Disicpleship 101

I'm starting a new series on discipleship basics in our church magazine.

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In the last mini-series in Ministry Matters I looked at the foundation of the Christian faith by asking the question: What is the Gospel? The next question I want to consider is: What is a Disciple? In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus says to his disciples:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

In other words, the focus of the church is to be a group of disciples who go and make more disciples. The first step in this process is for someone to trust the gospel, which is why I started there in the previous series. A natural next step is for them to be baptised (we will at some point consider questions about baptism and communion as well!). After that, what does it mean to be a disciple though? Another way to ask the question is: What does the Christian life look like?

In a sense Jesus answers that question for us. If we are Christians, we are to be taught his word and to obey it. In one sense, that is such an all encompassing description, that a short series of magazine articles on discipleship will always be insufficient. Despite that, I want to look at a few elements of discipleship that are a significant part in ensuring that we are disciples of Jesus.

Over the next few issues I plan to look at the following topics:

  1. Bible
  2. Prayer
  3. Church
  4. Evangelism


 The goal is to help ensure that we are disciple-making disciples at St Luke's and St Peter's and so obedient to our Lord's command for the church.

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