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."







Wednesday, May 16, 2018

10th Lesson of Discipleship According to God's own Heart.

Ordained and honored by God.







Let’s take a look at some examples of this in the Scriptures.  In 1 Samuel 9:15 – 10:27, we find the beautiful story as God chooses Saul, and treats him with honor, being invited into the prophet's house for supper.

The prophet reserves for him the thigh, special part of the flesh, for him to eat, and then we read the beautiful story as he was anointed king. Saul was honored before the people and Samuel the prophet sealed all this in a book in verse 25: "And Samuel declared unto the people the right of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and set it before the Lord; Then Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house."


Saul was the only person to receive this kind of procession to his throne. Saul had everything to be an excellent king, we would say that he was very lucky to be imposed like this as a king.  Saul didn’t need to make political campaign and to be voted in. But, something I personally observe, Saul had not been trained before by observing a king who acted in divine conformity; one that served God with all his heart. Saul, had never observed any king dignifying God in all his conduct, acting before God and his subjects correctly.

Saul had the anointing of God and was chosen by God; and we read it in 1 Sam. 10:11. “And it came to pass, as all that knew him before, that he saw that he prophesied with the prophets, that the people said every man to his companion, What is become of the son de Quis? Is Saul also among the prophets? "As also in 1 Sam. 19:24, it says that he was among the prophets.

David was also anointed king, and we also see this description in the Bible:
"So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah."- 1 Sam. 16: 12-13.  (NKJV)

Although God used the prophet Samuel to anoint David, and the Spirit of God departed from Saul and seized David, even so; it still took a long time for David literally take the throne of Israel. The Word says that Saul still reigned for a long time, and only after Saul died, that David was anointed again by the people over Judah. But during the whole time that Saul still was king, which was all together 40 years; David already walked in the anointing of God. He was not literary In 2 Sam. 2: 1-4 we read how he was received by the men of Judah who anointed him king over the house of Judah. Years passed while David always stood under the command of God. He always sought God what he should do. Until the day that he was also anointed over all Israel. Throughout his reign we see that David always sought God. Before David would make a choice, he always sought the Lord for an answer.


Here are two examples of how God calls his children, enables them and empowers them, anoints them and provides them with everything they need to be leaders according to His heart. In spite of this, the person still has the right to choose to want to follow it or not. Saul obeyed up to a certain point, and after that he did what he believed to be right. David in his choices, as king of Israel always sought God first.

Next question: True or false?  All leaders should be allowed to make their decision as the King Saul did.



David, Moses, Joseph, Paul, Peter and the other disciples learned leadership in theory and then in practice. Every human being who is used by God must first know the Word of God. This is because faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God. Therefore, we must have faith, because without faith it is impossible to please God. (Romans 10:17 - "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." - Hebrews 11: 6 - "Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes near to God, believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him."

Each of us learn by listening, just as the disciples learned and were trained to walk in God’s perfect way. From Theory to Practice, from learning to a leader. No one is born knowing things, nor is a leader formed without knowledge. Knowledge is acquired through various forms and the most important are to learn it in theory and then learn how to practice it alongside a leader.
In our churches the leadership needs to walk ahead in theory and in practice to train the new believers. Training them in the way to walk and live according to God’s Will.

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.
Phillipians 1:6: “6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Phillipians 2:13: “13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Personal goal:  How do you want to make a difference in this world??  Who do you want to reflect?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

9th Lesson of Discipleship According to God's own Heart.

We must learn to Listen to our Heavenly Father as Jesus did. 







Jesus always listened to His Father, and only did what the Father told Him to do. We need to learn to listen to God in our personal relationship with Him. Let’s check out some important versos about this.

John 5:19 “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”

John 10:30 "I and the Father are one."

John 6:44  "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Matthew 14:23 “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.”

Luke 6:12 “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”

John 11:41-42 “So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."

