My Covenant With Jesus

My Covenant With Jesus

Disciples of Jesus begin their spiritual development process at conversion and continue until they fully achieve Christ’s likeness upon their personal translation. Throughout the journey, the believer grows in his/her relationship with Jesus and daily becomes more like Him in nature, character, and conduct.
(Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:13; II Peter 1:4; I John 3:2)

Jesus ordained me His disciple and established His covenant with me when I was baptized into His name on ________________________ and I received the Holy Spirit baptism on ___________________. Jesus committed that He would incorporate me into His eternal kingdom, and I commit henceforth and forever to love, serve, honor, and please my Lord. As His disciple, I will follow and obey my Lord, love fellow disciples, and try to disciple others.
(John 3:35; 15:16, 17)

 

 

 

Before meeting Jesus, life for me was

 

 

 

After walking with the Lord

 

 

 

 

Since my conversion, I have most noticeably enjoyed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along the journey, my faith in Jesus consistently grows as I walk in meekness and obedience. Although my faith comes under attack, I continue to trust my Lord and express my faith in appropriate Christlike behavior and actions
(James 2:17).

 

 

 

 

 

In my journey with Him, I’ve learned that Jesus wants me to wholeheartedly trust Him, and not waver nor doubt Him. On one occasion, I recall Him teaching me this lesson:

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus gives us meekness as one of the many expressions of our faith. In the spirit of meekness, I humbly embrace my Lord, His ways and manners, and I try to respond like Jesus in every situation. I ask Him before I answer, and I learn to rest upon Him. On one occasion like the following, I should have responded in more meekness rather than reacting as I did:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Disciple of Jesus

Discipleship
Discussion #1

  1. What does it mean to be a disciple?
  2. To faithfully follow Jesus, the disciple must maintain a healthy, living R____________________ with Him.
  3. What are the most important attitudes necessary in maintaining a healthy relationship?
  4. What is the single most important practice, action, or exercise in maintaining a healthy relationship?
  5. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:16, “I urge you to follow me” and I Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (NIV). Would you feel comfortable in telling someone this? Why or why not?
  6. Is there an area of your life that you should alter in order to enhance your relationship with Jesus and be a better example to others? How can you improve your relationship with Jesus?

 

 

 

A Disciple of Jesus

The Four Essential Disciplines for the Disciple
Discussion #2

  1. Read Hebrews 10:25. (1) How does attending church affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should come to church? (3) Why?
  2. Read Deuteronomy 17:19, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 4:4, John 5:39, and John 17:17. (1) How does Bible reading affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should read your Bible? (3) Why?
  3. Read II Chronicles 7:14, Matthew 7:7, Matthew 26:41, Luke 18:1, Philippians 4:6, I Thessalonians 5:17, and Jude 1:20. (1) How does prayer affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should pray? (3) Why?
  4. Read Matthew 17:21, Isaiah 58:5-6. (1) How does fasting affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (2) How often do you feel that you should fast? (3) Why?
  5. Read Isaiah 43:10, Acts 1:8, I Peter 3:15, Revelation 12:11. (1) What does it mean to be a witness? (2) How does witnessing affect your communication and relationship with Jesus? (3) How often do you feel that you should witness? (4) Why?
  6. As your conclusion, what four activities should you make apart of your Christian life? Will you commit to doing these four things regularly? Do you need to work on any activity discussed above?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY COVENANT WITH JESUS

A covenant is an agreement between two parties in which each party promises to the other to maintain certain pre-determined commitments. Both parties bond together and maintain the covenant by living according to their individual commitments. Jesus offers for all humanity to enter into a covenant with Him, in which He promises to grant everlasting life to those who commit to follow Him, obey Him, and become His disciples. Disciples of Jesus begin their spiritual development process at conversion and continue until they fully achieve Christ's likeness upon their personal translation. Throughout the journey, the believer grows in his/her relationship with Jesus and daily becomes more like Him in nature, character, and conduct.
(Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:13; II Peter 1:4; I John 3:2)

Jesus ordained me His disciple and established His covenant with me when I was baptized into His name on ________________________ and I received the Holy Spirit baptism on ___________________. Jesus committed that He would incorporate me into His eternal kingdom, and I commit henceforth and forever to love, serve, honor, and please my Lord. As His disciple, I commit to:

  1. Love God as the most meaningful and significant One in my life;
  2. Commune with my God in prayer every day;
  3. Read and receive spiritual strength from His word every day;
  4. Daily walk in the Light with my Lord Jesus, avoiding detrimental places and activities;
  5. Forgive others’ offenses, not holding a grudge against anyone;
  6. Love and fellowship others both within the church family and outside;
  7. Faithfully live as a follower of Jesus Christ and obey His commands;
  8. Attempt to disciple another person, inviting him/her into a discipleship relationship with Jesus and me.

