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Religion » DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Thu, 12 Aug, 2021 - 02:54:28:pm GMT
WHO IS A DISCIPLE?

John 8:31 Colossians 2: 6 John 15:4,5

A disciple is one who walks and follows the footsteps of a Master or a Leader consistently. He/she practices the act of discipleship. A disciple is one who takes another as a teacher and model (John 1: 37-39) Disciples are called different names: Learner, Devotee, Followers, Converts, Servants, etc.

Their main purpose is to follow the step and direction of Jesus, the Saviour. There are some specific things that should characterize the life-style of a disciple. This will lead us to consider

1. THE DOS OF TRUE DISCIPLE.
(i) A disciple is committed to the work of God (John 4: 34)
(ii) A disciple is willing to do the will of God (John 5:30)
(iii) A disciple follow 8s the Lord and abides in His teaching (John 8:31)
(iv) A disciple patterns his life after the Master (Matthew 10:24 1 Peter 2:21)
(v) A disciple does always things that please God (John 8:29)
(vi) A disciple believes the sound teaching of the word
(vii) A disciple continues in the word of God (John 8:31)

2. THE DON'T OF A TRUE DISCIPLE.

(i) A disciple does not love the praises of men the love of praise hinders true discipleship. So he counts the praises of men as dung and dross. He does not desire recognition or commendation for anything done.
(ii) A disciple does not seek for position either in the church or in the school (John 9:19-22)
(iii) A disciple does not allow his life to be focused on things of this world at the detriment of his soul. Jesus wants us to set our affection on heavenly things. When you find your affection going in the direction of things of the world, you must quickly check it.
(iv) A disciple does not allow his love of privilege given to him to do something in the Church or fellowship to outshine his love for God. Neither will he seek to outshine others anywhere he goes. He humbles himself at all times (Philippians 2:3)



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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Thu, 12 Aug, 2021 - 03:42:46:pm GMT

MARKS OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP (Luke 9:23)

A true disciple must carry his cross (suffering, shame, and ridicule) daily and follow the Master. Discipleship is the aim of the Great Commission mandate given to every saved youth. It is expected that those who hear the gospel and become new converts are to become disciples. The following are marks of true discipleship.
(i) Supreme Love (John 13:35) : A disciple must have a supreme love for the Master. He gives first place to the Saviour in his heart, service, love and fellowship. The love for God must be above others. He does not count anything too great to be sacrificed for Christ (John21:16-18)

(ii) Service to God : A disciple prefers the work of God above any other occupation. The service of God occupies a prominent place in his life. Self will, self attitude or consideration will be put away. All this can hinder biblical pattern of a true disciple.

(iii) Respect for the worship of God : A disciple respects and prefers the worship of God above family and tribal religion. He chooses to follow the Lord and surrenders every area of his life to the master.

(iv) Commitment to doing the will of God : A disciple recognizes the lordship of Christ over all he has. No matter how hard or rough the Christian journey may be, he remains committed to the Master (Colossians 4:17)

(v) Submission to the Master: A disciple submits to the lordship of Christ and casts away self – respect, self-esteem that beclouds him and promotes mundane things of this world.

(vi) Watchfulness (Matthew 4: 41) : A disciple watches over his word, action, thought, conversation and heart. He earnestly contends for the faith (Jude 3 )


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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Thu, 12 Aug, 2021 - 03:46:26:pm GMT

A CALL TO TRUE DISCIPLESHIP
Matthew 4:19; Luke 5: 2, 10, 11; John 1: 43

To follow one must be born again, washed in the blood of Jesus and made a new creature. Any one who claims to be a disciple must seek for God’s glory in all things.

The following must distinguish a disciple who follows the Lord Jesus Christ.
(i) Determination
(ii) Discipline (1 Corinthians 9: 27)
(iii) Dedication (Romans 12: 1)
(iv) Separation from the affection of the world (11 Corinthians 6:14-17)

A disciple must continue in the word of God by abiding in Him always. Every disciple must make a decision today to follow the Lord to the end without looking back. What is your decision today?

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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: ObakaEmmanuel(m) .:. Fri, 13 Aug, 2021 - 01:41:36:am GMT

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A disciple is one who has fully decided to follow, to learn and to unlearn.

In the body of Christ one of our major problem is nobody wants to be discipled any more. Every body wants to be on their own. Forgetting that only a tree can not make a forest. No matter how good you are, you still need to be discipled. The good you are will become best if you really sit to learn and learn.

We have so many church founders today who can't boldly say " I was trained by this person" before Jesu's gave his disciples power to heal the sixk and cast out demons in judea and in samaria they were his discipline first.

You see, they are some things you think you know wepl but when you decide to sit and hear from another man you will discover that you don't really know much about what you think you know.

Then in secondary school I thought I was the best student in mathematics one day I was surprised when the result came out I was the second vest I mathematics. Then i went further tocheck reasons why I was the second best. To my greatest surprise it was a young new student who just came that I failed to associate with that got the highest mark. To some of you, your next plan will be to study hard for next term. But that was not what I did. I went straight to her to teach me. And I really learnt so many things from her. I was discipled by her.

