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The importance of discipline

I. The PURPOSE of Discipleship

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28 (NASV)

“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” I John 3:2-3 (NASV) 

II. The PROBLEM of Discipleship

“...I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate...... Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” Romans 7:14-15; 24 (NASV)

“How narrow is the gate and how constricted is the road that leads to life, and few are the people who find it!" Matthew 7:14 (ISV)

“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” Luke 9:23- 24 (NASV) 

III. The POWER of Discipleship

“If I have cheated anyone of anything I will give back four times what I took from them.” (Luke 19:8)

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NASV)

“For we are his masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared long ago to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:10 (ISV) 

IV. The PARTNERSHIP of Discipleship

“ out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (NASV)

“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” (1st Timothy 4:7) 

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