Is your Church producing quality disciples?
Jesus had crowds follow him around with their feet, but not many people followed with their hearts. They were practically just there for the show. Doesn’t that feel like most church attendees nowadays… practically just there for the show?
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When Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, he gave a clear picture of the characteristics of a true disciple through the Beatitudes. He told the crowd that these are the qualities of those who follow him with their hearts, and not just their feet.
Check out the list that Jesus gives us to evaluate and measure how many true disciples you have as well as how well you are developing true disciples!
9 Things A True Disciple Will Do
(This list is based on approaching Matthew 5:1-12 with the principle approach to scripture.)
- Will be solely for God, and not themselves.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (5:3)
- Will desire and need God.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (5:4)
- Will humble themselves.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” (5:5)
- Will hunger for what is good for God, and no themselves.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (5:6)
- Will not be seeking out their own justice.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (5:7)
- Will not be divided in heart.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (5:8)
- Will be about God’s agenda.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (5:9)
- Will give good and receive bad, and still do it.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (5:10)
- Will look like Jesus.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (5:11-12)