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Become, not just to do

Discipleship in general is an individual who follows the teaching and the lifestyle of another.  That individual commits to a rule and way of life.

In many respects the difference between a Trappist Monk and a Benedictine Monk is their order or rule of life and teaching.  Discipleship specifically related to the followers of Christ and the movement and continuum He began is still related to His teaching and way of life.   The differentiator is to what end and what path.

Parenting in many respects is a form of discipleship, we are teaching and we are modeling.  The followers of Christ are differentiated by the truth that is taught and the life that is lived, to simply know the truth but not live the life is not discipleship.

The ultimate end in Christian discipleship is replication, “Go make disciples”.  The question arises, “Am I making another disciple?”  The goal when leading on the discipleship path is always to become, not just to do.  Much of what happens in the church is information teaching and mobilizing individuals to a task, often what is missing is developing them to the point of replication.

2 thoughts on “Become, not just to do”

  1. Parenting is the ultimate discipling. We have 18 years with them to teach them. How long does it take to disciple an adult? How do you know if the person discipling you is qualified? Does it require us to acknowledge the discipler is a better follower of Christ than we are? How is that verified and how do we know when the process is finished? And when it is finished, are we a disciple of that person or a disciple of Christ? Is it possible to become a disciple of Christ solely through the Word of God left by the original disciples?

    In Matthew 13, Jesus calls us to become disciples of the kingdom of God.

    Does all of this require a chain of official disciples (as I believe the Catholic church teaches)? Or does it simply require a person that has studied the Word in depth to pass his knowledge on to others? And where does wisdom fit into this model?

    Must we verify the actions, knowledge and wisdom of a person before we allow them to disciple us?

  2. Great questions. There is a great burden on the discipler. This is a very serious matter. Especially, as Pastor Jeff mentioned yesterday, when the Holy Spirit calls. We must obey and be oh so careful to walk in His ways if we are to lead men and women into a deeper walk in Christ. Luke 6:40 states: “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

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