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As a disciple of Jesus, have strong faith that Jesus’s teachings are true and that God has inspired the authors of the Bible

The Making of a Disciple
The Ingredients of Making a Disciple – Part V

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:24-28

Key Verse: John 14:21
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Another ingredient to making a disciple of Jesus is a strong faith that the teachings of Jesus are true and that God has inspired the Bible.

This ingredient is a mixture of both ideas for obvious reasons. How would we know Jesus’s teachings if we did not have the Bible? And if we have faith that Jesus’s teachings are true, then we must believe that God inspired the Bible.

True disciples of Jesus live abundant lives, full of deep joy, and remain peace-filled even in the face of horrific problems. There is only one explanation for this lifestyle: disciples strongly believe in Jesus’s teachings and know they can trust the Bible.

Unfortunately, many believers also do not live an abundant life and fall apart when encountering problems. These believers have not grown to a true disciple’s faith level.

A disciple is simply a believer who has grown into maturity.

Remember, we are not talking about who goes to heaven; all mature and immature believers go to heaven. The believers who are weak in faith go to heaven with lots of baggage from the worry and fear they have lived with. The good news is that they go to heaven without their baggage, joining the rest of God’s family and praising the amazing God who made it possible for us to spend eternity with Him.

I hope you get my point. You do not have to live your life with the world’s weight on your shoulders. You serve a powerful God. Read the inspired Word of God (the Bible); it will grow your faith (Romans 10:17).

As your faith grows stronger in the teachings and promises Jesus gives us, you worry less and drown out fears that rob you of God’s peace. You will feel the difference. People around you will sense the difference, and some may ask you for the reason for your hope:

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15b).

As you build your faith, you will see God move in ways that will help you trust Him even more. As you continue studying God’s Word, you strengthen your faith. When this happens, you grow into a mature follower of Christ, a true disciple.

God’s goal for every believer is to be strong in our faith so that we can be disciple-makers!

Father, help me to take time to read your Word. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.