Motto: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
If we read and study the New Testament with an open heart, if we are setting our minds to understand its teachings, and if we are committed to apply it in our lives we cannot ignore the aspect of discipleship. I strongly believe that in order to see the practical results in the field of discipleship we need to comprehend the three important pillars on which discipleship stands. I call these pillars the 3-BIG C's of discipleship. These pillars are: (1) Commitment, (2) Continuation and (3) Consistency. ...
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Think beyond ‘just evangelism’ and ‘just missions’; think radical discipleship and spiritual transformation; think spiritual growth and maturity; think multiplication and spiritual reproduction.
Hudson Taylor, (21 May 1832 – 3 June 1905), the famous missionary to China, once said, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” Then, how are we supposed to respond to the Great Commission today?
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My grand conclusion is this: It is all about Jesus and Jesus is all about discipleship.
Let’s pray that Christians all over the world would get out of their comfort zones, and – be discipled (thus becoming equipped for the task) to make disciples. I am fascinated by Paul’s boldness and faithfulness to transfer his godly legacy to his ‘son in faith’ - Timothy before his martyrdom, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Should we do less than that? You be the judge.
With love in Christ,
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Some time ago I had the privilege to work with a ministry in Detroit. During one of the breaks, God gave me an opportunity to share the discipleship vision with a pastor. He was very open to hear what the Spirit helped me understand over the years about this great topic.
I went straight to Luke 9:23 “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” When it comes to discipleship this is one my favorite verses. I told him that Jesus was clear about the requirements for discipleship.
Let me share some of the thoughts I shared with this dear pastor.
1) Deny SELF:
According to Jesus denying self is the starting point. Therefore knowledge of SELF is prerequisite for denying self. If you spell SELF backwards and add an ‘H’ at the end you obtain the word F-L-E-S-H. I believe the greatest obstacle towards genuine discipleship is the flesh. The problem is that Christians cannot crucify what they cannot define. That is why the knowledge of self is so important.
Food for thought: Please define SELF? Please define and describe your FLESH?
2) Take up his CROSS:
Subsequently, knowledge of the CROSS is required in order for one to embrace it. The ‘cross’ has lost its significance in preaching and teaching the Word of God in our days. That is why we don’t see too many Christians carrying their crosses. Most of the time we hear a cross-less gospel; a flesh-appealing, feel-good gospel. The danger is that a cross-less gospel becomes a Christ-less gospel. I am almost sure that some said that “A crossless church makes a Christless Christianity.” I am not sure about you but I fully agree with that statement.
Food for thought: Please provide the biblical definition of the CROSS? Please define the CROSS of Christ?
3) Follow Me:
All hinges in following Christ. In God’s economy follow-ship leads to fellow-ship. Ultimately, Christ wants us to have fellow-ship in order for our follow-ship to work. However, we cannot follow SOMEONE who we did not know. So, in discipleship, knowing Jesus is crucial. Why? Christ says: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). To know Christ personally and intimately is the very essence of the eternal life. John writes, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). Do you see this? In order to follow Jesus we must hear His voice. To have eternal life is to know Jesus. Knowing Jesus leads to knowing God. I hope you see these connections. And these are only a few of these spiritual connections the Holy Spirit is revealing to us through the Word of God.
Food for thought:
Please define biblical DISCIPLESHIP?
Please provide seven (7) spiritual dimensions of genuine discipleship?
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It is a mystery to me why Christians do not know the things mentioned above. Or, maybe there is a reason ‘why’ the spiritual dimensions of discipleship are hidden from so many. Maybe we need to be more involved in being discipled and making disciples. Maybe we need to take the Great Commission more literally. Just may be. Food for thought: What do you think? I love your comments!
With love in Christ’s service,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
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P.S.: We are delighted to have you as a student/disciple (mathetes) in the Advanced Discipleship Training (ADT) offered by URFM.  The Greek word mathetes (translated disciple) is found more than 250 times in the New. According to Greek Bible scholar Spiros Zodhiates, editor of the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, mathetes “means more than mere pupil or learner. It means an adherer who accepts the instruction given to him and makes it his rule of conduct.” In other words a New Testament type disciple is one who learns by putting what he or she learns into experience.
There is a fresh interest in the church today for Christian Discipleship. Many churches and denominations started to realize that there is a need for spiritual formation; therefore some churches increase their budgets and staff for this purpose. Since I love discipleship, this is music to my ears and it makes my heart beat faster...