 

Signed:__________________
Date:_________________
TO BE HIS DISCIPLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

The Disciple's Attitude toward Worldiness
Discussion #3

  1. Remember, discipleship involves a growing relationship with Jesus. Read Psalm 89:31-32, John 14:15, John 14:23, John 15:10. Does obedience affect your relationship with Him?
  2. Read 1 John 2:15, Colossians 3:2. Does love for God affect your desire for things of the world? What should your attitude be towards things of the world? Where should you place your affections? Do you feel affectionate toward anything of the world? If so, what should you do?
  3. Read Romans 8:7, John 15:18-19, I John 2:16-17, I Peter 5:8. Who are the three primary enemies of your soul? How should you battle each enemy (Read Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5, II Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 4:27)?
  4. What should your attitude be toward the world? Toward the devil? Toward appetites of the flesh? Toward sin? Toward the sinner?
  5. Love toward God should cause you to incline your heart and life toward Him and the things that please Him. Such affections affect your life in three primary categories: attitudes, actions, and appearance. What actions or changes should you make in your daily life that could positively affect your commitment to maintain purity and truth? Read I Corinthians 15:33; John 15:34-35; Colossians 3:2; and Philippians 4:8.

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Disciples: Baptized into Jesus name
Discussion #4

  1. Does the Bible indicate that a need for doctrine exists? Read Psalm 119:11; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 4:14-15; II Timothy 2:15; II Peter 3:18; John 17:3 and list scriptural benefits for doctrine:
  2. Why does a need for doctrine exist? Read Romans 8:7; Galatians 5:17; James 3:14-18 and list several reasons:
  3. Although human beings chose to divorce themselves from God, yet God continues to reach for mankind to restore him/her back into a vibrant relationship with Him. Read Genesis 2:17; Romans 3:23; 5:12, 19; 6:23; 8:7; II Peter 3:9; I Timothy 2:4 and summarize your findings:
  4. Two concepts of punishment apply to the consequence of mankind’s
    disobedience: spiritual death and physical death. God first restores the individual spiritually, and one day He will also restore physically – in the resurrection those who were made alive spiritually during their life on earth will experience a physical transformation (read I Corinthians 15:51-53). Therefore, obtaining spiritual life while physically living on earth emerges as the supreme objective within those who understand that an eternal era follows our temporal existence here. Like natural life started with birth, Jesus said
    that spiritual life also begins in birth. Read John 3:3,5-8; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:38 and list and define the two essential components of the spiritual, New Birth:Component                                                               Definition(1)(2)
  5. Familiarize yourself with the Water Baptism tract. Summarize your thoughts:
  6. Read Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21. Do you feel that baptism in Jesus Name is an essential element of your salvation?

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Disciples: Baptized into Jesus name
Discussion #5

  1. Read Acts 2:38 & John 3:3-8. Mark 16:16; I Peter 3:21. Do you feel that baptism in Jesus Name is an essential element of your salvation? List and define the two essential components of the New Birth:
  2. Component                                                               Definition(1)(2)
  3. The Bible records the early church’s history in Acts and reports only four times that the Holy Spirit fell upon believers. Each event demonstrates a unique dimension of the outpourings: Acts 2:1-4, the Jews receive the Holy Spirit; Acts 8:14-17, the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit; Acts 10:44-48, the Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit; and Acts 19:1-6, the converts of John the Baptist expanded their spiritual
    experience, were re-baptized into Jesus’ name, and received the Holy Spirit. Read each account above, and notice how Acts 2, 10, & 19 specifically make mention of tongues. (1) How does Acts 8 allude to the evidence of tongues in verse 18? (2) Can we assume that speaking in other tongues was the evidence that Simon sought to purchase, since tongues specifically occurred in the other three instances? (3)
    Therefore, with John 3:8 & Mark 16:17 support, can we assume that speaking with other tongues serves as the initial sign of the Holy Spirit’s baptism?(1)(2)(3)
  4. Read James 3:8. Why would tongues serve as the initial evidence of the Holy Spirit’s baptism?