Likewise to christians and those into ministry when you fail to be discipled you will still fail to discipline others.
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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Fri, 13 Aug, 2021 - 02:46:32:pm GMT

Study 2
PERSECUTION AND ENDURANCE
Matthew 5: 10-12

One of the common true experiences of every true disciple of Christ is the hatred and opposition he will face from non- Christians. This is what is known as persecution. Persecution is the hatred, opposition and other forms of maltreatment we receive because we are Christians – the disciples of Christ (John 15:18-21) Every true Christian will certainly face persecution. It is one of the marks that show that we are Christians (14:21-22; 11 Timothy 3:12)

This being the case, it is important that every Christian understands the true nature of persecution and how to react during persecution. It is important to quickly add that it is not the persecution that we receive that matters most, but our ability to endure and continue as Christians in spite of the persecution.

1. REASONS FOR PERSECUTION Matthew 5:10-11; 1 Peter 4:12-15

The devil inspires and engineers unbelievers to oppose and persecute believers for several reasons. Some of these reasons are:
(i) Because we are identified with Christ. The devil hates Christ and will oppose all that are Christ’s(John 15: 18-21)
(ii) Because we are not of the world and our life and life style oppose that of the world (John 17:14)
(iii) We are also persecuted for righteousness sake - because our righteous lives oppose the evil of their ungodly lives (1 John 3:12, 13)
(iv) Our changed lives will also draw oppositions and persecutions from those who use to know us. This is because we will no longer join them to do the evil we used to do together in the past 1 (Peter 4:1-4)
(v) We will be persecuted for obeying the Lord and preaching the gospel (Acts 5:26-29, 40-42)

We need to ensure that our suffering is not as a result of our personal foolishness, negligence or evil. We are not to suffer as evil doers. (1 Peter 4:12-15) Let us understand that the main aim of the devil through the persecution is to make us give up the faith. But by the grace of God, we shall overcome.

2. REACTIONS DURING PERSECUTIONS Matthew 5:10-12; 24:9-12; 1Peter 4:12-13

As we mentioned earlier, it is not just the persecutions we suffer that matter, but our attitudes and reactions during such persecution. Persecution is not pleasant to the flesh. It can take the form of hatred, mockery, rejection and opposition, false accusation, denial and deprivation of rights, beating etc.
Whatever is the nature of the persecution, we must see that we have the right attitude. At such time, we should :
(i) Rejoice (Matthew 5:12; Acts 5:40,41)
(ii) Pray for grace to endure (Acts 23,24)
(iii) Love and pray for our persecutors ( 5:44; Romans 12:19-21)
(iv) Let your leader know the persecution you are facing (Acts 4:23)
(v) Endure to the end (Matthew 24:13

3. REWARDS FOR THE PERSECUTED
Matthew 5:10-12; 1 Peter 4:12-14
The Lord has promised great blessings during persecution. We have the promise of the abiding presence and comfort of the Holy Spirit. There is also the assurance of answer to prayers when we endure persecutions. Our endurance can serve as encouragement and inspiration to other believers and can also result in the conversion of our persecutors. Finally, there is the promise of eternal glory and enduring crown for every persecuted believer (Revelation 2:10)

Let us therefore, make up our minds to live for Christ and suffer with Him (II Corinthians 4:17, 18)


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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Fri, 13 Aug, 2021 - 02:59:44:pm GMT

Study 3
THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

Luke 24:25-27, 33
Every one at one point or the other in life is either called to be a follower or a leader. There are those who follow certain ideas, heroes, men models, mentors or trends.

All these are subject to change and so are not permanent. But a true Christian is a disciple who has received the call to follow Christ. He recognizes Christ as Lord, Saviour, Master, Guide, Friend and King to whom he owes all allegiance and loyalty.

The call is with a price. There are clear conditions stated in scriptures that determine our relationship and acceptance before God. This cost of discipleship is in two fold : the divine and the human aspects.

God on His part offered His only begotten Son to bear our sins on the cross, while man, on the other hand, must be willing to meet the requirements and conditions for true discipleship.

1. THE CONDITION OF TRUE DISCPLESHIP
Luke 9:24; 14:25-27; Galatians 6:14
When an individual decides to become a disciple it must be at Christ’s terms; Christ will change one’s career, ambition, interest, persuasions and convictions.

True discipleship involves clearly stated conditions.

(i) Cross- bearing
Luke 9: 23; Galatians 6:14
The cross is a symbol of self-emptying, submission and reproach. Your cross may come in form of ridicule, mockery, rejection, mis-understanding, persecution temptation and trials.

The size, type and shape of the cross should not discourage anyone from following Christ. Indeed, the beauty of the Christian life is the cross of Christ we are call upon to carry daily.

Without the cross of Christ, Christianity is a mere religious exercise devoid of conformity, commitment and consecration to God.

(ii) Renunciation
Luke 14: 25-27; Philippians 3:8-10
True discipleship will make one’s loyalty and obedience to Christ to be tantamount to hatred for parents and self. A true disciple will prefer Christ and His demands above filial love and relationships. He is expected to hate his life and indeed all that he has.

