At the end of my first blog, I asked myself was I up for the challenge of becoming someone who could disciple a new Christian? Are my foundations solid and in good repair and does my life reflect Jesus?
A couple of years ago we had a conservatory built onto our bungalow. I watched as the footings were put in place. It was a very messy business, mud everywhere, a lot of hard work for the man digging and mixing the concrete.
The dictionary’s definition of footings is ‘the basis or foundation on which anything is established’. Sounds pretty important to me!
I heard mention while listening to some teaching by Andrew Wommack of a study guide he had written with a friend, Don W Krow, entitled “The Complete Discipleship Evangelism: 48 (yes 48!) lesson course”. I just had to have it! (Those of you who know me well will understand.) So I sent for it immediately! It arrived on Friday so I got stuck in (June the 25th getting ever closer).
There are 3 levels in the study each with 16 lessons. They look very exciting, I have to say. Permission is given to copy the lessons for discipleship purposes, so if anyone is interested just ask. I hope to share something of what I am learning but I have to remember this is a blog not a thesis!
The title of the first lesson is Eternal Life. ‘That’s not where I would have started’, I thought to myself. Not a good start. However, I heard a gentle whisper ‘that’s where I started’. How true, Father’s plan from the beginning was the offer of eternal life to Adam and Eve who had been made in His image.
Simeon reminded us on a Sunday recently of what happened when they made the catastrophic choice to listen to the enemy, ‘for in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive’ (1 Cor 15:22).
So God did not create us to be redeemed, He made us to experience eternal life with Him as our loving Heavenly Father. Jesus did die for our sins it’s true but He also rose again that we might experience the everlasting love and life He originally planned for us right here and now, along with the knowledge we will live with Him in Heaven after our bodies wear out, see John 3:14-16.
Jesus said the night before He died as He was talking to His father ‘this is eternal life, that they might know You the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent’. What does it mean to know Him? I know the Queen I know where she lives I know how many children and grandchildren she has, I have followed her life from the day I watched her coronation on our neighbours TV but I don’t really know her. She wouldn’t invite me round for tea and if I invited her to my house, she probably wouldn’t even see the invitation.
How amazing is this ‘behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me’ (Rev 3:20)? Who needs an invitation from the Queen when we have one from the King? What an invitation!
Jesus reminded us in John 10:10 that the enemy had come to steal, kill and destroy but He had come that we might have life, an abundant life. Many people today are living in poverty, strife, rejection, hurt, depression, sickness, confusion, failed relationships and fear, to name but a few. We know the answer and His name is Jesus.
This first study ends with seven questions to answer, I will leave you with one to ponder.
What are the attributes of an abundant life, or in my words what should an abundant life look like? What does my abundant life look like?
One discipleship lesson down, forty-seven to go. Actually I will be pleased if I can get to sixteen by June. 😄