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Return for His Disciples
Discussion #6

  1. Since God attempts to reconcile mankind to Himself and restore His and humanity’s relationship, God first restores people spiritually when they are born again of water and Spirit. One day, physical restoration will occur when God gathers His children physically and draws them unto himself. Read I Thessalonians 4:13-18, and notice the order of events: 1) God returns to the earth with the souls of the saints, 2) God gives those souls immortal bodies and the bodies arise from the grave, 3) God gives those alive special bodies and they too
    arise, 4) the new bodies of the dead & living in Christ meet in the air, 5) all saints meet Jesus in the cloud. This is known in Christianity as the rapture of the church. Read I Corinthians 15:51-53 and I John 3:2. Describe the new body.
  2. After the rapture of the church, the earth experiences horrible destruction. First, Read Matthew 7:15; 24:11,24, notice Jesus’ warning about the rise of false prophets in the last days,; read Daniel 9:27; II Thessalonians 2:1-12, and see how these false prophets will function. (1) Does this raise any concerns about ministries that have emerged in recent times? Next, read Matthew 24:21; Revelation 6:8, 12-16; 8:7-13; Joel 2:2 and other passages list. (2) Describe a summary.
  3. Finally, Jesus returns with those saints raptured (Jude 1:14) to restore peace on the earth that lasts for 1,000 years. Following the era of peace, Jesus judges the soul of every human being that has ever lived and grants them either eternal reward or eternal punishment. Read Revelation 20:11-15. What do you desire to hear on that day? Read Matthew 25:21,23.
  4. Read Isaiah 43:5-7 and Romans 8:11. What are the prerequisites to participate in the rapture? Does this agree with John 3:3-5?

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Jesus' Disciples Live Holy unto God
Discussion #7

  1. When God’s spirit enters the heart, the individual becomes an holy, habitation of God: a temple of God. Read I Corinthians 3:16-17; II Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:22.
  2. Since I am a holy temple of God, what does God expect from me? Read Luke 1:74-75; II Corinthians 7:1; I Peter 1:15-17; Hebrews 12:14
  3. Read Luke 11:24-26 and I Corinthians 3:16-17. What can happen to me if I don’t maintain the holiness that God made?
  4. Since holy God resides inside, I should desire that His holiness radiate through my attitudes, actions, and appearance. Read I Timothy 2:9 and I Peter 3:3-4. How can I allow Him to radiate through my appearance?
  5. Read Acts 1:8. How should Jesus radiate through our actions?
  6. Read Philippians 4:8; II Peter 3:10-12. What practical ways should you maintain your attitudes?

 

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Disciples Enter into Jesus" Kingdom where He Reigns
Discussion #8

  1. While I live as a good earthly citizen (Romans 13:1-8; I Peter 2:13-14), I realize that this world is not my home. My eternal citizenship is in heaven (Ephesians 2:19; 3:15), and God adopted me into this kingdom when I was spiritually born (Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:5). Read John 3:3-8 and Acts 2:38 and list the essential components of the New Birth.(1)(2)
  2. Read John 19:19; I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16. (1) Is Jesus a King? (2) What kind of attitude(s) should we have toward Him?
  3. Read Romans 5:12-21; 14:17. (1) How does King Jesus expect to reign in His kingdom? (2) List some other people, attitudes, habits, or things that want to reign in our lives.
  4. Review Discussions #2 and #7. List some action steps or positive behaviors that gives Jesus more reigning authority and power in our lives.
  5. Name some specific plans that would allow Jesus to better reign.

 

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Disciples Enjoy Jesus's Kingdom
Discussion #9

  1. Consider what the kingdom of God is like inside. Read Revelation 5:11-15. (1) How many deities (gods) sit upon the throne of the kingdom? (2) Who is this deity on the throne in Revelation? Read Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 42:8; 44:6,8; 45:5-6; Jeremiah 10:10-11; Mark 12:29. (3) How many Gods does the Bible teach exist?
  2. Consider the attributes and characteristics of God. He is omnipotent,
    omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, invisible, and infinite. He exists as eternal spirit (John 4:24). Can man relate and really associate with a being that is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, invisible, and infinite?
  3. Read I Timothy 3:16; what did God do therefore in order to relate and build a solid relationship with humankind?
  4. Read John 1:1-3, 14. Hence, two great truths: (1) There is One God; (2) This God robed Himself into a human body of flesh. The infinite, invisible, eternal God took upon Himself finite, visible, temporal, and mortal existence in a fleshly body. (Read Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3) God was in Jesus Christ (read II Corinthians 5:19), working and relating to humankind. Jesus termed the infinite, invisible, and eternal aspect of God as Father; He called the finite, visible, temporal, and mortal aspect of God as Son. Read John 10:9-10; (1) where did the Father dwell that did the works through Jesus Christ? (2) Did the One God reside within the human body of Christ and operate through him on earth? (3) Does this speak of one Person or three persons?
  5. Read Malachi 1:11 and Acts 4:12. How many names are given to mankind with which to relate to God and call upon Him? What is that name?
  6. In singular focus, you can approach, praise, petition, and worship this One Great God – Jesus! Read I Timothy 6:15; I Timothy 1:16-17; Jude 25.