He should be willing to forsake personal desires, ambitions, interests and aspirations in order to please Christ. It involves a decision to reject not only old sinful way of life but even legitimate things that conflict with his devotion in order to please Christ in all things.

(iii) Leaving All
Luke 14:33; Mark 10: 28; Luke 5: 27, 28
A woman cannot claim to be married while under her parent’s roof and control. Likewise a true disciple cannot remain attached to the world and its attractions and still claim to belong to Christ.

He must leave worldly fashions, inclinations, ambitions, lust and interests to be fully devoted to Christ and His cause. The demand of Christ upon our lives is total, complete and irrevocable.

(iv) Self- sacrifice
Matthew 16:24, 25; 19:21; Luke 12:22, 34; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Galatians 5:24

Discipleship consists of a life of discipline and self- control. Our appetites, tastes and entire will must be submitted and brought under the control of Christ as Lord and Master.


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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Fri, 13 Aug, 2021 - 05:48:19:pm GMT

2. THE CHARACTER OF A TRUE DISCIPLE
John 5:19; 8:31; 12:23-26; 13:12-17; 14:15; 15:14, 18-21
A disciple is a learner. He must ensure that Christ remains the patter to follow in life. The life of a Christian must show steadfastness and consistency.

There are three basic areas where a disciple must follow Christ’s example:
(i) Christian Doctrine
Hosea 8: 12; Acts 2:41, 42; Proverbs 24:21; Revelation 22:18, 19 Doctrine is what the believer needs to regulate his daily life. The Lord demands that we accept Christ’s teaching as the final rule for our private and public life.

The disciple should make it a point of duty to know the doctrines and obey them. Any attempt to reject, despise or neglect Bible doctrines is tantamount to rejecting Christ and one will equally be rejected on the last day.

(ii) Christian Life
Hebrew 3: 12-14; Colossians 2:4; 11 Peter 2:17, 18; 5:12
The believer must be like Christ in conduct, character and conversation. Our life must conform to Christ in holiness, humility, love and patience.

It is by our life and actions that people will know us as true disciples.

(iii) Christian Service
1 Corinthians 15:58; Acts 5:22; Luke 19:13; 11Timothy 4:2
Christian doctrine and life will result in Christian service. No idleness, indolence and laziness should be permitted in a true disciple. There is much to be done for God and no one has a reason to be idle.

With or without position, our gifts, talents and ability must be channeled into positive involvement and promotion of God’s kingdom.

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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Fri, 13 Aug, 2021 - 05:49:13:pm GMT


3. THE CROWN OF FAITHFUL DISCIPLES
Luke 18:29, 30; 11 Timothy 4:1-8
When one shows steadfastness in Christian character, doctrine and service, it attracts divine blessings and promotion in life and eternity.

The pursuit of every Christian is to please Christ in all things so as to receive his commendations and crown at last. The crown is not just for professing believers but sincere, dedicated and committed Christians who have made Him everything.

Our compensations on the last day far outweigh whatever we appear to have lost for the sake of Christ. No present pains, persecutions and suffering can compare with the glories that await us in Christ (11 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:1-10)

Thanks for reading.
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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Sun, 15 Aug, 2021 - 02:42:40:pm GMT

Study 4
PRAYER LIFE OF A DISCIPLE
Luke 18: 1-8; 1 Thessalonians 5: 17


‘Men ought always to pray and not to faint’ is the clear command and counsel from the captain of our faith, Jesus Christ, to every believer. Praying reaffirms the believer’s total dependence upon God, because, ‘without Him, we can do nothing’.

God delights in hearing from those who put their trust, faith, hope and confidence in Him.
God answers prayer.

Prayer is not asking God to do what He is not willing to do. Jesus started and ended His earthly ministry with prayer.

Therefore no disciple of Jesus Christ can amount to anything or achieve anything meaningful in the Christian race and life without consistent and dynamic prayer life. There are different aspects in prayer such as worship and praise, thanksgiving, petition, intercession and warfare.

1. FORMS OF PRAYER

(i) Worship and Praise: This involves praising God whole- heartedly at all times and in all situations. Thanksgiving follows the same order. This has to do with appreciation of who God is, what He has done, what He can do and will do, etc.

(ii) Intercession: This also involves standing in the gap between God and man, pleading with God for souls to be saved from hell, sick to be healed, captives to be set free.

Intercession is the prayer one says on behalf of others. This is equally referred to as standing in the gap. It could be praying for an individual, a family, nation, church, etc.

It often has to do with warding off evil from coming upon people. Like Abraham for Lot and Sodom, Moses for the children of Israel (Exodus 32:31, 32), Job for his children ( Job 1:15), Esther for the Jewish race, Jesus for Peter (Luke 22: 32,32), the list is inexhaustible. You can intercede for your unsaved peers, parents and other people.


