Discipleship

Discipleship is simply the process of becoming more and more like Jesus in our attitudes, behavior and character. This process is life-long! We never arrive (until we finally see Jesus face to face). I hope my articles help you think about Christianity and eventually discover how you can become a disciple of Jesus Christ.

I trust you will find on this site for tons of information about how to become an authentic disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. Christianity is a process of becoming… it’s a marathon, or a journey rather than a sprint. Take a few steps toward Him today.

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The Missional Church: How Discipleship Ought to Be [ Go ]
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Here is a Brief History of Christianity [ Go ]
The Basics of New Testament Greek [ Go ]
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Instant Bible Studies [ Go ]
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The Story of William Borden [ Go ]


Definition of a Disciple:

I have been debating on just what a disciple of Jesus is supposed to look like, perhaps you’ll take a look at my posts on discipleship:

  1. What Should a Disciple Look Like? 2017
  2. What Does a Disciple Look Like? 2011
  3. How to Spot a Disciple of Jesus 2007
  4. The Marks of a Disciple 2012
  5. Are You Qualified for Service?
  6. The Discipleship Method of Jesus
  7. Jesus Always Exceeded Expectations
  8. Disciples Bear Fruit – Secret of the Vine
  9. The LifeShapes Discipleship Strategy
  10. Notes on the Disciple-Making Pastor
  11. Notes on Simple Church
  12. Discipleship and Grace
  13. Disciples Know How to Hear from God
  14. The Purpose of Small Groups
  15. Why We Need Small Groups
  16. The Values of a Relational Leader
  17. Mentoring 101
  18. What to Do With the Bible
  19. Ten Things You Need to Know About Discipleship
  20. The Biggest Obstacles in Starting Small Groups
  21. Tips for Memorizing Scripture
  22. Sermon-Based Small Groups
  23. Free Market Small Groups
  24. Instant Bible Studies
  25. Leading a Small Group
  26. A Devotional Study Form
  27. Why We Avoid Small Groups
  28. Everyone Needs Recovery
  29. Properly Interpreting Scripture
  30. What are Some Old and New Christian Heresies?
  31. You Have a Calling

Why Bother With Discipleship?

I recently read a great article by Dallas Willard regarding the issue of discipleship. He challenges the modern idea that we can be “vampire Christians” like saying to Jesus… I’d like a little of Your blood, please, for salvation, but I do not care to be your student or to develop Your character. In fact, just let me live my life and I’ll see you in heaven. Willard quotes A. W. Tozer, that salvation apart from obedience is unknown in the sacred Scriptures.

He stresses the importance of becoming an apprentice of Jesus, mainly to avoid the practice of sin, and that it is by spiritual transformation that the “cup becomes clean on the inside” and the “tree will bear good fruit.” This is far from assenting to a list of propositions regarding the Christian faith. Walking with Jesus in discipleship is the only way to exercise a power that is beyond us in dealing with problems and evils that afflict our earthly existence.

He ends the article with this quote:

But, someone will say, can I not be saved–get into heaven when I die–without any of this? Perhaps you can. God’s goodness is so great, I am sure, that He will let you in if He can find any basis at all to do so. But you might wish to think about what your life amounts to before you die, about what kind of person you are becoming, and whether you really would be comfortable for eternity in the presence of one whose company you have not found especially desirable for the few hours and days of earthly existence. And he is, after all, One who says to you now, “Follow me!”

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