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Giftededness and Ministry
Discussion #10

  1. Within His Kingdom where He functions as the sole potentate and ruler, Jesus Christ invites us to assume responsibility. Consider several points: (1) Jesus never gives responsibility without authority. (2) Jesus always gives the necessary gifts, talents, and abilities in order for us to exercise the responsibility through ministry. (3) Jesus
    always requires accountability for the responsibility and giftedness that He has given: Has the job been done? Read Matthew 25:14-30. Do you know your responsibility? Your gifts and abilities? Are you fulfilling your spiritual work, ministry, and vocation (Ephesians 4:1)?
  2. Read Mark 16:16-18; John 14:13; 16:23. Jesus said that we could exercise His authority in His _________?
  3. While God has given you particular gifts, talents, and abilities to fulfill your specific responsibility, every believer maintains one common responsibility. Read Acts 1:8 and II Corinthians 5:17-21. What is the common responsibility given to every believer?
  4. (1) What is an ambassador? (2) How does he/she function both inside and outside of the embassy? (3) How important is the embassy and the embassy family? (4) How does this correlate to the church and to the individual believer?
  5. Read Luke 17:7-10. Does fulfilling the particular duty related to the responsibility appease Jesus and satisfy His calling? Explain.

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Financial Stewardship
Discussion #11

  1. The Bible calls every disciple of the Kingdom of God a steward. This ancient word refers to the main servant or slave within a household during Bible days. He/she served as a manager over the household and understood (1) that he/she had the resources of the master available to use at his/her discretion in order to fulfill specific responsibilities and tasks. He/she understood that he/she owned
    none of the resources, but that he/she possessed the resources only to use them according to the master’s wishes. Read Matthew 25:14-30. Should the steward anticipate a time of accountability from the Master?
  2. Consider money: (1) who owns all of the money in the world? (2) Who give it to us to use? (3) Does the believer’s money belong to him/her, or does God make it available to use for him/her to use at his/her discretion in order to fulfill specific responsibilities and tasks?
  3. Read Matthew 6:24-25; I Timothy 6:10; Luke 12:15. Does the scripture indicate any concerns about money?
  4. Read I Corinthians 16:2; Malachi 3:8-12. Does God give guidelines of how the believer should handle his/her money? What is the tithe? Whose is the tithe?
  5. Read Mark 12:41-44. (1) Does Jesus know about you and your money? (2) Does Jesus care about you and your money?
  6. Should you build giving money to God into your budget?
  7. Read Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:7. Will God bless the one who gives?

 

 

 

Discipleship in Relationship

Disciplizing

A covenant is an agreement between two parties in which each party promises to the other to maintain certain pre-determined commitments. Both parties bond together and maintain the covenant by living according to their individual commitments. Jesus invited me to enter into a covenant with Him, in which He promises to grant me everlasting life, as well as to all those who commit to follow Him, obey Him, and become His disciples.

Disciples of Jesus begin their spiritual development process at conversion and continue until they fully achieve Christ's likeness upon their personal translation. Throughout the journey, the believer grows in his/her relationship with Jesus and daily becomes more like Him in nature, character, and conduct. (Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:13; II Peter 1:4;
I John 3:2)

Jesus lived purposed and focussed upon earth to make disciples of mankind. Upon His departure, Jesus commissioned His followers to continue the purpose and practice. Hence making disciples of others stands as a central function of each disciple, and therefore emerges as one of my primary responsibilities.

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned and ordered for His disciples to matheteuo (maqhteu,sate). Unfortunately, no English word adequately translates this single Greek verb. The best translation renders it as meaning to make disciples. English does have a word that means “to make deputies” – deputize. Likewise, disciplize, “to make disciples,” could appropriately translate the single Greek word matheteuo (maqhteu,sate).

