It is the only name for Christ's followers in the Gospels. Just as Jesus modeled, we are not to waste the stewardship of our lives with know-it-alls. There the stranger is revealed, in blessing and breaking the bread, as the resurrected Jesus before he disappears. Footnotes: For helpful resources, read our article on. It is possible for one not to be a true part of the Way while externally traveling with Jesus e. Although discipleship was a voluntary initiative with other types of master-disciple relationships in the first century, with Jesus the initiative lay with his call ; ; ; ; cf.
But there are no true apostles in Christian church today. One of the key duties of discipleship is to bring the to others. Cleopas, with an unnamed disciple of Jesus' are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the day of Jesus' resurrection. Origin of the word An apostle was originally and usually referred to the early followers of Jesus who spread the Christian message to the world or to a person of the Christian missionary designated to spread the Christian message. Following Jesus' teachings John 8:31-32. No matter what our maturity level in the Christian life, we have something to offer. Think of a more serious example.
Love for other disciples John 13:34-35. The one who picked up the cross-beam of his cross was headed down a one-way street, never to return. Loving others, especially the unlovable, is the greatest challenge for modern disciples, yet Jesus demands we do it. The motivation of self-serving greatness is broken through redemption, and disciples are thus enabled to focus upon others in servanthood. He or she must model commitment.
Hence, discipleship is a central theological theme of the Gospels and Acts. Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 8 3 , 50-65. In Jesus, God has come to be with his people, to fulfill the deepest meaning of the covenant God with his people as Master, Lord, and Savior. We want to be doers of the Word, and not hearers only James 1:22. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. Thus the call to discipleship comes in the context of the expansion of the kingdom as directed by the Lord.
Obedience is the supreme test of faith in God 1 Samuel 28:18 , and Jesus is the perfect example of obedience as He lived a life on earth of complete obedience to the Father even to the point of death Philippians 2:6-8. For usage information, please read the. Are you exempt from the task of discipling others if you do not have the gift of teaching? The goal of discipleship is to develop healthy believers that walk by faith, communicate their faith, and multiply their faith. Matthew 11:28-30 Those who listened to Jesus were agrarian and familiar with his farming metaphors. A disciple is first a believer who has exercised faith Acts 2:38.
Peter exhorts those in the church to look at Jesus' example and to follow in his steps. Differences in meaning While a disciple is a student, one who learns from a teacher, an apostle is sent to deliver those teachings to others. It is not the same as being a student in the modern sense. A Christian disciple is a believer who follows Christ and then offers his own as model for others to follow 1 Corinthians 11:1. He literally staked His whole ministry on twelve men. Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World.
The response to the call involves recognition and belief in Jesus' identity ; , obedience to his summons , and counting the cost of full allegiance to him ;. We are to share our faith and tell nonbelievers about the wonderful changes Jesus Christ has made in our lives. The defining trait of any Christian disciple is faith. He demands exclusive, complete, and unflinching obedience to Himself. It is in the context of deepening intimacy that he commands us to be like him.
He helps us resist temptation and overcome trials Ephesians 6:10-18. In the world of the Bible, a disciple was a person who followed a teacher, or rabbi, or master, or philosopher. The Pharisees apparently had their own disciples and they too claimed to be disciples of Moses John 9:28-29. What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ, much less to make more disciples? They had the benefit of walking with Christ in the flesh. Often using the Torah and entire Old Testament. In the Old Testament 1C.