Discipleship

Welcome

“Go make disciples of all nations” was Jesus’ final command to His disciples in Matt. 28:19. We all believe this to be true, and we understand that all “born again” Christians are “disciples,” but do we have a clear picture of what a disciple is? Do we have a good understanding of the discipleship process? Do our churches employ a strategy of making disciples? In this online discussion about Discipleship, we pray there will be a helpful discussion of the various aspects of discipleship so that it will become the central work of the Churches of God, General Conference. Please share your thoughts and responses to others as we look ahead to what God will do through us.

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  1. DEFINING DISCIPLESHIP NEGATIVELY

    Mike,

    Thanks for initiating this important conversation.

    It seems to me that the best place to begin a discussion of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus is with the teaching of Jesus about what it means to be His disciple.

    Jesus Himself chose to speak negatively about discipleship, that is, about who can’t be His disciple.

    He set a very high bar in terms of the minimum required of a disciple. For instance,

    “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters… Yes, even his own life… He cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:26)

    ” … any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:33)

    Certainly, it’s important to interpret how these teachings can be applied in the real world, but they must be included in a discussion of how Jesus followers today obey the command to go and make disciples.

    Blessings.

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