March 18, 2021
In our previous weeks we have been covering “ Discipleship in Christ”. What is a disciple, how to become a disciple, what a disciple looks like, various aspects of suffering and witnessing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Now it’s time to put it all together to “walk the walk” and to “talk the talk” of discipleship.
Walk The Walk
What does it mean to walk the walk?
Here are some scriptures that tell us how we should walk:
Walk humbly – Micah 6:8, He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Walk in wisdom – Col. 4:5, 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Walk in Love – Ephesians 5:1-2
Walk as children of light – Eph. 5:8
Walk circumspectly being wise not foolish – Eph 5:15
Walk by faith – 2 Cor. 5:7
Walk not in darkness – John 8:12
Walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit – Romans 8:1
Walk pleasing God – 1 Thes. 4:1
These are just a few ways we should walk as disciples
Jesus said many times “Follow me”. What does it mean to “follow” Him?
Remember our definition of a disciple? A dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. Not just a follower but one who APPLIES what he has learned.
Matt. 16:24, Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Some examples in the Bible of men walking in the way of the Lord are David (a man after God’s own heart), Peter, and Paul. What examples did they show us?
Your walk as a disciple should be an example to others.
AS A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST, HOW HAVE YOU APPLIED WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED?
WHAT INFLUENCE DOES YOUR WALK HAVE ON YOUR FAMILY AND THOSE AROUND YOU?
TALK THE TALK
How do we talk as disciples of Christ?
Eph 5:4, neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks
Ephesians 4:29, Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
What is the best way we can speak to impart grace to others?
Let’s look at Paul and how he used his surrounding situation to speak the gospel of Jesus Christ: Acts 17:22-25, 22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
To talk the talk we need to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever and whenever we can. In the Book of Acts we see Stephen, Peter, and Paul boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ even under the threat of death. We need to be bold and courageous telling others about Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:9; Titus 2:11-15)
IS THERE ANYTHING HOLDING YOU BACK FROM SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH OTHERS?
HOW CAN THIS MEN’S MINISTRY HELP YOU TALK THE TALK AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST?
1 Thessalonians 2:4, But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
Mark 16:15, And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.