Disciplize means to maintain and often initiate an intentional relationship with someone in which we interface with another disciple and walk alongside in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. This includes equipping the disciple to teach others as well (II Timothy 2:2).

Disciplize stands as the central command of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Rather than an option, Jesus mandated in his last words on earth that every disciple ultimately disciplize others.

Who should I disciplize? Read Acts 2:46; 10:2, 25 (especially in NIV); 11:14; 16:15, 31- 34; 18:8. Do you notice a pattern for New Testament evangelism? Read again Acts 2:46. The disciples spread the word and good news of the Kingdom from ________ to
______________.

The Greek word for house is oikos (oi=koj), and it indicates the inhabitants of a house rather than the physical dwelling place. In Bible days, many associates joined the immediate family and lived within the physical structure of a house. Usually, large family clans lived together under one roof, and of course, they invited their friends to enter their houses to visit with them. Additionally, people conducted all of their business
My Covenant with Jesus transactions in the house; very few offices existed. Activities of interest brought people together in the house. Therefore, the house, household, or oikos (oi=koj) included people within (1) immediate family, (2) extended family, (3) friends, (4) business associates, and
(5) those of similar interest or activity.

Every believer possesses a personal oikos (oi=koj) that includes immediate family, extended family, friends, business associates, and those of similar interest or activity. (1) What are the names of those within your oikos (household) that you wish could hear and receive the Gospel. Write these names on a list and pray for them daily. (2) Does any name surface of one with whom you feel the Lord dealing? If so, especially pray for him/her. Read II Timothy 2:2, and encourage yourself in the will of God. Guidelines for the disciplizer:

  1. Pray for your oikos.
  2. Provide love, attention, and affection to each member of your oikos.
  3. Work to build your communication and relationship with a member of your oikos.
  4. Affirm each positive response from that person, and avoid condemning or condescending discussion.
  5. Invite the individual to attend a Home Friendship Meeting with you.
  6. Invite the individual into sharing the Bible with you:a. A Place Prepared for You
    b. Into His Marvelous Light
    c. Exploring God's Word
  7. Invite the individual to be your guest in a church service.
  8. Upon conversion, enlist the individual into a discipleship relationship and guide him/her through the My Discipleship Journal.

Whole, healed individuals disciplize others better than hurting, anemic Christians. Please answer the following questions in prayer. Take each question to God and ask Him to reveal to you your heart condition on each topic. Go to God with humility and expect Him to speak to you. Pray over each thought that comes to mind, even if you do not write it down.

  • Is there any un-reconciled relationship that God is calling you to address?
  • What are names of individuals with whom you feel estranged, hurt, or distant?
  • Are there un-forgiven hurts in your life? Do you need to extend forgiveness to someone?
  • Is there un-confessed sin that God is bringing to light?
  • Are there areas of sin that are controlling your life?
  • In which area of your thought life is God at work?
  • Have you been harsh with your words or used words in a way that God would view as tearing someone down?
  • Is there an area of your life in which you are struggling to trust God?
  • Is there an area of new or increased obedience in which God is calling you?
  • What area of your character is God presently at work?
  • Is there an area in your life in which you would like to have accountability?

Dan,

The flow was from the courtroom to the living room. The idea is the
justification is a legal term that picture God as the judge who has been
satisfied by the sacrifice of Christ. Our debt has been paid and we have
been made right or justified before God. Justification moves to the highest
privilege of the Christian life, which is to be an adopted child of God.
This views God as father and we are included in the family, thus the image
of living room.

Does that help?
Greg
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MAJOR CORE THOUGHTS for DISCIPLESHIP

DISCIPLESHIP
1. I am a disciple
a. I’m following Jesus
b. I’ll commit to getting with a disciplizer for ?? weeks to undertake my
discipleship training.

Disciplizing in Relationship
Disciplizing in Doctrine
Disciplizing in the Kingdom of God

1. Jesus Christ invited you into a personal relationship, for you to be His disciple.

a. What does it mean to be His disciple?
b. Go ahead, sign the covenant!

I) Jesus’ word relates His numerous and
thorough promises to me.

II) In return, I covenant to:

2. Your relationship with Jesus that stems from your commitment to follow Him depends on communication. Jesus communicates with you through prayer and His word, the Bible.

6. Jesus invites His disciple to enter into His kingdom.