Jesus told his first disciples,
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'.
(Matt. 28:19)
Being a disciple should be a continual process in a believer's life. We learn from the Lord directly, as well as through others. He corrects, strengthens, perfects, and blesses us in his ways and life.   Since God has called all Christians to become his disciples, we need to consider some of the basic principles involved in discipleship.
Study Outline
In this course we are considering seven important aspects of discipleship:
I .What is a disciple?
2. Our call to discipleship
3. Basic attitudes of a disciple
4. Dealing with offenses
5. Little things that hinder
6. Love
7. Forsaking all as a disciple
In each lesson there are paragraphs setting out the truths that we are considering, followed by Scriptures that emphasize these truths.  In all cases, it is advisable to read the Scriptures, checking the context in which they are set, that the meaning might be further clarified. (Reminder: All Scriptures are taken from New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise stated).
What Is a Disciple?
Webster's dictionary defines a disciple as:
            "One who receives instruction from another."
and discipline as:
" Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties and moral character of a person".
1. A Disciple Is Called Out of the Life- style of this Age
God calls us out from the course of this world, which is a way of life that is
ignorant of God's purposes. It is also rebellious and in- dependent of God even when the truth of God is revealed.
" For we are God’s w                                                created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God p                                        in advance for us to do".  (EPH. 2: 1 0)
"He chose to g                       us b                            through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created'. (JAS. 1:18)
"...God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name".                 (ACTS 15:14 NASB)
(see also EPH. 2:1-2: EPH. 4:17-19: IN. 3:19-20)

For his name  indicates the purpose of his call. We are called to be an expression of God, to show the qualities of his nature, authority and power. The Church is to be a demonstration of the life, reality and blessing of God. We actually reveal the Lord, and what he is like, to the world about us as he works in and through our lives. The word "church" (Ecciesia) means "called out ones" emphasizing our separateness from the world.
" But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people                        b                                     to God, that you may declare the p                       of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light".                                            (I PET 2:9)
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all w                                             and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good'.                                          (TITUS 2:14)
2. God Trains His Disciples
God himself is involved in this discipleship program. He is working in the believers' lives, in various ways, to bring his many sons into the full experience of his life and purpose. Paul encourages our faith by reminding us that God's plan will not fail. Discipling whether applied by you, me or others, is only valid and fruitful if it is the Lord who is in personal charge.
"being confdent of this, that he who b                   a good work in you will carry it on to com                                until the day of Christ Jesus". (PHIL 1:6)
3. He Instructs Us in His Ways
The shaping of a disciple's life and character is a work of the Holy Spirit, the perfect teacher. He teaches us a step at a time, as we are ready to hear, and able to receive. He is ever conscious of the level of our faith, and our ability to respond. So we need not fear being put into situations that are too difficult for us.
"For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a l                           here, a little th                    ".   (IS. 28: 10)
'I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will g              you into all truth".      (John 16:12-13a)
" But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will t                                  you all things and will r                              you of everything I have said to you".         (Jn. 14:26)
"All your sons will be t                                by the Lord and great will be your children's peace'.                                        (IS. 54:13)
The Lord uses a multitude of different ways to accomplish his goal in us. He disciples us by whatever means he knows would prove the most fruitful to produce what he desires at any given time in our lives.
a. The Holy Spirit Illuminates the Scriptures
This can come as we are reading or meditating on the written Word. it can also come as we hear other Christians sharing their understanding, or as teachers expound the Bible.
"This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declared the Lord. I will put my laws in their m                                  and w                                    
them on their h                                 , and I will be their God, and they will be my people".                                              (HEB. 8: 1 0)
b. The Lord Will Also Instruct Us through Our Circumstances
As disciples we do not dictate the path of life, we follow in the way. It is not that we are ruled by our circumstances. On the contrary, we rule our circumstances by our faith. Throughout life our circumstances give us opportunity to apply the truths that we have learned. Someone said, ''Truth does not become a part of us until  we practice it in our life."
" Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you'. So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me ? ' ".
(HEB. 13:5-6)
"...for l be content whatever the circumstances, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every
, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want".                                  (PHIL 4:11-12)
Our circumstances are the classroom of life in which to learn faith. As we follow him in righteousness so we receive his faith for every circumstance.
c We Learn through the Experiences of Others
By this we mean not only their victories, but also their mistakes. This saves us from failing in the many "potholes" of life as we progress in God. We need not learn only from our mistakes, God has provided a secure path of discipleship. We follow after him in the revelation of his life given in the Word and in the revelation of his life in others. If we are diligent in learning these, we will be secure in our own experience.
" I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man. . .”


