Most Christians have their main experience in the community of faith over the weekend, so I have been trying to give you a filter to view your church community through as you worship. Not to be critical — but as a means of evaluating what improvements YOU might be able to make through YOUR influence in the fellowship.
I have been studying discipleship for quite a while in my ministry. It started as a study of leadership — but I soon discovered that good leaders are also those who understand making and being strong disciples.
(This is even true in the secular realm–since truth is truth everywhere, but I digress...)
A few years ago the concept of Relational Discipleship hit my radar screen. It has been interesting to watch how it has suddenly burst into a full-blown movement amongst the “movers and shakers” of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.
While visiting Real Life Ministries in Idaho a few years ago I was introduced to a simple outline of discipleship that has become a foundational part of what I teach and believe.
Matthew 4:19: Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
1. Called by Christ — called to be a follower, a learner, a disciple
2. Changed by Christ — as you follow and learn you simply cannot stay the same. Your worldview and lifestyle is adjusted and changed as you become more and more like Him.
Does this describe you and your Christian experience?
Does it describe the church you attend — are people moving through this cycle?
What steps can YOU take to make this happen around you?