Pastor, Are You Distinguishing Between Salvation And Discipleship

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting under a two week Sunday school series on the distinction between salvation and discipleship. Pastor Roger Luiken of Liberty Baptist Church in Fremont, Nebraska taught this and I was blessed.

Now this may seem to be an elementary issue that 99.999% of people would be on top of. Not so! More and more, people, in varying denominations, are muddying the waters and blurring the lines between these two major doctrines of the Scriptures. To us, who know Bible terminology, there is not much of a problem, but to a lost person, this can be very confusing!

Listed below is the main outline of what Pastor Luiken had to say about this topic.

7 Distinctions Between 
Salvation And Discipleship
#1 – Salvation is “Come UNTO Me” (Matthew 11:28Matthew 11:28
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28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  

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) – while – Discipleship is “Come AFTER Me” (Matthew 16:24Matthew 16:24
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24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  

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#2 – Salvation is about the cross of Christ (Matthew 16:21Matthew 16:21
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21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  

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) – while – Discipleship is about your own cross (Matthew 16:24Matthew 16:24
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24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  

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#3 – In Salvation, you receive a gift (John 4:10John 4:10
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10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  

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) – while – in Discipleship, you give a gift (Your life as a sacrifice… Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2
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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

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#4 – Salvation is made once (John 5:24John 5:24
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24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  

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, John 6:37-40John 6:37-40
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37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  

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and John 10:27-28John 10:27-28
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27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  

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) – while – Discipleship is made again and again (Take up cross daily… Luke 9:23Luke 9:23
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23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  

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#5 – Salvation is a sure thing (No condemnation… Romans 8:1Romans 8:1
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8 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  

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, Given Holy Ghost… Romans 8:9-11Romans 8:9-11
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9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. by: or, because of  

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and No separation… Romans 8:35Romans 8:35
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35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  

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) – while – Discipleship is always in danger of failing (“CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE”… Luke 14:25-27Luke 14:25-27
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25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.  

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#6 – Salvation is by GRACE (Ephesians 2:5-9Ephesians 2:5-9
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5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by...: or, by whose grace 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  

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) – while – Discipleship is by WORKS (Revelation 22:12Revelation 22:12
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12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  

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#7 – The results of Salvation is eternal life in Christ (John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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) – while – the results of Discipleship is eternal rewards from successful discipleship (Matthew 16:27Matthew 16:27
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27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.  

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Conclusion

There is a big difference between SALVATION and DISCIPLESHIP. The next time we quote Scripture to a lost person, let us be more careful to give out verses that are plain and “rightly divided”. Though some famous evangelists of the past have blurred terminology on purpose to reach certain religious groups outside their own denominations, we must refrain from this. Always use Bible terminology when dealing with people and you will do just fine!

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482518: Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer Spiritual Discipleship: Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer

By J. Oswald Sanders / Moody Publishers

As J. Oswald Sanders points out, true discipleship is more than intellectual assent to a belief in Christ—it involves the whole person and lifestyle.
Those with only a superficial belief will soon fall away from the faith, but Sanders says a true disciple would rather be presented with a difficult challenge than a soft option. Disciples are charged with the task of training themselves to be godly, because it is their responsibility to remain spiritually fit. Ever-fresh topics in this time-tested volume include:

  • the disciple’s second chance
  • the disciple’s ambition
  • the disciple’s senior partner
  • the disciple’s olympics
  • the disciple’s right
  • the disciple’s maturity

In addition, a “For Reflection” guide is included, making this book ideal for both individual and group study.

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Originally posted 2010-11-15 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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