Nine Marks of a Devoted Follower of Jesus

It is the mission of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ to develop devoted followers of our Savior, but what are the distinguishing marks of this type of person? A devoted follower of Jesus…

1. Enjoys God in worship – EVERY MEMBER A MODEL

  • Participates regularly in worshipping the Lord with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day.
  • Engages in personal and/or family worship (if applicable) during the week.
  • Lives with an attitude of worship that permeates all of life.

2. Engages with God’s Word through personal reading and prayer  – A MODEL

  • Has a meaningful, consistent devotional life.
  • Finds his/her way around the Bible.
  • Has the ability to explain to others the basic tenets of Christianity and the gospel.

3. Lives by God’s promises (Assurance of …salvation, answered prayer, victory over temptation, forgiveness, guidance) – A MODEL

  • Preaches the gospel to himself/herself meaningfully and effectively.
  • Experiences the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Finds joy, energy, confidence, & security in the love of God.

4. Applies the gospel of grace in relationships – EVERY MEMBER A MINISTER

  • Loves and accepts people.
  • Resolves conflict with others (Matthew 5:23-24; 18:15-20).
  • Reaches out beyond his/her comfort zone to those who need love and care.

5. Invests time and energy in a small group – A MINISTER

  • Participates actively in a discipleship or community group.
  • Helps his/her group experience authentic community.
  • Serves the group in some tangible way.

6. Fulfills his/her church membership vows – A MINISTER

  • Lives as becomes a follower of Christ throughout the week.
  • Supports our church in its worship and work to the best of his/her ability.
  • Submits to the government and discipline of the church.

7. Exercises his/her gifts and passions in all of life – A MINISTER

  • Knows his/her strengths and weaknesses.
  • Serves in at least one area in the church and/or community.
  • Recognizes that all of life is spiritual and engages all aspects from a kingdom perspective.

8. Practices biblical principles of financial stewardship – A MANAGER

  • Lives on a realistic budget.
  • Gives generously and sacrificially to the church and other venues.
  • Sees all his/her resources as God’s, to be used for extending Christ’s kingdom.

9. Shares his/her faith in word and deed in one’s sphere of influence – MESSENGER

  • Demonstrates that neighborhood, school, workplace and the world is his/her mission field.
  • Prays for and shares Christ with specific people.
  • “Invests in and invites” people to our church.

– Adapted from friends at University Presbyterian Church in Oviedo, FL.

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