John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."







Friday, July 13, 2018

Am I willing to make disciples according to the Lord's Command?

The Lord Jesus commanded: Go ye therefore and make disciples. 


Jesus gave us the command; "Go ye therefore and make disciples".  It is our responsibility to make the decision whether or not I want to and will accept to do it and obey His command.
John 20:21 (NKJV) 21 "So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Mathew 28:18-20 (NKJV) "18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen."




Until the next lesson, may the Lord Jesus be with you.  
Blessings on to you all. 
Antonina Penner.


A. PENNER PUBLISHING.
 Discipleship according the heart of God


ISBN NUMBER:  978-0-9881063-2-1

Friday, July 6, 2018

15th Lesson: Discipleship According to God's Own Heart

Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords and King of kings, and disciples are His workers here on earth.







As it is written in the title of this chapter of discipleship the human ministry has been given to the disciples; that is, all those that have decided to give their life to Jesus and follow Him. But, the leadership always will belong to the LORD of lords and KING of kings = JESUS CHRIST. Today we will dig into this subject in more specific ways.

The Great Commission Mathew 28:
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [c]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen."

As the Lord Jesus said to His disciples: "Go, make disciples of all nations", He commissioned them. At this point the Lord Jesus was making it clear that His human ministry of Jesus here on earth had come to an end. He gave them the command to proceed with the work that He had begun. Jesus transferred at this point the responsibility of maintaining the legacy exactly the way He had structured it. 

John 20:21 (NKJV) “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
John 17:18  (NKJV) “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”

In John 20:19-23 The Apostles Commissioned 
19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were [e]assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

In these verses, John describes as Jesus commissioned them. Jesus taught them during three years the principles, the laws, the values of doing the mission as His Father had taught Him. In John chapter 17, we see this very well described how Jesus prays for them and those that would believe through them. The disciples were named apostles by the Lord, and He ordained them to take on the work of discipleship that gave birth to the Church. 

Then Jesus instructs the disciples to remain in Jerusalem as we read in Luke24 and in Acts 1:
"Stay therefore in Jerusalem, till ye be clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). 

The Holy Spirit Promised
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [c]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus Ascends to Heaven
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”


It was a simple command, and the Lord made it clear that they needed to follow His instructions. They needed the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, since the Spirit is the agent that accomplishes all and any work. The strongest feature of the book of Acts of the Apostles (where Jesus' prophecy was fulfilled is the fact that the Holy Spirit was sent upon them to work through them. God is in control, it is His work through us and not our work.  
With this commanded ‘go ye therefore’ Jesus made it clear that His earthly ministry was fulfilled, and now He was sending His disciples to continue this work.  If we analyze the book of Acts itself, we will conclude that it is a continuity of the Gospels; because from the moment that the Holy Spirit was sent to indwell in them, God chose to work through them from there on. 

God is the authority, and the Bible gives us a very clear picture of the same. The Lord Jesus reigns in heaven and on earth according to Scriptures, and now He is working through the Body of Christ here on earth. Jesus intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father, according to Romans 8:33:34:

 Romans 8:33-34 (NKJV) “33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”

"And he shall reign forever in the house of Jacob, and his kingdom shall have no end" (Luke 1:33)

These verses make it clear that the Leadership always will be in God’s Hand, but we can learn that He gave His discipleships the work here on earth that He had started; and now Jesus Christ works through us the work that He began


Homework = Scripture memory: 

Be sure to commit this passage to memory before moving on to the next lesson. Then, practice reciting it repeatedly throughout this course. 
Mathew 28:19-20 "19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen."

Personal goal:  How do you want to make a difference in this world??  Who do you want to reflect? Let's be a disciple according to God's own heart.


Next lesson we will continue to study this subject,

Until then, may the Lord Jesus be with you.  
Blessings on to you all. 
Antonina Penner.


A. PENNER PUBLISHING.
 Discipleship according the heart of God

ISBN NUMBER:  978-0-9881063-2-1

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

14th Lesson: Discipleship According to God's Own Heart



Leadership belongs to God, and the discipleship was given to us.


John 6:44 (NKJV) “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”







Introduction.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you "(Matthew 28: 19-20).  

The Leadership is the Lords and the discipleship Jesus Christ gave to His followers. When Jesus started His ministry He recruited those whom He chose to make His disciples. He called them and said: “Follow me”. What does it actually mean ‘follow me’? 

Objectives of this subject:
1. Understand the difference between who the leader is and who the follower is.
2. Christ’s ministry here on earth and his heavenly ministry after his ascension. 
3. The command that He gave to the disciples. 
4. Ministry Jesus gave to the disciples at Pentecost. 

As disciples we ought to teach to observe all things whatsoever Jesus commanded the Church to do.
Reflecting on these verses: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you "(Matthew 28: 19-20). 

We can analyze carefully, exegetically; and we will realize that this text of Matthew 28 is differential within Sacred Scriptures because it has singularities that no other passage contains as it talks about the discipleship. From a small passage spoken to us within few lines we can extract powerful revelations that ware given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Exegetical  means: exegesis. a critical interpretation or explication, especially of biblical and other religious texts. — exegetic, exegetical, adj. 

First, we will study this text in order to understand it in relation to the practical teachings that it offers us in relation to discipleship as a human ministry and leadership as Divine ministry. 

