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Learning True Discipleship

The Disciple’s Relationship to His Lord


Introduction: Today we continue our study of discipleship looking at the relationship the disciple has with his Lord. We will look at the relationship of the potter and the clay, the vine and the branches, and a child of God.


I. The Potter and the Clay: The Disciple’s Transformation

                A. God is the potter!

1. We are the work of God’s hand: Jeremiah 18:6; Isaiah 64:8

2. Remember our place: Romans 9:20-21, Isaiah 55:8-9, 29:16

          3. God cares for us and knows what is best: 1 Peter 5:7, Deuteronomy 6:24

B. We cannot mold God in our image. This is done by: 

          1. Rejecting His pattern: Jeremiah 10:23,

          2. A lack of reverence: Psalm 111:9 (When we lack reverence, we are treating God as common)

          3. Self-elevation: 1 Samuel 15:17, Philippians 2:3-4

          4. Idolatry: Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5

C. We are molded by God when we:

          1. Let God be the potter: Isaiah 64:8, Romans 8:29

          2. Transform our lives: Romans 12:2, Galatians 2:20

          3. Obey in all points: Matthew 7:21-23, James 2:10

          4. Deny ourselves: Matthew 16:24


II. The Vine and The Branches: The Disciple’s dependence on Christ

                A. We must abide in Christ:

1. We abide in Christ through our obedience: John 8:31, 1 John 3:24

2. Those who abide in Christ will bear fruit: John 15:5, 2 Peter 1:8

3. Only in Christ can acceptable fruit be borne: John 15:4, 14:6

                B. If we abide in Christ:

                                1. We will be like the vine: James 3:12, Luke 6:40, 1 John 2:6

                                2. We will bear fruit:

a. Spiritual growth and maturity: Galatians 5:22-23,

b. Increased talents and opportunities: Matthew 25:14-30

c. Winning lost souls: Romans 1:13

                                3.  We will remain connected to the life giving vine: John 15:4-6


III. A Child of God: The Disciple’s Security

                A. It is because of God’s love that we are called children of God: 1 John 3:1, John 1:12

B. We have been adopted as sons: Galatians 4:4-7, Ephesians 1:5

                C. We become a child of God through:

1. Faith in Christ: Galatians 3:26-27

2. The new birth: John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23

D. A Child of God:

          1. Is led by the Spirit: Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16, 25

          2. Is an heir of God: Romans 8:16-17, Ephesians 1:11, 1 Peter 1:3-4

          3. Partakes of the character of God: 1 John 3:10, 5:4, 3:3, 1 Peter 1:14-16

                                4. Loves God and His children: 1 John 5:1-2

                E. We can leave our Father’s house:

1. We lose all benefits: Luke 15:11-24, James 5:19-20

2. We must repent and turn back: Acts 8:22, 1 John 1:9


Conclusion: As a disciple, we must transform our lives to please God, depend on Christ, and walk worthy of our precious name. Let us strive to maintain the proper relationship with our Lord.