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Thanks to all who sent in questions. The following question and answer has been selected for posting:
Amy S. asks,
"What is a disciple?"
The word "disciple" literally means "learner", one who learns from a master. A student who learns from a teacher. To be a disciple we need to learn from our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is significant there is not just one record of the life of Jesus in the New Teatsment but rather four. It is important that we read these regularly and become more familiar with the life of Jesus. The early disciples saw the miracles that Jesus did and were convinced that Jesus was sent by God. They heard the gospel message and believed the words spoken by Jesus that they were from God (John14:10). Jesus tells us "to come to him and learn from him" (Mat. 11:28-30). Jesus told his disciples just before he went into heaven to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned"(Mk.16:15-16). A true disciple of Jesus not only believes the gospel but washes away his sins in a symbolic death and resurrection in the waters of baptism. But this is only the start because Jesus says "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Mat.16:24). Putting away what we want and rather doing what God wants is what is necessary for a disciple. "Then the king will say to those on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; in prision and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you,inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."(Mat.25:31-46). Belief and baptism and living a life of sacrifice and service is what is necessary to be a true disciple of Jesus.
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