A true friendship is developed by talking and listening. And we need to learn to sit at the feet of Jesus so that we can learn from Him. A wonderful passage that we read about this is when Jesus said that Mary chose the better part. Let’s read the passage here now. Fellowship is developed by listening and talking together.


I want to mention here something I read on the internet, and I will only quote the Scriptures mentioned in it.
8 ways God speaks to us.
1. Through His Word in general. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”
2. Through His Son, Jesus Christ. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe” Hebrews 1:1-2, NIV).
Jesus says in John 10:27, NKJV: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Why? Because the sheep know who He is. They belong to Him, and they recognize Him by the sound of His voice. And He’s the one who will always lovingly lead them on the right path–again and again.
3. Through Nature and God’s Creation. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse ” Romans 1:20, NIV).
4. Through Other Believers. God may use a friend, a teacher, a parent, or a preacher to convey His message of truth to us. Their words may come as a warning, a blessing, or as a prophetic truth about our lives. Whether we choose to hear it or ignore it, depends on us. Do their words line up with Scripture? Will God confirm or affirm that truth in us? “The wisdom that comes from heaven  is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” (James 3:17, NIV).
5. Through Music. In 2 Chronicles 20-21, King Jehoshaphat faced a huge army of enemies who could have easily destroyed His people, but he did a strange thing. With a declaration that his eyes were on God, he sent in a choir of praise singers: “Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever’” God “spoke” clearly. He released His power, and Jehoshaphat’s army defeated their enemies!
6.  Through Circumstances. God is a Holy God, and often uses circumstances to get our attention. But He will usually confirm it in other ways.
7.  Through His Spirit. I once heard someone teach about “minding the checks” in your spirit. Some may call it “God’s whispers,” while others say, “God’s still, small voice.” We are made in the image of God, and when we confess Jesus and follow Him as our Lord and Savior, His Spirit comes to live in us (John 14:17, 1 Corinthians 3:16). God’s Spirit speaks to us through our conscience, helping to make the right decision. When we’re tempted, that same Spirit warns and nudges us to do the right thing.
8.  Through Prayer. God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer. We may not know how to pray, but God’s Word tells us His spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27).

Taken from:
 https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/8-ways-god-speaks-to-us-today.html


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.
“God often speaks to us through His Spirit, through prayer. We may not know how to pray, but God’s Word tells us His spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27).

Jesus says in John 10:27, NKJV: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Why? Because the sheep know who He is. They belong to Him, and they recognize Him by the sound of His voice. And He’s the one who will always lovingly lead them on the right path–again and again.”
Personal goal:  Make a commitment with the Lord. My suggestion is to ask Him to make of you a Disciple according to His own heart.

Friday, April 13, 2018

8th Lesson = Discipleship according to God's own heart

Learn to be an imitator of Christ as Paul was.




1. 8th Lesson = Learn to be an imitator of Christ as Paul was.

Our Objective is to learn to be an imitator of Christ as Paul was.
Phillipians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Phillipians 2:13: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Starting this lesson I just want to point something out that really makes my heart to be joyful and it really touches me the fact that Jesus is the Author and the one that completes the good work in us… He never leaves us nor forsakes us.  “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b (NKJV)
And it reminds me of another passage in Deuteronomy where God speaks with Moses. Let’s check it out.
Deuteronomy 31:6-8(NKJV) 6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”7 Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. 8 And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
Jesus trained and promised the same blessing to the disciples, the Body of Christ. He trains us, He equips us and He gave us the indwelling presence of His Spirit to abide in us. Jesus prepared everything for the Church, as already indicated in the Word of God, and every disciple is included in this.

The Twelve Apostles

“12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.” Luke 6:12-13.

I love to research this in the Bible to find answers to my questions. God trained the ones He made leaders in the Old Testament and He does the same in the New Testament.

I have seen in my walk with the Lord that the Bible gives us the answer in all our inquiries. Praise the Lord, He never leaves us without answers, even though so many times it seems that God does not answer us. But does He really not answer, or did we not learn to listen to Him?

