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06 The Discipleship Cross- A tool for spiritual development

 

We pray that you have enjoyed this mini 6 video series.

These videos unpacked The Discipleship Cross which as you will know by now, is a tool to help you become more like Jesus, holistically.

The ultimate call for all believers is to “Follow Me” - that's what Jesus said, right? Have you ever considered that “Follow Me” is essentially Jesus' invitation to,  “Be like Me”?

We encourage you to get your teeth into The Discipleship Cross and then set goals in each of its 4 areas. By doing so you will ensure that you don’t just develop your Jesus-likeness in the areas you are most comfortable with, or most passionate about, but that you develop in every area of life, in a way that allows you to be like Him.

Be blessed!

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05 How do I develop in my influence in the world?

 
By now you will know that The Discipleship Cross is a framework or a tool that takes the guess work out of what Jesus-likeness looks like. By developing in each of the 4 parts of The Discipleship Cross, we consequently develop spiritually and become more like Jesus.
 
The last part of The Discipleship Cross focuses on developing our Influence in the World. We are salt and light. Our influence comes from putting our love into action. We are called to love our fallen world just like Jesus did. Influencing our world looks like witnessing to the lost, discipling believers and multiplying disciples.
 
Q: How are you being like Jesus and Influencing your World? You can do this by caring for those God places on your heart, praying for them and then responding to the Holy Spirit’s prompts towards them.
 
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04 How do I develop in my relationship with believers?

 
By now you will know that The Discipleship Cross is a framework or a tool that takes the guess work out of what Jesus-likeness looks like. By developing in each of the 4 parts of The Discipleship Cross, we consequently develop spiritually and become more like Jesus.
 
The third part of The Discipleship Cross focuses on developing our Relationship with Believers.
 
We are created for, and called to a life of loving relationships with other Believers. Loving other Believers and seeing them as members of the body of Christ is a definite feature of the Christian brand. John 13:34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
 
Jesus had His 12 disciples but He also had His inner circle of 3. He modelled intimate relationships of support and challenge. We are not simply called to love the wider body of Christ and to engage in...
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03 How do I develop in my inner life?

 
By now you will know that The Discipleship Cross is a framework or a tool that takes the guess work out of what Jesus-likeness looks like. By developing in each of the 4 parts of The Discipleship Cross, we consequently develop spiritually and become more like Jesus.
 
The second part of The Discipleship Cross focuses on developing our Inner Life. Our Inner Life refers to our life behind closed doors. It relates to the deep things that are not always seen by others; the secret compartments of our life.
 
As disciples, we are called for, and called to a life of integrity and wholeness in our inner life. The Apostle Peter encourages the disciples to invest the effort into becoming more like Jesus. In 2 Peter 1:5-6 Peter writes, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.” The word “godliness” is a...
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02 How do I develop in my relationship with God?

 
The Discipleship Cross - Developing our Relationship with God
 
In the last post, we explained that The Discipleship Cross is a framework or a tool that takes the guess work out of what Jesus-likeness looks like. By developing in each of the 4 parts of The Discipleship Cross, we consequently develop spiritually and become more like Jesus.
 
The first part of The Discipleship Cross focuses on developing our Relationship with God.
 
Jesus had an intimate relationship with His Father, and we too are created for, and called to intimacy with our Heavenly Father. This section of The Discipleship Cross is all about knowing, pleasing and delighting God’s heart so that we may grow in a deeper and heartfelt love and obedience towards Him.
 
Jesus told us that the most important command is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
 
The Discipleship Cross...
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01 How do I develop spiritually?

 
Introducing you to The Discipleship Cross
 
The Discipleship Cross is the GenJ spiritual development framework. It is a tool used to summarise Jesus-likeness in 4 clear areas. It helps disciples and disciple-makers develop holistically in all areas of life, in order to become more and more Jesus-like.
 
The Discipleship Cross takes the guess work out of what Jesus-likeness looks like.
 
As disciples, we can often gravitate towards developing in areas that we are passionate about. For example, if someone is passionate about reaching the lost, they would likely spend a large portion of their time connecting with non-believers, conversing or preaching about salvation and evangelism topics and praying for those who don’t yet know Jesus. Whilst this is great, it is only ONE area of the life Jesus modelled to us.
 
In order for us to be like Jesus, we have got to become like Him in every area of life. That’s where The Discipleship Cross comes in. You will...
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Consequences of Sin

 

It is unbiblical to assume that once we are saved by Jesus, we don't need to get too obsessed or stressed with sin and holiness and we are told that it's all about grace and to stop being so legalistic.

This is not a new argument pertinent to our era. In the New Testament church, some people misconstrued the free grace of God and used it as a license to live an ungodly lifestyle. Paul confronted them in Romans 6:1-2:

"Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!"

Let's be clear about this... God hates sin and He doesn't sweep it under the rug.  

So are there consequences for sin? There sure are! There's eternal punishment for those who don't accept Jesus and there's also eventual discipline for those who continually walk in disobedience. 

1. Eternal Punishment

For those who haven’t accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord- the consequences of their lifestyle of sin is eternal punishment. The wages of sin is death, but the...

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Believers' Attitude Towards Sin

 

Do you know that God's will for us is our sanctification? (1 Thessalonians 4:7)

That’s why God teaches us to say no to ungodliness (Titus 2:11-13). True believers pursue holiness wholeheartedly - not out of a sense of obligation, but out of a heart of gratitude.

The attitude of an authentic believer towards sin will look like the following:

1. They will recognise that they are dead to sin and the influence of sin. They see that through the cross, Jesus has set them free from slavery to sin.

2. They will rely in the Spirit to empower them to put to death the misdeeds of their sinful nature and to empower their pursuit of righteousness. They offer themselves as instruments to righteousness, one decision at a time.

3. They will resist sin and flee from lust with all their God-given self control and grit.

4. They will repent when they sin and trust God to forgive, cleanse and restore to them the joy of His salvation.

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Life of Sanctification

 

Once we’ve received Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are invited to emulate His example and live like Him in the world (1 John 2:3-6 & 4:17).

Admittedly, we can’t live like Jesus through our own abilities. But we can collaborate with the Spirit who works in us to will and to do what is pleasing to God (Philippians 2:13). 

The process of our lifelong transformation requires us to embrace our new divine nature, as well as pursue Christlikeness as our ultimate calling.

As we look in the mirror of God's Word, we catch a glimpse of our potentiality. Potentiality refers to who we can become. When we catch this image of our future-self, it motivates us to make daily choices that are consistent with our Jesus-like nature. 

As we surrender to the Spirit’s desire and control, He begins to shape and manifest Jesus in our everyday lifestyles.

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