So, here’s what you should say in your prayers:” “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Please provide us with our daily bread today.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but preserve us from the wicked one,’ says the Lord.
Because if you forgive mankind when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you when you offend against him. However, if you do not forgive men for their crimes, your Father will not forgive you for your sins as well. (NIV)
Jesus Teaches the Pattern for Prayer
Jesus Christ provided us with a template or model for prayer in the form of the Lord’s Prayer. He was demonstrating how to pray to his followers. There’s nothing mystical about the words you’re reading. The prayer is not a set of instructions. We are not have to pray the lines exactly as they are written. As a substitute, we might utilize this prayer to educate ourselves, instructing us on how to approach God in prayer. In order to assist you in developing a complete grasp of the Lord’s Prayer, the following is a simplified explanation of each section:
Our Father in Heaven
We offer our prayers to God, our heavenly Father. He is our heavenly Father, and we are his obedient sons and daughters. We have a strong friendship. We may put our faith in him because he is a heavenly, perfect Father who loves us and will listen to our petitions. The usage of the pronoun “our” reminds us that we (his followers) are all members of the same God-given family.
Hallowed Be Your Name
“To make holy” is the definition of the word “hallowed.” When we pray, we acknowledge the sanctity of our heavenly Father. He is near to us and shows concern, yet he is neither our friend nor our equal. He is the All-Powerful God. Not with a sense of impending doom and dread, but rather with awe for his purity and an acknowledgement of his righteousness and perfection, we approach him. We are awestruck by the fact that we are his children even in his holiness.
Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done, on Earth As It Is in Heaven
Prayers are offered for God’s omnipotent dominion in our lives as well as on our planet. He is the ruler of our kingdom. We acknowledge that he has complete control over the situation, and we submit to his authority. Furthermore, we wish that God’s Kingdom and dominion be extended to those in our immediate environment. a. As Christians, we pray for the salvation of souls because we are aware of God’s desire for all men to be saved.
Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
When we pray, we put our faith in God to provide for our needs. He is going to take care of us. At the same time, we have no reason to be concerned about the future. We rely on God, our heavenly Father, to give us with all we require today. We shall renew our reliance on him by returning to him in prayer once more the next day.
Forgive Us Our Debts, As We Also Forgive Our Debtors
When we pray, we beg God to forgive us of our sins. We examine our hearts, acknowledge that we are in need of his forgiveness, and confess our transgressions. In the same way that our Father kindly forgives us, we must also forgive one another for our failings. If we want to be forgiven, we must be willing to provide the same forgiveness to others around us.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From the Evil One
Our prayers are addressed to God, who we implore to pardon us. We examine our hearts, admit that we are in need of his forgiveness, and confess our transgressions to him. We must forgive one another for our failings, just as our Father kindly forgives us. Those who wish to be forgiven must first forgive those who do not deserve it.
The Lord’s Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer (1928)
Our Father, who art in the highest heavens, we exalt thy holy name. Come, Lord, to thy kingdom. On earth as it is in heaven, thy will be done. Please provide us with our daily bread on this day.
Moreover, forgive us our transgressions, just as we forgive those who transgress against us. And save us from falling prey to temptation, but keep us safe from evil. Because the kingdom, the power, and the glory belong to you forever and ever. Amen.