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    Welcome to Zoe Training. Barely about a year after I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, I heard Him tell me, 'Prepare the ones I have called'. About September 2014, I heard the voice of the Lord, Jesus Christ during a meeting, where I was preaching, in which He told me that He is coming back soon but that His church was not ready. Again in about a year later, (September 2015), I heard a more clearer, louder and distinct voice that shook the very core of my being and He told me, "I am coming back sooner than you think". 

     

    Zoe ministries is born out of that vision and desire of Jesus, to see His church grow and mature into His full stature. To live as manifested sons. Jesus said " unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.". Jesus was that grain that died so we could be like Him.

     

    The word of God tells us  "He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle" (Ps 144:1).

     

    Zoe is an end time ministry focussing on training and equipping Christians from all backgrounds to be disciples of the Lord Jesus through the word and power of God. We achieve this through teams that gather in homes and other private and public places.

     

    Join us to learn, just more than doctrinal foundations and understand

    • Who the Christian is,
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    • Get results to prayers,
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    • Know how to function from heaven,
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    • Are you under the law?
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Disciples or Christians

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DISCIPLES OR CHRISTIANS

 

It may surprise you to know that Jesus never called anyone to be a Christian, rather his call was to be his disciple. In the book of Acts, people were not invited to be Christians, rather their call was to become Christ’s disciples.

 

Take your concordance and look up the word “Christian(s)” and then look up the word disciple(s).” You are in for a shock! Look in the book of Acts and compare the word “Christian” to the word “disciple,” you’ll get the point!

In the Scripture the word disciple and disciples are used a total of 273 times. In all the Bible the word Christian and Christians is used a total of 3 times (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16).

 

 

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26).

 

Notice that they did not become Christians first and then decide if later they wanted to be disciples, no, they were disciples and later had the name Christian added to their description.

 

What is a disciple? The Greek word mathetes (disciple) means more in the New Testament than a mere pupil or learner. It means an adherent who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct (Lexical Aids to the NT, p.933).

 

Mathetes (disciple) implies relationship to a teacher. In the New Testament mathetes occurs … some 250 times, almost always for those who follow Jesus. Acts has it in the absolute for a disciple of Jesus. In each instance we find attachment to a person. Jesus as the head of the group is expected to give the ruling. The destiny of the disciples is bound up with his. A unique aspect of New Testament discipleship is that his teaching has force only when there is first a commitment to his person (Theological Dict. of the NT, pgs 556-560).

 

In the New Testament, the words connected with discipleship are applied chiefly to the followers of Jesus and describe the life of faith to follow, follow after and imitate. Learning is no mere intellectual process by which one acquires teaching about Christ. It implies acceptance of Christ Himself. Following Jesus as a disciple means the unconditional sacrifice of his whole life, for the whole of life (New International Dict. of NT Theology, vol. 1, pgs., 480-490).

 

In at least some cases it meant literal abandonment of home, business ties and possessions, but in every cas readiness to put the claims of Jesus first, whatever the cost (New Bible Dict., p. 285).15

 

The verb “to follow” occurs about eighty times in the gospels, and exclusively describes the relationship between the earthly Jesus and His companions. It became a synonym for disciple (Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia, pgs., 129-130).

 

Jesus charged his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). The mission was not to win loose adherents… Instead, Jesus said to his disciples that they were to teach those who believe “to obey everything” he had commanded them (Matt. 28:20). Jesus defined the goal of discipling when he said, “A student (mathetes) is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40). Likeness, not simply knowledge, was the goal of Jewish discipleship. And likeness to Jesus himself is the goal God has for you and me (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2) (Expository Dict. of Bible Words, pgs., 226-227).

 

Jesus said, “\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

 

Conclusion and Objections: The real objection (to the Scriptures that emphasize discipleship) is that to be a Christian requires no effort (it is by grace). To be a “disciple” requires real sacrifice and commitment. The truth is, that the redemption of Christ required no effort on our part, it is perfect and requires no effort from us. But Christ’s call is for our whole and absolute life. He did not call some to be Christians and some to be disciples, they were to be the same. Jesus saves us by his blood, but his rights over us are absolute… He is King, Lord and Saviour.

 

 

Jesus call requires a change of heart. This change of heart, is a change of direction and is toward God (See Acts 20:21), and away from Satan. This turn was toward discipleship. As one turned, God offered by grace, through Jesus blood the gift of righteousness (forgiveness). Christ did not offer his benefits without taking his Person. The call was toward God and Christ, this is discipleship, a call and allegiance to Him, but not to his benefits without taking his Person.

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