First Principles – Discipleship
Lesson Preached by Mike Underhill on October 2, 2013

Notes & Scriptures

Introduction: Matthew 28:18-20

  1. What does Jesus want everybody to become?
  2. Which is the more popular term — “Disciple” or “Christian?” The word “Christian” only appears three times in the New Testament. It is the name those in the world gave the disciples, seven years after the church began. (Acts 11:19-26). The word “Disciple” occurs over 270 times in the New Testament.
  4. Jesus came to make disciples. Only baptized disciples will be saved.

Let’s have Jesus define disciple, thus defining who is a true Christian.

Mark 1:14-18

  1. Calling of the first disciples
  2. Come follow me (Christ)
  3. Fishers of men — Jesus gave these first disciples the real purpose for living
  4. Immediately

Luke 9:23-26

  1. If any man…
  2. Deny self. Notice Christ in the garden (Matthew 26:36-39, “Not my will, but your will”). Do not give in to moods.
  3. Carry the cross — daily
  4. Gain the world … forfeit soul. Lose your life for Jesus … save it

Luke 14:25-33

  1. If any man…
  2. Count the cost (v. 28-30)
  3. Consider the alternatives (v. 31-32)
  4. Love Christ more than any person (v. 26)
  5. Persecutions (v. 27)
  6. Everything, not just anything (v. 33)

Luke 11:1-4

  1. Must learn to pray — disciples saw the strength Jesus received from the Father
  2. Daily personal relationship with God (v. 3); daily prayer.

John 13:34-35

  1. Love one another
  2. Be an active part of the fellowship

Matthew 28:18-20

  1. Command — make disciples (given to all)
  2. Who is a candidate for baptism? A person who makes the decision to be a disciple
  3. You need someone to disciple you to maturity in Christ
  4. This is the only way to save the world!
Year Preacher Disciple
1 365 2
2 730 4
3 1,095 8
13 4,745 8,192
33 12,045 the world, 10 billion plus

Conclusion Question: Am I a disciple? Am I a Christian? Am I saved? What do I need to do to become a disciple?