n. to turn all people into mature followers of Christ
Christian discipleship is more than being a believer – it’s about being a follower! Once we make a decision for Christ, then just like Andrew, John and Peter, we must become His disciples and follow Him. Have you chosen to follow Christ? If so, then you are a modern-day Christian disciple! “But I can’t learn personally from Jesus like they did!” you might say. Oh, but you can!
Thanks to the faithfulness of those apostles, who clearly understood their role as messengers of Christ, we have their gospels and letters to go by. Later, when Paul was added to their number (by virtue of his Road to Damascus encounter with the risen Christ), he wrote letters to all the churches he helped create. These books and letters became the New Testament of God’s Word, and unlike those first disciples, we have all of Christ’s instructions at our fingertips!
Christian Discipleship – The Short Course in a Long Journey Christian discipleship begins when you make an active choice to get to know Jesus better. By God’s grace, it is then accomplished in several ways:
- You can study His Word daily and spend time alone with Him in prayer.
- You can become a member of a Bible-teaching church fellowship.
- You can seek out the companionship of other Christians who are growing with Christ.
- You can participate in ministry and meet the needs of other believers.
- You can share what you’re learning about Christ with others, just like Andrew, James, John, Luke, Matthew, Peter, Paul and all the original disciples did.
Like those first twelve, you too can be a believer who becomes a follower and messenger!