Belonging To The Way

Text: Acts 9:1-2

When persecution began with the death of Stephen, those “belonging to the Way” were targeted. We will discuss the idea of persecution more in the next lesson. But in order to face this persecution, we must first belong to “the way.” This lesson will examine what the Scriptures teach about belonging to “the way” – how to become and remain a part of it.

Becoming a Disciple

  • The Way” was made up of those who were followers of Jesus – He is “the way (John 14:6)
  • A disciple (Greek: mathetes) is “a learner, pupil” (Thayer) – the apostles were commissioned to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19)
  • How does one become a disciple? – hear the gospel (Mark 16:15); believe that Jesus is the Christ (Mark 16:16; John 8:24); repent of sins (Luke 13:3, 5; 9:23); confess faith in Christ (Romans 10:9-10); be baptized into Christ (Mark 16:16; Matthew 28:19; Galatians 3:27)
  • When we become a disciple, we then belong to Christ (1 Peter 2:9-10; Titus 2:14)

Following the Right Direction

  • Belonging to the Way” suggests that we are following a certain path – the narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14); the way of truth (2 Peter 2:2); the way of righteousness (2 Peter 2:21); [see previous lesson – Learning About The Way]
  • Not enough simply to become a disciple – disciples are to be taught to observe Jesus’ commands (Matthew 28:19-20)
  • This means we must go to the word of God for the instructions we are to follow in every area of life – in the home (Colossians 3:18-21); in the workplace (Colossians 3:22-4:1); in the community (Colossians 4:5-6; Matthew 5:16); in the church (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23-24); in the assembly (John 4:24)
  • Everything we do must be in the name of the Lord (Colossians 3:17) – act by His authority (Matthew 7:22-23)

Continuing on the Path

  • When we become a disciple, we are making a lifelong commitment (Luke 9:62) – we need to count the cost (Luke 14:25-30); no matter what happens, we must remain faithful to the Lord (Revelation 2:10)
  • It is possible for a disciple to forfeit his salvation (1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Corinthians 6:1) – if we shrink back, the Lord has no pleasure in us (Hebrews 10:38-39)
  • We must press on to the goal (Philippians 3:12-14)

Conclusion

  • The way” leads to salvation – but we must belong to “the way” in order to be saved
  • Once we are on “the way,” we must continue on the path so we will reach our reward

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