(iii) Warfare: This involves fighting against principalities and powers in prayers for the expansion of God’s kingdom on earth. This prayer takes the form of decree and taking authority by spiritual violence (Matthew 11:12😎


2. ATTITUDES IN PRAYER

Believer’s attitude in prayer is very important if we are to expect result. Although the Bible does not specify what our posture should be, yet God demands right attitude. Believers can pray kneeling down, bowing down, standing, falling on one’s face. Prayer can be done anytime (Morning, noon and evening😎 Our attitude in prayer should include:
(i) A sin- free heart and life because sin hinders prayer. Sin keeps you from praying and prayer keeps you from sin.
(ii) Forgiving spirit is of great value if we want to pray through.
(iii) Importunity and fervency must mark our prayer.


3. ASSURANCE OF ANSWER TO PRAYER

God answers prayer. When you pray, you should believe (Hebrew 11:6; Matthew 21: 22😎 You should pray specifically on a particular need like Jabez. Pray also in faith and in the name of Jesus Christ. Testimonies abound of saints in the Bible who got answers to their prayers. People like Moses, Abraham, Gideon, Jacob, Hannah, Samuel, Solomon, Esther, Elijah, Hezekiah, Jehoshaphat, the early church and a host of others were answered by the Lord when they prayed.

Power of prayer: The awesome power of prayer is limitless. Prayer penetrates the thick cell walls, can change vilest of sinners, reaches distance man cannot reach, calm a violent fellow, turns opposers to supporters, makes the impossible possible. Personal and corporate prayer should be sent to God by every child of God. Prayer is the master key that opens every door.

Profit of prayerful life: Prayer has enumerable benefits; no Christian can succeed without prayer. Prayer entitles you to these benefits among others:
(i) Spiritual growth, (ii) divine guidance (iii) abundant supply in every area of life.

Nevertheless, our choice of time and place of prayer should be determined by these factors: Noise – free atmosphere, environment void of distraction. Sleep and fatigue can be overcome by walking around the room, washing one’s face and having a determined heart to pray through. A Praying Christian hardly stumbles in the faith and a prayer less Christian hardly stands.














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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Mon, 16 Aug, 2021 - 07:17:08:am GMT

Study 5
CHRISTIAN DRESSING AND COMPORMENT
Colossians 3: 1, 2; 1 John 2: 15, 16; Isaiah 3: 16-26

It is a wonderful thing in life for a youth to embrace Christ. The early contact with Christ will do a lot in the area of life-style, character, disposition, language, dressing and comportment.

The world around us has nothing to say or offer in the developmental stage of the youths other than influencing them to be wicked, disobedient, rebellious, and reject the precious Saviour, Jesus Christ. Christian youths are spiritual pace setters. They are washed by the Lamb, and waiting for the coming of the Lord.

When it comes to Christian dressing and comportment, it is sure that the world around us is waiting to see the Christian youths as pace setters. ‘Ye are the salt of the earth: …, ye are the light of the world’ (Matthew 5: 13, 14😎

1. CHRISTIAN DRESSING 1 Timothy 2:9, 10; 1 John 2:15 -17
Dressing is not only what we wear, but also whatever is added or done to our body before we appear in the public. We should know very well that dressing portrays the state of the heart.

It is the reflection of the inward liking and craving for the fad, fancies and fashion. When your heart begins to yearn after the way the sons and daughters of the world are dressing instead of glorifying God in your body, then you cannot claim to still be right with God. Whatever a Christian is to wear should promote decency, modesty, neatness and the glory of God.

Dressing is one area where worldliness in the heart speaks loudly and clearly. Christian youths are not to dress the way the world does. The spirit that dictates the fashion of the world is that of the devil. It thrives on sinful passions or vices that do not rest until it sets young people lusting.

The fashion that makes young boys and girls to be wearing Duck-tail skirts, mini skirts, front bottoned dresses, backless, sleeveless, spaghetti hands, topless, wonders, body hug, leggings, pastor will bow, boys follow, halter neck, knickers bucker and all such dresses that expose some peculiar parts of girls’ body has its origin from the devil who wants to set boys and girls lusting. When a Christian youth especially begins to wear these, he/she has gone worldly.

Moreover, the dressing of our hair should not be to attract the public. Christian youths should not get to the point of copying world heroes. Hair- do like Tyson, punk, Bob Marley, attachment, stretching and perming are not christianly. What of the skin ? Christian youths should abstain from bleaching and making tattoos on their skins.

Run away from all these things. ‘ And be not conformed to this world , but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God’ (Romans 12:2)

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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Mon, 16 Aug, 2021 - 07:26:32:am GMT

CHRISTIAN COMPORTMENT Psalm 100:1-5; 1 Timothy 2:8-10

God is interested in our comportment at home, school and in short, anywhere we go. Also, God is concerned about our appearance and comportment in worship. We will look at this discussion considering our dressing, punctuality, or orderliness during church meetings, at school, and any where we are representing Christ. The New Testament teaching on dressing vehemently condemns repulsive, extravagant or flashy appearance.
Punctuality, they say, is the soul of business. Being punctual at church meetings and school functions is necessary. It is common these days to see Christian students even going late to school! They will not leave their houses until they are late.
Moreover, paying attention is another important factor that a Christian youth should observe very well. Learn also the habit of not talking when listening to a teacher, parent or preacher. This will aid your ability to retain and recall. In addition, Christian youths should respect their parents, teachers, leaders in the church and also their Pastors.