Now we have to learn how to apply these Biblical principles so that we can form the discipleship in each local church. Every child of God inquires about the Christian life, yes. And how can we see the rules and guidelines in biblical discipleship? Are we all obliged to observe them? How about the fact that the Bible says: I am free once I am saved.

Biblical discipleship has its traits of character, and Jesus Christ is the perfect example of this. A disciple according to the heart of God is one that reflects Jesus. How could we conceptualize discipleship according to the heart of God?
The apostle Paul invites us to be imitators of him, just as he is an imitator of Jesus Christ. A quick answer to this would be: Let's do everything according to God's will and not our way. This is basically all we need to know. I believe that a wholehearted disciple is described as one who has the goal to be according to God's own heart.

The first thing we need to do is: to learn the Word of God, and from there choose to practice it wholeheartedly. We see that this is exactly what the disciples did. They walked with Jesus for three years, they received power from on high; and then they went to do the work Jesus entrusted them to do. Jesus trained them and Jesus ordained them calling them His apostles. Jesus gave them the authority to go and do the same work that Jesus had done up to that time.

Question nº2: Are you ready to proceed and practice what you have learned, and make disciples?


The second thing we need to do, is to live according to how we were ordained and honored by the Lord Jesus. Jesus chose twelve disciples. What does it mean to be ordained?
The dictionary says that ‘When someone is ordained, they are made a member of the clergy in a religious ceremony.’ Based on this description we can clearly say that all those that followed Jesus, were ordained by him, to be a member of His clergy. Amen, praise God.
Dictionary also says that ‘The clergy are the official leaders of the religious activities of a particular group of believers.’ Jesus said ‘Follow me and I will make you fisher of men’. Jesus ordained them to do the work He had chosen for them to do. It was based on the testimony of the disciples that the church of Jesus Christ was founded here on earth.
What was their character trait? I believe that when Jesus chose them, they were ordinary people just like you and I. However, once they started to follow Jesus, gradually they were transformed into His image and His likeness.
In the beginning, when God created the human being, He created them in His own image and likeness… is this correct?

-   Human being chose to follow the serpents’ suggestion, sin entered into the humans’ nature and we lost the likeness of our Creator.
-   Christ Jesus restored it on the cross and He works in us the willing and the fulfilling.

Dictionary says that Fulfilment is: ‘a feeling of satisfaction that you get from doing or achieving something, especially something useful’.  Remember our confidence comes from that fact that Jesus started the good work in us, and Jesus will complete it. Jesus sews the love in us and He is the one that will work in you and in me to want to do it His way and that we do it as well; to fulfill His good purpose.  Jesus works in us the fact that we want to achieve and we will be able to do so, according to His will.
Phillipians 1:6: “6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phillipians 2:13: “13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Third thing we need to do is: Learn to be an imitator of Christ as Paul was.
For this we will strive that we may honor the one who called us to serve him here on this earth as His ambassadors. Dictionary says that Imitator is: “An imitator is someone who copies what someone else does, or copies the way they speak or behave.”
I believe that copying the Lord’s way is not exactly what happens in us, I believe that Jesus works in us the fact that we do want to become transformed into His likeness; and therefore we develop the conduct of a true disciple as we allow Him to work in us His character and His likeness. I want to stand as a righteous disciple alongside with Him. I want to rule as we have been instituted by God. The Lord Jesus teaches us to follow the Principles that we must engage into, and also act under the code of conduct that God establishes in which we must lead. I want to be conformed to the heart of our God. God calls, enables and empowers each one of us. Hallelujah!!!
Question nº1: How do you see the discipleship and leadership you know in the church according to the study above?

Question nº2: Are the leaders in your church imitators of Christ as the apostle Paul teaches us?


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.
Phillipians 1:6: “6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Phillipians 2:13: “13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Personal goal:  Make a commitment with the Lord. My suggestion is to ask Him to make of you a Disciple according to His own heart.


Blessings on to you all. 
Antonina Penner.


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 Discipleship according the heart of God

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