1.  What does the Bible teach about salvation?
The Hebrew Old Testament word for "salvation" is  gKBLP pronounced, "Yesh-uah." It has the meaning of being at ease, comfortable and safe.
The word also means deliverance in some settings. The word is seen                           often as an exclaimation of praise to God.
          “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the     R_______ of our s_______________.”  Psa 95:1 
          “Surely his s_____________ is near those who fear him. . .”  Psa 85:9 

Salvation was often seen in the Old Testament as an extension of the very
nature and person of God.
          “Surely God is my s____________; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my st_________ and my s_______; he has become my salvation."       Isa 12:2 
          The New Testament word for salvation is in Koine Greek,  Swteria pronounced, "So-teria." It has the meaning of safety,   soundness and wellness. The name of Jesus is taken from the     Hebrew word, "Yesh-uah." His very name is like His person: in him is       wholeness, deliverance, freedom and wellness.
          “. . .then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name       of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is          "'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.'    Salvation is found in n___ o ____ e_____, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be s____________."                                                                                               Acts 4:10-12

2. What is meant by the "power if the Cross?"
The cross or death by crucifixion was a way that rebellious slaves and nonRoman citizens were executed for over 1,000 years. Only criminals and societal outcasts were executed in this agonizing and tortuous manner. The remarkable thing about the cross is that Jesus chose this method and manner of death for Himself to demonstrate once and for all to mankind that He was God, and that as God He has the power over death, sin and the grave.
    "Death has been swallowed up in v_________."  The sting of death is sin,         and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us       the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Cor 15:56, 58 
          “For God was pleased to have all his fullness d____________in him,
          and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on        earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed     on the cross.” Col 1:19, 20

3. How may I, personally, receive God's salvation?
          “But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your m_________       and in your h_____________," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:
          That if you c____________ with your m____________, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will         be s_____________. For it is with your heart that you b_______________         and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess  and are   saved.                                                                            Rom 10:8-10

In the church we may  use the various terms for the same experience:
a. Saved
b. Redeemed
c. Born Again (see John, chapter   3)
d. Under the blood (of the cross)
e. Heaven-bound
We all agree that salvation involves a simple, but faith-filled  strategy:
1) Repent (change your mind and actions)
2) Confess your sins to Christ
3) Ask Him to save you from your sins (forgiveness)
4) Invite Him into your heart and life
5) Believe God raised Him from the dead to accomplish this in you 6) Confess Him before men

A simple prayer can activate God's salvation in your life:

“Heavenly Father,
I confess that I'm a sinner. I've strayed away from your love and care.
I repent of my sinfulness. There are several sins I hate that I've been in-
volved with in the past. They are_____________________________________


    Forgive me. Make me a new person in Christ. I receive the cleansing of         His blood of the Cross for my sins.
Lord Jesus, come into my life and take control.
I pray this prayer in Jesus Name.   A-Men.

4. How can I know for sure that now I am saved?
          And this is the testimony: God has given us e___________ l_______,   and this life is in his Son.
          He who has the S_____ has life; he who does not have the Son of God       does not have life.
          I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God       so that you may k________ that you have eternal life.  1 John 5:11, 12

When you invited Jesus into your heart, did He enter it?
Do you know and feel he resides within you?
How do you know?
When did this happen?

Sheepfold Ministries
What We Believe Series
What does the Bible teach about "Water Baptism?"

The word, "Baptism" is a word that Bible translators have directly transliterated from Greek to English. The Koine Greek word in the New Testament for Baptism is

Baptidzw which is pronounced, BAP-TID-ZO

." In the Greek-English Lexicon (dictionary, “baptidzo” means, "to dip, to immerse, to wash oneself." Greek sailors used the  term to refer to a ship that was lost at sea. Greek sponge divers used the term  to apply to the natural condition of their sponges before they harvested them.
A. The Baptism of John the Baptist
            See John 1:19-28."I baptize with w________," John replied, "but         among you stands one you do not know. v.26  He is the one who      comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not w___________      to untie."v.27  This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the           J_____________,     where John was baptizing.” v.28
          See Luke 3:3  “He went into all the country around the Jordan,        preaching a           b________________ of r__________________ for the   forgiveness of sins.”
Note: that Jesus was baptized by John. See Luke 3:21-22.
See Mark 1:9-11  Mark 1:9  At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in        Galilee and was baptized by J__________ in the J______________.v.9
          As Jesus was c____________ up out of the w__________, he saw          heaven being t________ open and the Spirit d________________ on him          like a d_________. v.10  And a voice came from heaven: "You are my        S_______, whom I love; with you I am w________ p_____________." v.11

B. Baptism in the New Testament Church.
          1.  By Peter
          See Acts 2:38. Peter is preaching his anointed message with the      power of Pentecost.  “Peter replied, "Repent and be b_______________,           every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the f______________
          of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the H_______ S________.”
          2.  By Philip
          See Acts 8:26-40. Philip has led the Ethiopian Eunuch to Christ on the desert road to Gaza. See v. 38,39.  “And he gave orders to stop           the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went d___________ into          the w___________ and Philip b________________ him. v.38  When they came up o________ of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took

          Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his          way rejoicing. v.39
          See I Cor. 1:10-17.  “For Christ did not send me to b________________,       but to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom, lest the c__________ of Christ be emptied of its p_______________.”
          Note:  Peter didn't think baptism was essential for salvation.
          See I Peter 3:18-21.  “. . .and this water s___________________ baptism       that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but       the p______________ of a good c____________________ toward God. It          saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. . .” v.21
II. What did Paul believe about Baptism?
          A. Paul's central teaching is found in Romans 6.
          Paul compares baptism to death, burial and resurrection.
          1. Death to sin, and the "Old Nature." See. 6:2 "...we d_________                                    to sin;..."
          2. We, as believers, are ba__________________into Christ's d__________                          (v. 3).
          3. "We are buried w____________ H_______through baptism into                  d_____________(v. 4a.)
          4. We are raised with Christ in B________________to face a n________                   l _________ in Him. (4b.)
          5. See v. 6: Our ol______ s_________ was crucified with Him.
          6. See v. 8 Summarizing, Paul believes that Believers d________                         with Christ.
          7. See. v. 9.  Since death has no mastery over Christ, then death has                  no ma_____________ over us.
          8. See v. 11. We are d_________ to sin, but a____________to God in             Christ Jesus.
B. Did Paul believe that baptism was essential for salvation?
No. But he did believe that it was VERY IMPORTANT! See Romans 10:8-10 in the previous teaching on salvation.

III. If all this is true, why then do different churches pour or sprinkle for baptism?
          A. Tradition
          1. HISTORY - As early Christianity spread southward to the upper           deserts of No. Africa, there was often not enough water for                 baptism, so pouring or sprinkling became acceptable, if that                 was all the water available.

2. They also wrongly believed that no one could sin after baptism,            therefore a special ritual was devised.  It was/is not a                        Biblically-based idea, but one born out of a wrong                             understanding of Baptism and God’s Mercy. The ritual was              referred to as “Last Rites,” or “Extreme Unction.”
          B. DOCTRINE -   
          1. Early Christians strongly believed in the first 150 years in the               efficacy and power of the "Act of Baptism."
          2. Since they wrongly believed that you could not (or must not) sin           after baptism. Consequently,, early Christians waited or held              back their baptisms until the time of death.  This increased the                 complexity of water baptism as it was taught and practiced in                    the New Testament. For example, if a person had a fever or           infection, and was dying, the LAST THING you wanted to do                    with them was immerse them in water.
                   Roman Catholics shortened two doctrines: James 5 healing by                  anointing with oil, and the doctrine of baptism (by sprinkling)               at or near the moment of death. They called for centuries the             combined teachings, "Extreme Unction, or the "Last Rites."
          3. Early Christian martyrs believed wrongly that to die for one's faith                 was the highest virtue, and would literally usher one into                    heaven, by baptizing oneself in one's OWN BLOOD! Early                 Christians were TOO WILLING to die for Christ, and early                    Christian leaders had to RETHINK the doctrine of baptism in                    order to allow for young people to understand that is MORE                IMPORTANT to learn to LIVE FOR CHRIST, than to DIE FOR HIM!


BAPTISM is an OUTWARD WITNESS of an INWARD EVENT in the life of a believer.
BAPTISM is a DRAMA in which we outwardly enact Jesus' d____________, b_________________, and r____________________________.
We follow Christ in Believer's Baptism by Immersion, because He practiced it and submitted to it Himself. See Luke 12:50; Mark 10:38.
Baptism is the way we fo_________________Christ, and i________________ with Him.

Sheepfold Ministries / Pastor Phil Roland / October 23, 2005



Acts 1: 4,5 – Luke 11:9-13
". . .Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John Baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
“The Christian Believer who actively seeks a deeper relationship with Christ can experience this vital communion with Him. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs in a singular event and is followed by many infillings of His Presence.” Pastor Phil
          A. Greek understanding is “covered-by”/”over-whelmed”
                   1. “Baptidzo” – Washing/Cleansing                 
2. Two Examples – Downed Ship, Sponges
          B. Christian Believer becomes over-whelmed by the Holy Spirit
          “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is
            mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with
 the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Matthew 3:11
1. John’s Baptism – Repentance and Water Immersion
                   2. Jesus’ Baptism -  Repentance and Spiritual Immersion
“After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.And a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him." 
          A. Water Baptism is a Dramatic Picture of Christ’s Life
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
1. We Identify with His Life
          2. We Identify with His Death
B. We are identified both with Christ and His Body
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
          A. Witnessing Power – The power to give testimony
          B. Gifting Power – The power for Signs and Wonders
          A. In Jesus’ Life it was paralleled with Water Baptism
            B. In a Believer’s Life it occurs thru active seeking  – Lk.11:9-13
                        1. Get close to the Baptizer
                        2. Seek the Giver and not the Gift



Matthew 3:11,12
11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Luke 11:9-13
9  "And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.
10  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.
11  "You fathers--if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?
12  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!
13  If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."