Discipleship

 

Discipleship is . . .

loving obedience. Jesus calls his disciples to follow his teachings through self-denial. This attitude of self-denial is not particularly popular today, but it was not popular during Jesus’ time either. Being a disciple of Christ, however, demands it.

The articles found in this section address the issue of promoting discipleship within the local church. While discipleship is not a program, it can be encouraged through special mentoring relationships and training classes. New Christians should have the opportunity to learn how to study the Bible and how to develop a personal devotional life. Older Christians should continue to mature while lending guidance to younger Christians. In this manner, the entire body of Christ will be edified.

". . . so that the body of Christ may be built up
until we all reach unity in the faith
and in the knowledge of the Son of God
and become mature,
attaining to the whole measure
of the fullness of Christ."

Ephesians 4:12b-13 NIV



Rainer, T.S., The Book of Church Growth, Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1993, 77-78

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