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Profession of Faith - Not Just Confession

Profession of Faith - Not Just Confession
Becoming Disciplers of Christ

And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch. After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples. Acts 18:22-23 (NKJV)

As we travel through Book of Acts we see a common theme of Paul traveling to various cities to preach the Gospel message.  Many people believe and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.   But Paul would not stop once these people became converts, his heart was to make disciples of Jesus Christ followers.  This was after all what Jesus had commanded.

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, Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

Paul knew anyone could confess Christ, but for a person to truly make their profession being Christ-like they would first need to be discipled before they could go out and disciple others and replicate themselves.  And this is true for us as well; we too, must be willing to be discipled so we can grow in our Christian maturity.  And we too, must be willing to spend time discipling others in their walk.  

All too often we can feel as though we are finished once we've shared Jesus with someone resulting in their being saved - but this is just the beginning.  This is because when someone becomes a new believer they are very much a new baby.  And in the same way we would take care of a newborn baby once it has been born, we should also nurture and take care of the new believer.  

One of the ways we can help disciple others is to get them into reading the Word of God.  When we open the Bible and read the passages of Scripture, it begins to renew our mind and transform us to be more like Christ.  It is like taking a shower to wash off all the dirt the enemy has soiled our life with.  This is exactly what Peter was speaking to the new believers about as recorded in 1 Peter 2.

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:1-3 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to read your Bible each and every day.  Seek the Lord for the pure milk of His Word so you may be transformed in every way.  Ask the Lord to allow you to share what you are reading with others, and make it your choice to disciple others in their Christian walk.  Don't allow the enemy to tempt you to think you are not qualified because this is a lie.  You have the Holy Spirit to guide you and lead you in every step just ask Him.

STUDY QUESTION: What are we told as believers to lay aside and to desire in 1 Peter 2:1-3?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to lay aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking and to desire the pure milk of the Word so you may grow in your Christian walk?

APPLICATION: Make a commitment to be discipled and to disciple others today

Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for renewing my mind and transforming me.  Help me to understand and remember all that I read today.  Help me to apply it to my life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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