3. CALL TO CONSECRATION AND COMMITMENT
1 Corinthians 15: 58; Ephesians 6: 10-18

When someone comes to know the Lord at salvation, he has just begun a life- long journey of living the Christian life. Some youths usually begin with great joy, enthusiasm, and zeal. But all these fizzle out too soon. Ask me why? A careful look at the situation reveals the number of believers who are now becoming lukewarm in their commitment to the Lord. The love of some Christian youths is waxing cold because of their love for the things of the world.
After forsaking the things of the world, there is the need to walk closely with Jesus and serve the Lord. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
As new boys and girls in the Lord, remember that the following things will keep you from falling:
(i) Observe your quiet time daily for sustenance
(ii) Move with godly friends
(iii) Seek counsel to guide your spiritual life.
(iv) Realise that the devil may want to make you an object of ridicule.
(v) Fellowship regularly with the children of God

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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Mon, 16 Aug, 2021 - 07:33:35:am GMT

Study 6
VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION
Matthew 4:1-11; James 1:13-15

Temptation is an enticement to do evil; disobey and disregard the word of God. Temptation is not a sin but yielding to it is sin. The rich, the poor, the educated, the illiterate, the male, the female, the young or the old are tempted at one point or the other in different ways.
Jesus was tempted and He did not sin. Christ’s temptation teaches us (i) that temptation is not a sin (ii) that we should expect temptation (iii) the pattern on how to overcome temptation (iv) that the word of God is a major weapon for overcoming temptation (v) that Satan will not give up easily and can quote the Bible out of context to tempt us (vi) believers must reject any generous offer from the devil, it is deadly (vii) that the Holy Spirit is the divine helper in our victory over temptation.

1. THE SOURCE AND SCOPE OF TEMPTATION
Genesis 3: 1-6; Matthew 4: 1-11; James 1:13-15; Hebrew 12:1; 2 Timothy 2:22;
1John 2:12-17.

We should understand that an evil suggestion does not affect our spiritual life adversely, if it is not allowed to dominate our thinking and our actions. The suggestion to do evil is a temptation and if it is rejected and rebuked, sin has not been committed. But when one accepts an evil suggestion, and acts in line with it, then sin has been committed. Jesus in our text, was tempted but he did not sin (Hebrew 4:15) He resisted the devil by using the word of God and commanded Satan to go away from Him (Matthew 4:10) Joseph also, was tempted daily to commit fornication, but he resisted the approach and refused to do that which would offend God (Genesis 39:1-10)
However, we have to understand that God cannot tempt man but man is tempted by his own lust and desire (James 1:13, 14) It is very easy to be tempted in one’s area of greatest interest or weakness e.g. material possession, immorality, ambition, appetite, etc. Therefore, we need to take heed, be sober and watchful over our heart’s desires. Temptations come in various ways, such as cheating during examination, altering report sheets and bills, lying and deceit, etc. Sometimes, Christian youths are tempted to blaspheme or deny God due to some problems in their lives. We must resist the devil so as to overcome.
Every temptation is directly or indirectly from Satan, our adversary. He brings temptations in various ways and uses different situations and personalities. To Christian youths, temptation can come through: (i) our parents Genesis 27:6-13) (ii) a strange woman (Genesis 39:6-8), (iii) a false prophet (1 Kings 13: 14-19), (iv) higher authority (Daniel 3: 15-18), etc. Temptation can come in times of sorrow and suffering (Job 2: 9) It can also come in times of great success and divine revelation (Matthew 16:16, 22, 23) That is why we are admonished to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8)


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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Mon, 16 Aug, 2021 - 07:42:21:am GMT

2. REASONS FOR TEMPTATION AND CONSEQUENCES FOR FALLING INTO IT
Genesis 3: 1- 15

The reasons why Satan brings temptation our way is to : (i) deceive us to sin against God (ii) humiliate the victim and accuse God’s people (iii) lose our inheritance in Christ and cause the name of the Lord to be blasphemed (iv) put his victims under bondage and consequently, eternal condemnation. God permits us to be tempted for the following reasons: (i) because He has all power to keep us from falling (Jude 24) (ii) to prove our loyalty to Him (iii) to test our faith in the promise of God (iv) to ascertain the genuineness of our conviction in the doctrines of the Bible (v) to prove our love for him (vi) to draw us closer to Himself in order to rely on Him for victory. (vii) to provide an occasion to reward us as we overcome.
The consequences of yielding to temptation are very terrible. There will be: (i) loss of fellowship with God (ii) weakness of faith (iii) lack of spiritual growth (iv) loss of privileges and opportunity (12:12-17 (v) getting to a point of apostasy of which there is no sincere repentance (Hebrew 10:26, 27)

3. SECRETS OF OVERCOMING TEMPTATION
1Corinthians 10:13; 1Thesselonians 5:22; Psalm 119:9-11; Ephesians 6: 10- 18; Matthew 26:41; James 1:12; Revelation 21:7

