Asking the Father to give you the Spirit

Luke 11 9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one…

Growing Followers of Jesus Abide in God’s Word

According to Jesus, true disciples abide in His Word. John 8:31-32 states, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set…

Followers of Jesus bear His fruit

Jesus defines being a disciple as one who bears His fruit. In John 15:1-8, Jesus describes the believer’s relationship with Him as analogous to the relationship of a branch to the vine. Jesus explains that He is the True Vine, and we, believers in…

Growing Followers of Jesus Abide in God’s Word

According to Jesus, true disciples abide in His Word. John 8:31-32 states, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set…

A growing follower of Jesus loves God and others

More than any other characteristic, Jesus described love as the quintessential mark of His followers. John 13:34-35 declares, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know…

Lordship: The mark of being a follower of Jesus

God’s great purpose for our lives is to conform us into the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-29). We are born again spiritually to grow up into maturity and completion in Christ (John 3:1-8, Colossians 2:6-10). Jesus calls us His disciples, His followers. There…

The Goal of Discipleship

  In the New Testament, followers of Jesus Christ are called “disciples”. The Greek word for disciple is mathetes and means a learner, a student, or a follower. Every believer in Jesus is a disciple. But not every believer is at the same place…

There are Giants in the path

  There are Giants in the Path A few years ago, my friends and I attended the midnight opening of the movie, 300. I noticed only one female in a packed theatre. Chick flick it was not! Why were men packing a theatre at…

Fighting and Winning the Spiritual Battle-Bible Study

Fighting and Winning the Spiritual Battle I. The Reality of Spiritual Warfare Doctors are trained to diagnose symptoms. When a patient complains of sneezing, runny nose, scratchy throat and itching eyes; an experienced doctor knows that there is a strong possibility of a cold…

God has a plan for our lives

Galatians 1-2 11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ… 2 Then after fourteen years, I went up…