Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

The Pain in Discipleship: God’s Disciplining Hands – Part 1

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12

A.  Under God’s Disciplining Hands: A Necessary Work

             1.  A necessity because of what we are becoming: Romans 8:29

             2.  A necessity to bear God-glorifying fruit in our lives: John 15:1-8

             3.  A work that will be done in us: Philippians 1:6

B.  Under God’s Disciplining Hands:  Attitudes to Avoid: Prov. 3:11, 2 Tim. 2:1-7

             1.  Do not neglect and take lightly the Lord’s training in our lives

                          a.  Accept we are in Christ’s Lifetime School of Discipleship: Matthew 11:28-30, Ephesians 4:17-24, Titus 2:11-14

                          b.  Believe God really knows what’s best: John 13:6-7, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Romans 8:29

                                   c.  Concentrate on the results, not the process: Psalm 119:67

             2.  Do not loathe the Lord’s correcting work in our lives: Proverbs 3:11, Hebrews 11:24-25