Sunday, January 1, 2023

Bible Study with the Cincotti's - Make Disciples - 01/01/2023

Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 01/01/2023

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Make Disciples!


“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Mt. 28:19,20


         Discipleship has become a sort of buzz word for contemporary Christianity. There are scores of books, seminars, and discipleship training courses that can be engaged with. They have value. We should try whatever it takes to fulfill the above verse of Scripture. But there is a degree to which discipleship should be, not just taught, but caught.


It’s built upon the premise of relationship; in this case a student/teacher relationship.


It comes from a collection of Greek words (G3129) meaning “a learner”; or (G3101) “pupil”

In the Old KJ, the above verse is translated, “Go ye therefore, and teach (G3100) all nations,”


         We are aware from the gospels, that Jesus drew His disciples into a following that involved approximately three years of traveling, ministering, listening, engaging, and even striking out and trying on their own. We are familiar mostly with the twelve, but also here of the “seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face..” Lk. 10:1 & 17. And also the “hundred and twenty” in the upper room, of Acts 1:12-15


         In this relationship an impartation takes place, the act of imparting something (such as knowledge or wisdom). We see and example of this in II Ki. 2:9,  Where Elisha asked of his master Elijah a, “double portion of your spirit be upon me.”

Also see I Ki. 19:19-21, the calling of Elisha


         Years ago our pastor told the leaders that we should all be discipling twelve people. Later he reduced that to three. Now he says that we should all be discipling someone. Because of the level of intimacy and time commitment, discipling can be challenging.


In Mt. 4:18-22 we see a snapshot of how Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John to be His disciples, and how they “left their nets” and followed Him.


The teacher or “master” (didaskalos), also “rhabbi”  had something that the pupil desperately desired. In Jn. 1:35-42 we also see how James and John were John the Baptists disciples and went over to Jesus.


         We can’t miss that “discipline” is a form of the word “disciple”. Our Christian disciplines include reading the Scripture, meditating upon it (Ps. 119:15, I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways”); and memorize it (Ps. 119:11,Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You”)

We also pray and worship, both publicly and privately, but the dynamic of discipleship is still a necessary component in a Christians life.


         Consider an athlete who is very talented in his or hers’ own right through personal discipline, but yet requires a coach to both integrate them into the team, and see in them what they can’t see in  themselves.


         Discipleship, in the Christian life, should be liken to the Sea of Galilee, teaming with life. It has an inlet and an outlet. Jesus said, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Mt. 10:8


We should all be discipled and discipling others at the same time.

This drives us into relationship with one another.

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