Below are some misconceptions about discipleship that need to be cleared up.
Five Misconceptions of Discipleship
- Discipleship takes place when people attend church programs.
In fact, much good teaching can take place during church, but it is often too general and not targeted to the special needs of a new Christian.
- Discipleship just happens.
In fact — it is vital that we talk to people. Talk to each other. Discipleship is a process of working through how we each have been called into Jesus’ service and how to become more like Him. There is both training and relationship involved.
- Discipleship is only for new Christians.
Growing in discipleship is a life long experience. I have been a Christ-follower for over 50 years. Every week I discover something new, or I learn of a way in which I am falling short. A disciple always follows his master’s life. Once a disciple, always a disciple.
- Discipleship is a program.
In fact, discipleship is a lifestyle. We are Christ’s disciples and this Christian life calls us to learn and live like Him. This will require significant changes in the way we think and live.
- Discipleship is only for certain parts of our lives.
In fact, Christ wants to teach us in each aspect of our lives from our parenting skills to handling finances. This differs from some cults which will actually make your decisions for you! Mentoring is a term that describes the training of a person in one or more specifc areas.
Discipleship–It is a big commitment.
We often speak of “giving your life to Christ”, but we seldom think through the complete ramifications of that. We literally give our life. All of it.