True disciple ship requires a willingness to sacrifice one’s personal desires in order to be true to the teachings of the Master.
A true disciple is a dedicated student, a loyal follower, and one who strives to emulate the Lord.
Christ requires his disciples to turn aside from the enticements of the world and willingly conform their lives to the principles of the kingdom of God.
Chapter 17, “Where Much Is Given, Much Is Required”
Mosiah 3:18, 19. What relationship must we assume with the Lord in order to become a true disciple?
Moroni 10:30-33. How can a disciple of Christ become sanctified unto perfection?
Matthew 16:25-29, Inspired Version. What must a person deny in order to accept the Savior?
D&C 117:12, 13. What quality did Oliver Granger possess which memorialized his name as a disciple of the Lord?
Jesus the Christ, pp. 452-54. Those who seek to be disciples of Christ may test their own sincerity against the Savior’s requirements.
Bruce R. McConkie in CR, Oct. 1974, pp. 43-47. Those who are not valiant and courageous in the Lord’s service aid the cause of unrighteousness.
Neal A. Maxwell in CR, Apr. 1975, pp. 149-52. A description of the beliefs, commitments, and activities of “the man of Christ.”
Ivan J. Barrett, Joseph Smith and the Restoration, pp. 392-93. Death of David W. Patten, also found in Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C Kimball, pp. 213-14; Joseph Fielding Smith, Essentials in Church History, pp. 187-88.
Some Suggestions for Presentation
There Are Many Good Examples of True Discipleship (A Discussion)
The teacher might elect to read the story of the death of David W. Patten, having first indicated to the class that they evaluate what they hear in light of the idea of what it means to be a disciple. Ask, What is there about Captain Patten that qualifies him to be termed a disciple? (List student responses on the chalkboard.)
Jesus Christ Gave the Word Disciple Its Highest Meaning
If we look at Christ in the role of a disciple of his Father, what do his actions teach us about discipleship?
How Does One Become a Disciple of Jesus Christ?
The instant response and lifetime sacrifice of Peter, Andrew, James, and John, when called to discipleship, are good models of how one becomes a disciple. (See Matthew 4:18-22.)
The Lord is calling disciples to leave their nets today and follow him. Ask, What does it mean to leave one’s nets? What do the nets symbolize?
Counting the Cost of Discipleship (Chalkboard Discussion)
Have the students examine some scriptures that indicate some of the costs associated with discipleship (Luke 14:25-33). Make a brief outline of their findings on the chalkboard. Christ must have first priority in our relationship with others.
The teacher could show from the scriptures examples of those who have had to pay the cost of discipleship (Paul, for example), and then ask, What are some examples of discipleship today? How would you describe what it means to follow the Savior in our world? What trials of discipleship do new converts often face?
What Do These Passages Contribute to Our Understanding of the Responsibilities of Discipleship? (A Discussion)
Ether 4:10-12. Those who seek to believe the scriptures will know by the Spirit that they are true.
D&C 84:87-91. Disciples are discovered in the world by their willingness to accept the message of the Lord’s servants and attend to their needs.