What is discipleship?
“The standard definition of “disciple” (noun) is someone who adheres to the teachings of another. It is a follower or a learner. It refers to someone who takes up the ways of someone else. Applied to Jesus, a disciple is someone who learns from him to live like him — someone who, because of God’s awakening grace, conforms his or her words and ways to the words and ways of Jesus. Or, you might say, as others have put it in the past, disciples of Jesus are themselves “little Christs” (Acts 26:28; 2 Corinthians 1:21).
So, what did Jesus say about this? Let’s look at his last key commands to his disciples just before leaving to return to heaven. Please note, especially, what/whose authority He is using.
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) “Then Jesus came to them and said: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus had trained these disciples and now He was telling them to go and make more disciples of His who would in turn make more disciples of His, who in turn would do the same – continuing the process to the very end of the age.
How are we implementing this at CBC?
We are seeking to be obedient to Jesus and continue this process of conforming ourselves to be like Him, and teaching others to do the same, replicating His followers until He comes back (making disciples). We are doing this via small groups of 3-4 people, using a study book to facilitate, working together over a period of months, and asking the Lord to change us as He desires. We have both female and male groups.
What if you have a potential interest in being a part in the work Jesus has given us?
- PRAY about it!
- If you want to speak further, please contact:
Females: Kris Gerbrandt | 913-710-4878 | email@example.com
Males: Dale Franz | 913-687-3535 | firstname.lastname@example.org