Follow, