Discipleship is the primary task of a believer. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, doctors, plumbers, salesmen, vocational ministers...Jesus called each of us to disciple. Here are five realities we've seen in our years of discipling students.
- Disciples disciple.
- Built into the journey of a disciple of Jesus, is the responsibility to disciple.
- As Jesus led his disciples in the role of a rabbi, the given expectation was that they would too eventually take upon themselves the role of a rabbi. They knew there were on the path to disciple others as Christ discipled them.
- Discipleship isn't a weekly structure anymore than worship is 20 minutes of singing on a Sunday morning.
- It's not cut and dry. It's fluid and relational.
- Discipleship isn't simply the transfer of knowledge.
- Education is not the full answer.
- It's a culture, a lifestyle.
- Discipleship is a culture not a structure.
- We should have a mentality of discipleship in everything we do.
- Discipleship should be a thread woven through every aspect of our ministry and life.
- Disciples cannot be viewed as event-driven.
- We must be willing to evaluate our systems of discipleship with different tools than we use for main services, Sunday School, etc.
"...and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2 ESV
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20 ESV