Find True Identity Discipleship
WHAT IS IT?
Consider Matthew 28:16-20
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
And when they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some doubted.
And Jesus came and said to them,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
NHE has designed its Find True Identity Discipleship around the answer to this question—
What is True Discipleship?
The 20th century Church divided Matthew 28:19-20 into two Christian disciplines: evangelism and discipleship. And there’s nothing wrong with this distinction. However, Jesus’ commission—i.e., His instruction—is a single command—go and make disciples.
Yes, this command seems multifaceted, but on closer inspection of the biblical language we see that making disciples begins with introducing others to Jesus for both getting saved and living saved. Discipleship is only about salvation—the saving of God's people—justification, sanctification, and glorification—the getting saved and the living saved.
TRUE DISCIPLESHIP INCLUDES THREE THINGS
An Introduction—introducing an unbelieving and also the believing world to Jesus and His Gospel—His death, burial, resurrection, and enthronement—so that others might repent and believe. So that others might get saved and learn to live saved. The Gospel begins with an introduction
An Immersion—baptism is twofold: 1) there's the physical baptism in water as the symbol of the new Life we received the moment we repented and believed; the tender and responsive NewHeart we now have toward God and His Word... and 2) the spiritual drowning of those who repent and believe into Jesus’ Life and His Word for living the Christian Life successfully… and—
An Instruction—teaching those, who repent and believe, to respond to God’s Word in the obedience of continual repentance and belief… by helping the saved
EMBRACE Jesus, not only as our:
Sovereign Lord… but also as—
Forgiving Lamb... and—
ENSUE Jesus’ as our:
All-wise Leader… and—
Light-Source of Grace & Truth... so, we might—
ENJOY Jesus’ as the:
Perfect Lover of our Souls
…again and again and again… forever! (Psalm 16:11).
TO THAT END...
NHE's Find True Identity Discipleship offers such an opportunity. An opportunity to surrender to God's call to repent and believe (Mark 1:15), with a repentance that leads to a Life of saving faith in Jesus Christ (Act 11:18). In other words, we get saved to live saved. We are set free to learn how to live free. To that end, as God's children, we dive deeply into His Word. Into His Gospel. For in and through the Gospel—Jesus—changes how we think, choose, and feel about God and others, about ourselves and our struggles. When repentance ignites our hearts with a Life of saving faith, we embark upon the exciting adventure—a journey of spiritual growth and wellbeing. Learning to live from Jesus’ Life within.
SO, WHAT IS TRUE DISCIPLESHIP?
It's making disciples. It’s all about using God’s Word to:
SHOW — EXPOSE — CORRECT — TRAIN
Connecting others to Jesus and His Word, as our one and only source for right living. As you explore these pages, I hope you find deeper answers to that most important question. What is true discipleship?