God the Father, has promised to keep us from falling (Jude 24 Our Lord Jesus Christ is our divine helper in time of temptation (Hebrew 2:18; 4:15) and the Holy Spirit is to guide, warn, direct and strengthen us so that we overcome at all times. And we shall overcome!!!
The steps to victory include:
1. Believing you can overcome every temptation that comes your way in the strength of the Lord (Hebrew 4:10)
2. Being sensitive and obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit
3. Being not afraid and saying NO to tempting suggestions
4. Identifying the way of escape (1Corinthians 10:13) At times the way of escape is to endure suffering, false accusation, misrepresentation, and denial of legitimate rights (Genesis 39: 11-20)
5. Avoiding people, places and situations that can lead to temptation (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
6. Watching and praying (Matthew 26:41)
7. Reading and meditating on God’s word often (Psalm 1:1-3)
8. Avoiding the mistakes of those that fell and following the path of those that conquered.
9. Consecrating all the members of your body to God (Job 31: 1; Romans 12:1, 2; 6: 12-14
10. Considering the consequences of falling.
Tell your leader of any strong and persistent temptation that you are facing for prayer, counseling and guidance.

Overcoming temptation grants us a lot of privileges which include: exaltation and approval from God; joy, peace and pure conscience, boldness before God and answer to prayers, ministering without shame, a source of example for others, heaven will be gained with crown of life and other rewards.


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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Wed, 18 Aug, 2021 - 07:11:32:am GMT

Study 7
BIBLE STUDY TECHNIQUES
11 Timothy 3:16, 17; 11Peter 2:2, 3; 11Timothy 2:15

Introduction
The Holy Bible is God’s inspired word with the prime purpose of giving mankind his revelation. It is the only source of knowledge of the almighty God.
The Bible can be said to be the “constitution” of Christians, the systematic study of which will help you to understand what God wants and what He does not want. A clear understanding of what you study therefore will make you to grow spiritually.

BIBLE STUDY METHODS
Daily reading of a few verses of the Bible just anyhow is not the best nor ideal as one will not get clear understanding of the teaching. It will therefore not help one become a strong Christian. To benefit from the Bible, the following study methods can be adopted.

Book Study Method
The Bible can be divided into two parts namely, the Old Testament, that is, Genesis to Malachi (39 books) and the New Testament, that is, Matthew to Revelation (27 books)

The Old Testament can be further divided into four parts as follows:
(i) The Pentateuch (The first five books)
(ii) Historical Books (12 in number-Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 11 Samuel, 1 &11 Kings , 1 & 11 Chronicles; Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther)
(iii) Poetic Books (five in number – Job, Psalms Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Songs of Solomon) (iv) Prophetical Books (17 in number- five major prophets,
namely; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentation, Ezekiel and Daniel, and 12 minor prophets, namely: Hosea, Amos Joel, Obadiah, Jonah Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi)

The New Testament can also be sub- divided into five parts.
(i) Biographical (the four gospel Books) Historical Books (the Acts of the Apostles) (iii) The Pauline Epistles (14 in number) (iv) The General Epistles (7 in number- James, 1 & 11 Peter; 1, 11, & 111 John and Jude. (v) Prophetical Book (the book of Revelation)

Except in a few cases, each book contains several chapters with many verses. Under Book Study Method, you look for the following:

(i) The writer (ii) To whom the book was written (iii) The circumstance(s) under which it was written (iv) The purpose of writing (v) The main theme/ teaching (vi) The key thought (vii) The key verse
Remember, the purpose is to draw out messages that can help you in your daily living as a Christian.


Topical study Method (11 Timothy 2:15)
The Bible contains several teachings which if systematically and prayerfully studied can help us to live the victorious Christian life. Subjects such as prayer, restitution, sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism, faith, evangelism, marriage, eschatology (i.e. Study of the last days events) and several others can be studied.

Bibles with concordance, indexes, chain references, etc, and other bible study aids such as Crudence will be helpful. “The Complete Bible study series in one volume by Pastor W.F. Kumuyi will be of immense benefit on this.

Character study Method
This is the study of prominent people in the bible. These include men like: Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, Daniel, Isaiah, Peter and women such as Sarah, Deborah, Ruth, Esther and Mary.
As much as you can, you find out the following about them (i) The birth of the character (ii) The early life of the person (iii) The condition of the society during his time (iv) His call and commission (v) His experience (vi) His outstanding events (vii) His achievements (viii) His failures/ short comings etc. Then draw out the lessons learnt.

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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Wed, 18 Aug, 2021 - 07:40:11:am GMT

REMARKS
(i) In studying the Bible personally, many discoveries can be made. Marking the verses containing these discoveries keeps them fresh on the reader’s mind and the Bible becomes a book of great value day after day.

The marking can be done in lead pencil or in shades of systematically chosen coloured pencils. Symbols can also be used.

(ii) As you study the Bible, there are some verses to commit to memory, which could be recalled in times of need without looking into the Bible.

(iii) Bible contains commands to obey, warnings to heed, promises to claim, etc. Look for them and act accordingly.

