From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Recall the Great Commission. “When Jesus came near, He spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.” (Matthew 28: 18 – 20, God’s Word translation)

Recall our earlier discussion about acceptance. Acceptance means to reach out with an open hand to receive. Acceptance implies a willingness to take something offered from someone else voluntarily. Acceptance conveys not only the willingness to assume personally the responsibility to take the appropriate action, but also implies a confidence or assurance that one has the capability/capacity to do the job successfully. We must accept Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord. In the same manner, we must also accept the responsibilities of discipleship. God does not force Himself on anyone!

If we are to make disciples of all nations, we must have the power to be disciples. “And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name.”

The power for discipleship and discipling is in the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.””

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From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

The power to be a “living sacrifice” must come from within, from having devoted ourselves to our Master, from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We must have decided to respond affirmatively to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, to the purpose of putting God before self, His purposes before our desires. “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3: 7 11, New American Standard Bible).””

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From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Having established the fact that we can offer God nothing more desirable to Him than ourselves (“I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.”), how can we effect the sacrifice we are urged by Paul to make? Paul makes it clear that the balance beam upon which a disciple stands is manifesting his being owned by God in a world dominated by Satan. We are charged not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may prove- demonstrate, manifest, make visible that invisible reality, that truth of our relationship to Him- what His will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (complete). “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2: 10″

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From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“”How were we dead and yet breathing? Explain that, will you! “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)… For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” (Ephesians 2: 1 – 5, 8).

In the scale of our life’s experiences, the grace of God far outweighs any sin we have committed. Yes, we were dead, sowing dead seed, engaging in lifelessness. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5: 8).””

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From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Remember that baptism we disciples experienced? “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves (disciples) to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6: 3 – 13).””

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From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

““In Romans 12: 9 – 21, Paul describes further The Disciples’ Balancing Act. Paul speaks to a disciple’s internal orientation, how he/she manages himself, his own spirit, his inner man and, manifestly, his relationship to God; his relationship to others in the body of Christ, and even to those who are outside the body of Christ. Disciples are herein first urged “to present your bodies to God as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship”. Here the Scriptures confirm what God said in the first four of the Ten Commandments: our first order priority is our relationship to God. But wait! ‘Living’ sacrifice? How can this be? Sacrifices by definition are dead. If we disciples are to be sacrifices, should we “deliver our bodies to be burned” to honor God? And how does a “sacrifice” live? This is a spiritual paradox that does not make sense in the natural. However, it is the essence of truth and speaks clearly to what is really true worship.””

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