Romans 1:1-16:27

Who is a Disciple of Jesus?

More and more in our day, there will arise questions about one’s alignment with Jesus. Followers of the ”Nationalist gospel,” “Prosperity gospel,” “Justice gospel,” “Racial gospel,” and other gospels, will claim that following their message and values represent true followers of Jesus.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is described simply in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 and is fully explained in Romans 1:1-16:27. The warning against using another gospel is described in Galatians 1:6-10.

What did Jesus say? How could a person be His disciple? He made it simple and clear.

“And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)

Consider these questions as you reflect on this passage:

  • What are the marks of a disciple of Jesus?
  • What prevents one from becoming a disciple of Jesus?
  • How does one become a disciple of Jesus?
  • What are the costs and benefits of being a disciple of Jesus?
  • What is the Lord asking you to do as a result of His words?

Maranatha (Come Lord!)