(iv) To effectively benefit from your study of the Bible, you must remove all hindrances to spiritual receptivity such as: Hardened heart (Matthew 13: 3-6); Double-mindedness (James 1:8); Pride (Deuteronomy 8:11-14); Carnality (1 Corinthians 3:1-5); Unbelief (Matthew 13: 58😎

In conclusion, the following points should be noted,
(1😎 Prepare a workable time- table that will include personal Bible study period.
(2) Study your Bible regularly with all seriousness.
(3) The study should be done in a quiet environment.
(4) Avoid places and objects of distraction.
(5) Note down areas of confusion or areas you are not clear with and ask matured Christian leaders for clarification.
(6) Pray before and after the study.

Questions

(1😎 Mention: (a) the first five books in the Bible (b) Five of the Pauline Epistles.
(2) What methods can one adopt in studying the Bible?
(3) Outline some of the points to look for in Character Study
(4) To effectively benefit from the study of the Bible, (i) what are the hindrances to remove?
(ii) How should we organize ourselves?
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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Mon, 23 Aug, 2021 - 07:28:54:am GMT

Study 8
DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE
John 8:3; Matthew 16:24; John 15: 5
Matthew 4:19; 11: 28-30; 1 Peter 2:21

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and follow me: If you continue in my words, then are ye my disciples indeed” (Matthew 4:19; 11: 28-30; 16:20; John 8:31) From these words that proceeded out of the lips of Jesus, it is very clear that our calling as the true believers in Christ is a call to discipleship and service. Discipleship and service are inseparable twins. We are saved out the world of darkness and pollution to follow Christ, the truth and the light (John 14:6) He has also chosen and ordained us that we should go forth and bear fruits, and that our fruits should remain (John 15: 16)
Discipleship involves believing, learning, following and continuing in Christ and His words (Matthew 11:28-30; John 8: 30,31) On the other hand, service involves preaching the gospel to sinners, caring for the body of Christ either by serving as an Usher, Fellowship officer, Choir member, etc. (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28: 19,20) Both old and young converts must count the cost of discipleship and be ready to pay the price (Luke 14:33; Matthew 16:24)

1. CONDITIONS OF DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE
(Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:26; John 15: 36)

It is one thing to believe in Christ but another thing to be a disciple of Christ. To be a disciple of Christ, apart from possessing salvation and other Christian experiences like sanctification and Holy Ghost baptism, the following conditions are imperative:

(i) Self- denial and Cross bearing: “ Then said Jesus unto the disciple, If any man will come after me, let him denial himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”( Matthew 16:25) In time of failure, persecution, sickness, trial of faith or time of success, joy or testimony, a disciple must deny himself of any comfort to follow Christ. Like Paul the apostle, you must be determined that nothing will separate you from the love of Christ (Romans 8: 35-39)

(ii) Renunciation: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple( Luke 14:26) A disciple of Christ must not allow affection for friends, mates, parents or neighbours to hinder him from following and working in His way or serving Him on daily basis.

(iii) Steadfastness: “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my words, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31) To be a disciple of Jesus, you must hear and learn during Bible study, Sunday service, Thursday Revival and Evangelism Training Service, Youth Home Success Fellowship, etc. You must continue to do the same and not be a forgetful hearer but doers of the word (James 1:22)

(iv) Fruitfulness: “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8) A true disciple must bear fruit of righteousness, holiness of life and other fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22; Hebrews 12:14😎 He must also bear fruit of soul winning (Matthew 28:19) This can be through personal evangelism, distribution of tracts, and Christian magazines like Youth Life, praying for the salvation of sinners, and following up the converts, inviting friends and mates to church services, Retreats, Success Camp, Home success Fellowship and School Fellowship ( John 1:40-46; 4:28-30)
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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Mon, 23 Aug, 2021 - 07:30:10:am GMT

Study 8
DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE
John 8:3; Matthew 16:24; John 15: 5
Matthew 4:19; 11: 28-30; 1 Peter 2:21

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and follow me: If you continue in my words, then are ye my disciples indeed” (Matthew 4:19; 11: 28-30; 16:20; John 8:31) From these words that proceeded out of the lips of Jesus, it is very clear that our calling as the true believers in Christ is a call to discipleship and service. Discipleship and service are inseparable twins. We are saved out the world of darkness and pollution to follow Christ, the truth and the light (John 14:6) He has also chosen and ordained us that we should go forth and bear fruits, and that our fruits should remain (John 15: 16)
Discipleship involves believing, learning, following and continuing in Christ and His words (Matthew 11:28-30; John 8: 30,31) On the other hand, service involves preaching the gospel to sinners, caring for the body of Christ either by serving as an Usher, Fellowship officer, Choir member, etc. (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28: 19,20) Both old and young converts must count the cost of discipleship and be ready to pay the price (Luke 14:33; Matthew 16:24)

1. CONDITIONS OF DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE
(Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:26; John 15: 36)

It is one thing to believe in Christ but another thing to be a disciple of Christ. To be a disciple of Christ, apart from possessing salvation and other Christian experiences like sanctification and Holy Ghost baptism, the following conditions are imperative:

(i) Self- denial and Cross bearing: “ Then said Jesus unto the disciple, If any man will come after me, let him denial himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”( Matthew 16:25) In time of failure, persecution, sickness, trial of faith or time of success, joy or testimony, a disciple must deny himself of any comfort to follow Christ. Like Paul the apostle, you must be determined that nothing will separate you from the love of Christ (Romans 8: 35-39)

(ii) Renunciation: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple( Luke 14:26) A disciple of Christ must not allow affection for friends, mates, parents or neighbours to hinder him from following and working in His way or serving Him on daily basis.

