Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?

That question is the topic of my message tonight in Orange County.

It is my belief that every disciple is a believer, but not every believer is necessarily a disciple.

So what exactly is a disciple of Jesus? We will look at that together this Thursday and also Sunday at Harvest.

Time to grow up

The reason we need to know about discipleship is because Jesus told us to “go into all the world and make disciples . . . ” (Matthew 28:19).

But how can I make one if I am not one myself? It takes one to make one. It’s called “growing up” spiritually.

The Christian life is more than simply praying a prayer and getting “fire insurance.” It’s following Him, not only as your Savior but also as your Lord.

He wants to not only be your friend, but also your God. And some don’t seem to see that.

No prolonged infancies

Paul tells us in Ephesians 4 that God gave us pastors, teachers, and evangelists to help us mature and be equipped for the work of ministry. As one translation puts it:

“No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything” (Ephesians 4:14-15 THE MESSAGE).

I like that term “No prolonged infancies.”

Some believers are “stunted in their growth.” Well, it’s time to grow up!

We will look at that together.

3 thoughts on “Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?”

  1. Anonymous says:


    This past year has been one of the toughest years I have experienced (related to work). Many lay-offs and pay cuts — and dealing with this dismal economy.

    On the other hand, I have found a growing desire to gain a closer relationship with God. After all, I cant fix the economy and God has used this time to slow me down so I can re-focus on Him. Not sure what the future has, but I am completely sure who has me in His future.

    Thanks to the “new beginning” for my AM ride, I have a cup of coffee with you every morning — for the past 8 years.

    Keep the stories about Stella coming, we love to hear about your family.

    In Christ,

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    Thank you for inviting us to “Stand for Jesus” as His disciples last night. As Matthew 11:28-30 tells us that this great invitation, extended to all, is threefold: (1) to come and receive salvation; (2) to learn in discipleship; and (3) to serve in yoke with the Lord. The yoke involves instruction under discipline. Yet,in contrast to the teaching of the scribes, Jesus’ yoke is easy.

  3. Jeff Burt says:


    I have been a believer in Christ since I was 16 years old. When Chuck Smith baptized me it was the greatest day of my new life.

    My family and I were members of Harvest 16 years ago until I took a promotion and moved to Arizona. In today’s Podcast you asked the question “does your career have you or do you have a career”? Well, I had to leave my 17 year career two weeks ago to save my 24 year marriage to my best friend. My career had me! Traveling across the US 6 days a week does not make for a good home life. At the same time, my 15 year old son who just started High School needs me home more then ever and we now have our 19 year old daughter back home from a very bad relationship. My 24 year old son attends ASU and has been filled with Big Bang garbage. I do my best to refute the non-believer messages. I praise God for the life he has given me and my family. We need to be spiritually feed through the word of Christ Jesus and we are praying we find a good Church here in Arizona. As you said “Well, it’s time to grow up”!

    I am not sure what Gods financial plans are for me and my family at this point. I do know I need to find a career/work soon. Could you please put our family on your prayer request?

    God Bless,
    The Burt Family

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