What does it mean to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Question: What is Christian discipleship?
Answer: By definition, a disciple is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily—studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way.
This answer came from an article posted on GotQuestions.org. How would you define Christian discipleship? Check out all of the sites below and see what their definition of discipleship contains.
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One of the most amazing sites I have encountered is the CORE Discipleship site. Much of what you will discover in our site will lead you to CORE Discipleship’s information. While I cannot wholeheartedly agree with every theological statement CORE propagates, I have found so much useful information that I believe their site to be helpful to most Christians. Please don’t get sidetracked by theological issues. Look at the assets available to win souls for Christ. As we have stated in other sites that this ministry propagates: One thing that all born-again believers have in common is that Jesus Christ is the only Savior. He was born of the virgin, conceived by the Holy Spirit, lived a totally sinless life, was the sacrifice for our sins at Calvary where He was crucified, then buried in a borrowed tomb. His resurrection on the third day, according to Paul proved Jesus Christ to be the Son of God, with Power. After His resurrection Jesus continued on this earth for forty days teaching His disciples. At the end of the forty days, before ascending to Heaven in a cloud, Jesus instructed His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended upon the chosen disciples (at least 120 of them). They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance. Since that time many interpretations, thoughts, teachings have come forth. It is not the purpose of this particular page to address all of those issues.
Presently it is sufficient to say that materials are available for every minister and Christian who has a computer and internet connection, almost anywhere in the world to find study aids and information. Study! Study! Study! Pray! Pray! Pray! Study with a hunger that cannot be satisfied. Pray with a passion and perseverance that cannot be denied. Ask God for the truth! Seek God for the truth! It is His truth, and He will reveal truth to any honest seeker. Do not settle for what someone else has said is truth. Seek until you are satisfied in your own heart that you have discovered the truth. Then do not be so dogmatic as to think that you, a finite being, could not possibly be wrong. If you remain humble and teachable, God will use you. You cannot change others opinions or convince them in your own strength. You can only relate what God has put into you. It is the Holy Spirit’s work to take care of the rest. Most of us believe pretty much the same things. Because we are human, weaknesses of the flesh, our own pride, etc., issues of grammar, syntax, semantics, our background, and millions of other things get in the way and we lose the ability to communicate effectively.
CORE Discipleship has several free discipleship books
that you may find interesting. Several times visiting the site no images appeared. Perhaps this is an issue with their site, but I have visited the page and all images were in view. By perusing their discipleship master-plan
you will be able to see their reasons for existing and discover some very useful information in making disciples. Finally, Core Discipleship has a blog that provides manifold resources for discipleship
May the manifold blessings of the Lord be yours as you endeavor to become more useful in His Kingdom!
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Over forty years ago Jesus came to me in a vision and simply commanded, “Follow Me.” Circumstances leading up to that event are not important. My life since this signal event has been challenging. As I reflect upon this incident I am reminded of Peter’s encounter with Jesus in John 21. Jesus was on the seashore calling out to the disciples who had gone fishing, fished all night and caught nothing. After the disciples came to shore, had eaten of the fish Jesus prepared for them, He challenged Peter to “follow me.” Peter was overtaken with this and questioned Jesus about what John was to do? Isn’t that just like us? Jesus’ response to Peter was, “if I will that he tarry til I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” It is the true disciple’s responsibility to “follow” Christ. Irregardless of who or whatever may come or go, follow Christ. We are to be concerned about others, to love them, to pray for them, to lead them, to teach them, to set an example. However, our main goal, our one purpose is “follow Christ.” “Where He leads me I will follow. . . . I’ll go with Him, all the way,” are the words to the song of committal I have sung many times. You can find the entire song at this site.
On another site I ran across a message by John Stott entitled “The Call to Follow Christ.” You may read the entire message by clicking on the link above. If you need translation, follow the link to the page, copy the link, then open the link in Google Translator.
Making disciples “a few at a time” is the way Greg Oden suggests doing it.
In an article Oden wrote for “Knowing and Doing” magazine under a subtopic “Model for Multiplication“ he contrasts one-on-one with triad/quad or small group disciple-making.
Oden shares how he came to the realization that he had been doing discipleship wrong and needed to implement change. Oden’s discovery is that disciples are made in relationships and not in programs. A relational approach differs from a program because focus changes from information to intimacy, responsibility from one or a few to many. Emphasis changes from regimentation and synchronization of programs to customization based on growth process of individuals. Program accountability is replaced with focus around changes in the individual’s life.
Oden adds a great deal more about relational discipleship including three necessary elements which include trust, truth in community (covenant), and life-change accountability.
Oden’s entire article can be accessed at the following link:
Making Disciples Jesus’ Way
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During a seminary class about leadership and growth the Holy Spirit gently spoke one word into my spirit. That word was “discipleship.” It never occurred to me how important that one thought would become. Through the years I attempted to disciple utilizing the pulpit for teaching by preaching expository type sermons. Occasion also provided opportunity to teach through the Bible, which I attempted to do during the mid-week service. My education and ministry developed into teaching at a small Bible college and a Bible Institutes program in Mexico. Now the internet and the world wide web has become very important to me. Opportunities are open to me to provide training and leadership in Mexico, especially, and other fields. This site is an attempt to make educational materials about discipleship available to every venue [the place where something happens] the Lord will lead me to.
Surfing the net brought me into contact with a proliferation [a large number of something] of materials that could be shared with visitors to this site. Those who peruse [to look at or read (something) in an informal or relaxed way] this site will find links to pages from other web locations as well as posts from me or other contributors. Please follow the links where applicable and avail yourself of the opportunity to grow in knowledge of discipleship, leadership, and become an informed, active and productive disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please follow the link below. To translate any of the document to your language, download and save to your desktop, then click on the Google Translator link. When the window opens, below the “Translate” block, you will see “type text or a website address or translate a document.” Click on “translate a document.” Another window will open. Click on the “Browse” button, select the file to translate, select language, then click the “translate button.” The document in the link below will be translated in the language you selected.
The Call to Discipleship
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