The text in Matthew 28 where Jesus gives the command: "Go"; makes a link, a connection. The bond that connects two specific historical moments, involving the people of God. It is the link, meaning the connection, which connects the end of human ministry to the beginning of the spiritual ministry of Jesus Christ. 
The link that connects the completion of Christ's atoning work with the onset of discipleship. 
The bond that makes the disciples into apostles. 
The link that connects the conclusion of the Gospels and the beginning of the apostolic acts. 
The link that begins the history of the Church. 
The link that puts into practice all the precepts received and absorbed by the twelve throughout the three years in which the human ministry of Jesus developed.

Jesus was in Galilee, with his disciples, about to close the human stage of his discipleship ministry: he won, he consolidated lives; performed miracles and wonders as Mathew describes it:
- He healed a leper, the servant of a centurion, the mother-in-law of Peter; and He quenched a storm and drove out demons (Matthew 8);
- He healed a paralytic, a woman with a stream of blood, two blind and one mute (Matthew 9); He healed a man who had one withered hand (Matthew 12); He walked on the sea (Matthew 14);
- He multiplied bread and fish (Matthew 15);
- He was transfigured with the disciples (Matthew 17); He healed a lunatic (Matthew 18);

All these wonders were counted only in the Gospel of Matthew, not to mention other miracles that Jesus accomplished without them being recorded in the Gospels. The Apostle John states it this way: John 21:25: “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.”

But the human ministry of Jesus is not only of miracles. The Lord Jesus, as a born leader, was also concerned with building the Body of Christ, which is the Church; with a solid Doctrine based on the Father’s Word (which should be a concern of every disciple). He cared about making wholehearted disciples, he cared to consolidate and train them, and he also trained them as successors who would put His teachings into practice generating new disciples afterwards.

Throughout the three years of His human ministry, Jesus Christ formed these disciples; which I call the First Christian Theological Faculty of history, where he himself was the ecclesiastical and the teacher who brought an innovative teaching and unlike anything people had seen at that time. A practical teaching that broke with all traditionalism and put in check the religious system of the time.

He practiced everything He taught. He left an example that never had been seen before. The teaching was basically simple, but very profound and many times too hard to achieve by many that heard Him. In its essence broke with all the superficiality present in the teachings of the scribes and the Pharisees, setting a pattern of eternal and immutable values that should guide the lives of all who desire to follow Him. 

Through these teachings, Jesus signs the spiritual principles of the Kingdom of God, the Celestial Constitution. It is for this reason that every time the Pharisees tried to accuse Jesus according to Jewish traditions, Jesus was a step ahead demonstrating that all complexity of the Law was insufficient and superficial in regards of the ethical and moral standard of God’s Kingdom. These teachings were offered free of charge in common places like mountains and beaches; throughout the villages where He passed by. They were received through teachings, prophetic sermons, and parables.

Returning now to the text of Matthew 28, after suffering the terrible vicarious death on the Cross, bringing redemption to mankind, Jesus was resurrected and reunited with his disciples, who in a few minutes would become the first Apostles of the Church. Jesus' concern now was to transfer the human ministry to his disciples; to transmit to them the last instructions before ascending to Heaven so they could begin their spiritual ministry.

The "go and make disciples of all nations" puts an end to the human ministry of Jesus. It transfers to the new apostles the responsibility of maintaining the exact legacy that Jesus structured, based on the same principles, same laws, and the same values. The apostles take on the work of discipleship that gave birth to the Church; and the Lord Jesus, takes the lead. Jesus instructs the disciples to remain in Jerusalem:
"Stay therefore in Jerusalem, until ye be clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). This order was basically simple: They needed Baptism with the Holy Spirit, since it is the Spirit, the agent of all and any work. We can consider that the power of the Holy Spirit through the Church is the strongest feature of the book of Acts of the Apostles (where Jesus' prophecy was fulfilled). 

For this reason, I began the chapter affirming that the "go" is the link that connects the conclusion of the Gospels to apostolic acts, for if we analyze the book of Acts itself, we will conclude that it is a continuity of the Gospels in order to be connected to them through the "go".

The Holy Spirit is able to change lives. It is the power of the Spirit in the life of Jesus that authorized him to preach the Kingdom of God and to execute signs. The same power of the Spirit (Acts 2) transferred the same authority to the disciples. Therefore, Jesus is the greatest stereotype of a full life, filled with the Spirit and empowered by the Spirit. The presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian directs his actions, his thoughts, his words and his choices; or at least they should drive. For this reason, leadership belongs to the Lord.

The Lord Jesus, now in the heavens, assumes his spiritual ministry: to intercede for us at the right hand of the Father (according to Rom 8:34) and to rule through a reign which is equally spiritual for an hour, but which, in the future, prophecies, will be a physical reign, which will extend to all peoples, languages, races, tribes and nations.


"And he shall reign forever in the house of Jacob, and his kingdom shall have no end" (Luke 1:33)
A spiritual government to overcome the limitations of human leadership.
As it is written in the title of this chapter, discipleship (human ministry) has been given to us, but leadership belongs only to the Lord. In the next lesson we will explain why…



Until then, may the Lord Jesus be with you.  
Blessings on to you all. 
Antonina Penner.


A. PENNER PUBLISHING.
 Discipleship according the heart of God

ISBN NUMBER:  978-0-9881063-2-1

Rev. Billy Graham