Thoughts on Discipleship
The goal of all our teaching, instruction and spiritual investment in all- pastors and lay
leader alike is to encourage all followers into further obedience of fulfilling two things. The
Great Commission and the Great Commandment. The Great Commission is to make
disciples of all people, therefore this opportunity puts us in the privileged position of being
able to disciple makers. “A disciple is a person who has trusted Christ for salvation and
has surrendered completely to Him. He or she is committed to practicing the spiritual
disciplines in community and developing to their full potential for Christ and His mission.”
In order to reach the world with the hope of Christ, the Gospel, the message about the life,
death and resurrection of Christ must permeate and consume every individual believer.
The beginning of all discipleship should begin with an accurate understanding of the
Gospel message. It is from an accurate understanding of the Gospel that the power of
God is unleashed in the life of the believer to then fulfill the mission of God. The goal is not
to make more disciplined, knowledgeable followers; but to see transformed lives that
prayerfully labor for the transformation of others.
In all our teaching and instruction, the most rudimentary principles that are at the core of
being a disciple of Christ that cannot be forsaken and should form the basis of all
discipleship training that transcends culture are- Sacrificial, Relational, Transformational.
Characteristics of a Disciple—
Sacrificial- A disciple has not only embraced the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, but in
light if His great sacrifice, the disciple is prepared to make every sacrifice for the glory of
God and expansion of His kingdom.
Relational- While we are saved as individuals, we are saved to something bigger than
ourselves, the body of Christ. The disciple recognizes that the Christian life is not intended
to be lived out in isolation, but with a community of believers. The Church is God’s remedy
to loneliness and isolation in the World.
Transformational- While we come to Christ as we are, because of the power of the
Gospel and Spirit we are not staying as we are. The Gospel is the good news that God
saves, changes and transforms lives. A changed life brings God maximum glory; it shines
as a city on hill. Moreover the goal is constant spirit empowered development and growth.
This happens in the life of the believer as they is exposed to Christ in the reading, teaching
and meditation of the Word of God and prayer.