(iii) Steadfastness: “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on him, If you continue in my words, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31) To be a disciple of Jesus, you must hear and learn during Bible study, Sunday service, Thursday Revival and Evangelism Training Service, Youth Home Success Fellowship, etc. You must continue to do the same and not be a forgetful hearer but doers of the word (James 1:22)

(iv) Fruitfulness: “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8) A true disciple must bear fruit of righteousness, holiness of life and other fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22; Hebrews 12:14) He must also bear fruit of soul winning (Matthew 28:19) This can be through personal evangelism, distribution of tracts, and Christian magazines like Youth Life, praying for the salvation of sinners, and following up the converts, inviting friends and mates to church services, Retreats, Success Camp, Home success Fellowship and School Fellowship ( John 1:40-46; 4:28-30)
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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Mon, 23 Aug, 2021 - 07:32:39:am GMT

2. COUNTLESS PROMISED BLESSINGS TO THE TRUE DISCIPLE
Hosea 6:3; John 8:12, 32; 10:27; 21:22; Psalm 37:23;

The following blessings await the true disciples and followers of Christ:
(i) Spiritual Knowledge: “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” (Hosea 6: 3) As we follow Christ and learn of Him, the promise of being taught of the Lord will be fulfilled in us (Isaiah 54:13; Ephesians 3:18-20)

(ii) Spiritual Light: “The spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world, he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12) A true disciple of Christ will have enough spiritual light in him to detect error and false teaching. He will not be deceived by false teachers and preachers that parade schools, homes, streets and churches.

(iii) Guidance of the Small still voice: “My sheep hear my voice”(John 10:27; Psalm 37:23) The Lord will guide you in all your decisions.

(iv) Heavenly honour: “If any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 14:23) A true disciple and servant will be honoured by God on this earth and also in Heaven. On earth, his prayer will be answered, he will have all round success and in heaven, he will be given a crown of life, a crown of righteousness and mansions (John 14:12-15; 111John 2; Psalm 1:1-6; 11Timothy 4:8)


3. CALL TO FIRM DETERMINATION TO BE A TRUE DISCIPLE
1 Peter 2:21; Matthew 4:19; 11:28-30,16:24
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal His Son in me that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately, I conferred not with flesh and blood …” (Galatians 1:15) “ I am with Christ: nevertheless I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20) Fellow brethren, here is a call coming to you to make a firm declaration and commitment as well as determination to be a true disciple of Christ and serve Him to the end like Paul did.
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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Wed, 25 Aug, 2021 - 08:00:14:am GMT

Study 9
WORLDLINESS AND WORLDLY AMUSEMENTS
1John 2:12-17; Isaiah 3:16-26; James 4:4

The scripture warns the believers against the great danger of worldliness. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him” (1John2:15)

We cannot profess to love God and love what He hates- friendship with the world.

We are either for God or for the world and its prince-Satan. Worldliness can be defined as a lifestyle patterned according to the ungodly customs, standards, principles, norm and traditions of the world in language, ambitions, plans, dressing, desires and entire lifestyle.

On the other hand, worldly amusements are the various ways by which the sinful people of the world spend their free time, Such as attending cinema houses, watching Television and home video, engaging in games and sports that expose them to evil practice and conduct.

Worldliness also includes:
(i) having boy friend/ girl friend relationship
(ii) desiring to have what others have by all means
(iii) smoking and drinking alcohol
(iv) dressing to attract attention such as wearing of trousers by girls, wearing backless mini, putting on jewelry such as earrings, neck chains, finger rings and the use of make-ups such as powder, lipsticks, and so on.(v) wanting to be a popular boy or girl by barbing hair-styles that are common to some popular musicians, boxers, etc.
(vi) attending parties and dancing to worldly music.
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Re: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING by: Peekaboo(f) .:. Wed, 25 Aug, 2021 - 08:01:46:am GMT

Believers must shun worldliness and worldly amusements in all ways of life, conversation, comportments, amusements, affection, aspiration, ambition and thoughts.

We must be separated from the world in all its system and practice as obedient children. The world is not our standard because we are of Christ and He is our only example. Jesus said, “… for the prince of this world cometh, and has nothing in me” (John 14:30) . Will Satan find anything in you?

“God giveth grace”. Thus, if discover that we have been soaked in worldliness and worldly amusements, our prayer to God should be, “Take us the little foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vine: for our vines have tender grapes” (Songs of Solomon 2:15)

We need to consecrate and yield our ALL to the Lord to be free within and without from all forms of worldliness and worldly amusements. Then, can we be vessels meet for the Master’s use and saints that are rapture- ready.
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