Five Marks of a Spirit-Empowered Disciple

Before Jesus left the planet, He promised His followers that they would become Spirit-empowered disciples pursuing His mission.

When the promised Spirit filled them on the day of Pentecost, He turned ordinary fishermen into extraordinary fishers of men.

Simple Galileans began preaching the Gospel in the languages of the nations. Peter, who had denied Jesus three times preached a powerful message of the Gospel and 3,000 people were added to their numbers.

A movement began.

The next day, and the next, and the one after that, the new believers committed themselves to one another and to God.

Acts 2:41-47 is a record of those first few days and weeks of the movement. These verses reveal some key traits or marks of a Spirit-empowered follower of Jesus.

1. Wholehearted Worship

Then fear came over everyone…

Wholehearted worship is active. Worship is sacrifice. Whether “in the temple complex” (large gatherings) or “from house to house” (smaller, more intimate gatherings), when we are together with other believers, our worship should be filled with energy and praise.

Worship is both ritualistic and relational. A spirit-empowered disciple will dedicate himself to the celebration of communion, to prayers, and to other elements in a consistent way with other believers. On the other hand, worship is also spontaneous and from the heart. There ought to be a holy awe that permeates our corporate worship and our private worship because God’s Spirit is on the move.

We Put ‘Super’ in Superficial Small Groups

Does your small group barely scratch the surface when it comes to building deep relationships and studying God’s Word together?

The following video is a hilarious example of a shallow small group. Too bad it’s often true. I love it when humor is used to expose our inconsistencies. Check it out:

If you are trying to find some training resources for small group leaders might be a good place to start. They are the ones that produced the above video but they also have a lot of training videos that deal with specific topics related to leading small groups. Some of the most influential voices in the small group space are featured in their archives.

Have you used for your small group leader development? Do you have other small group resources that you recommend? Feel free to link to them in the comments. While you’re at it, describe a breakthrough moment when your small group went deeper in your understanding of God and/or one another.