True Discipleship: The Elements Pt. 3
We have been putting our focus directly onto discipleship for the past few weeks and it’s been a much- needed study. The root of discipleship falls onto one word, can anyone tell me this word? Love, love is the root of discipleship but it’s not the type of love that you think that it is. See love that breeds discipleship comes from the Ruach or the Holy Spirit. Many times, you have heard me use myself as an example of a person that didn’t know what love is before I knew who Messiah was. Then I learned what love is through Messiah. Messiah taught me how to love my wife, child, mother and others who I have held a bit of hatred for, but most importantly, it taught how to desire to love others that need to find their way into the body of Messiah.
Last week, we learned a lot about the intention of discipleship and it does deal with love as the root, but it held so many different aspects. Today, we will discover how the Holy Spirit guides in discipleship. Some of you may think that love is everything that is needed but I promise you this, love is only a step, there is so much more required to be a discipling partner in the body of Messiah. What I mean by partner directly correlates with the relationship with the Messiah that we have. When I look at my wife, I am looking at my partner that helps me stand strong. Messiah doesn’t need me to help Him stand strong, but I need Him to be my partner in developing more individuals into His family. It is what we are called to do. It is what we must do. So, let’s get started on what we are discussing today.
When we start to talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in our walk to make disciples, we must see the purpose of this Spirit. The main purpose is to point our heart back to Yeshua and to lead all the ones who are brought into all truth. The whole “church” or body of Messiah is based on the chief cornerstone who is recognized as Yeshua the Messiah. With truth being the goal of the Spirit, we need to apply that goal to our discipleship process in the proper format. We have learned a bit of formula and after this section of the discipleship series, we will learn 9 ways to uncomplicate the discipleship process but that’s for another time.
26 “But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you.
Yeshua says that the Spirit will teach us. The Spirit will remind us of what Yeshua says. The Spirit is known by the influence it has on our lives. We may not see, interact or have direct correlation with the Spirit but we will have the invisible presence of the Spirit that will turn our hearts to Yeshua, it will inspire us to trust and follow Yeshua each day we set out as a believer. Shavuot is the time in which the Spirit descended upon the apostles and many have interpreted Yeshua’s words to display this even as a strong wind. We see this in
John 3:8, where Yeshua says, 8 “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who has been born of the Spirit.” That’s the exact characteristic of the Spirit that we need to understand and how it works in discipleship. We cannot see the wind itself but when it does blow, we can notice its effects. For example, that morning you are late getting out the door for an appointment and you bump into someone who you feel drawn to spread truth to is the movement of the Spirit in your life. With that said, the elemental part of the Spirit is to guide those of us who listen to its move and direction. This requires that we completely submit ourselves to the Father to be able to be led by the Spirit. It will help us to disciple in the manner that is defined throughout scripture.
Going back to my earlier statement that love is just a step. I really mean that love is just a step as is submission, listening and obedience. The Holy Spirit is love and is truth, it represents Yeshua’s love and truth. With that said, anything done outside of love is worthless, it’s nothing. Love is the basis of discipleship. To have love is to have the Holy Spirit, otherwise, all your works are for nothing. Therefore, when we come to the faith of the Messiah, we are introduced to the Spirit and are being made a renewed creature. What happens next helps shape our discipleship approach. The conviction, struggles, changes, weaknesses and more will build in us, the Messiah’s way of living. This is discipleship at it’s finest. We were the lost and the Spirit discipled us through faith. We go out and share that experience. As we come to be in the Messiah and learn to stay in the Spirit in our walk, the works of the Messiah through us will encourage us to make disciples by telling other about our experiences and about the Messiah. Through us, Messiah will work to produce that fruit that will be there eternally.
4 “Stay in Me, and I stay in you. As the branch is unable to bear fruit of itself, unless it stays in the vine, so neither you, unless you stay in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who stays in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit. Because without Me you are able to do naught!
Before I continue, I will say this one thing, when we read about Paul and his battle against the flesh, we see a man that is chosen to build the body of Messiah in a battle. He is struggling mightily against his flesh, against the law of sin and death. This is a very telling event that Paul is displaying. I want to elaborate on this because so many people think that this walk must always be perfect. They think that screwing up is an abomination. They think we must be perfect. Let me show you that the bible tells us differently.
15 For what I work, I know not. For what I wish, that I do not practise, but what I hate, that I do.
21 But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets,
22 and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference,
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
24 being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע,
25 whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before,
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע.
Paul is saying that we are sinful creatures and we have sin in us and that sin is in the works of the flesh. The law or the Torah of the Old Covenant which is done without love for the Messiah and our brethren is for us a stumbling block because, in truth, we keep Torah in error, which is without love. But we have been bought for we were sold through sin purchased by Messiah Yeshua.
Romans 7:14 says, For we know that the Torah is Spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin. Albeit this section of scripture says much more than what I am approaching today, we are directly focusing on the message today. Since we were sold under sin it means we are not perfect. Paul says what I hate, that I do. Paul is showing us that we will battle the flesh, we will battle the law of sin and death while we wear these meat suits.
Matthew 24:13 says, “But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved. As this is true, in this time, in this season, we must learn, keyword, learn to live in Messiah.
Hebrews 10:16 says, “This is the covenant that I shall make with them after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I shall write them,” Yet, we will always make mistakes. I will make mistakes. Bubba Joe will make mistakes. How else do you learn to live in Messiah without making mistakes and feeling conviction?
John 16:13 says, “But when He comes, the Spirit of the Truth, He shall guide you into all the truth. For He shall not speak from Himself, but whatever He hears He shall speak, and He shall announce to you what is to come.” Do you not think that the Spirit will tell you that what you are doing is wrong? Do you not think that if you do wrong, the Spirit will convict you and show you that you must repent and ask forgiveness for the transgression? It will change you and mold you into the person that the Father wants you to be. Paul says in
Philippians 1:4-6, In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy, for your fellowship in the Good News from the first day until now, being persuaded of this, that He who has begun a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of יהושע Messiah.” Meaning it is a work that will continue to mold us until we die, or He comes back. This is what makes discipleship such a powerful tool because it is the work of the Holy Spirit inside each one of us who declares that they are servants of the Most High, willing and able to be a vessel in this life for His work and to His glory.
John 12:26 says, “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me. And where I am, there My servant also shall be. If anyone serves Me, the Father shall value him.” The Holy Spirit makes discipleship possible because it is Yeshua’s spirit directing us and correlates directly back to the first element we covered, YESHUA.
Bringing all this to light, there are situations that come to us where we can find ourselves condemning others because they didn’t act according to our own idea of scripture behavior or they handle themselves inappropriately. When we do this, we take away from the body of Messiah. Most believers who have the Spirit dwelling in them, will humble themselves before their brethren in remorse for forgiveness. For some of those it will take the power of the Father to humble them before they come to the one they have wronged and become humbled before them.
James 4:10 reads, Humble yourselves in the sight of the Master, and He shall lift you up.” It is those that know not of humbling oneself, are those who will be brought down. No pastor, teacher, preacher, evangelist, etc….is higher than any of you out there. Therefore, it is emphasized that you, the audience, go out and make disciples and not only just those appointed to teach. You are here listening to this message, the Spirit is reaching out to you, calling you to His purpose, this is His purpose. Guiding you to deliver whatever word He gives to whoever it is that crosses your path. Remove your shyness, take away the pressure, release the fear and deliver the Word to strangers that come into your life. Listen, listen, listen.
Next week, we will cover the next element which is the bible. Do we have any questions?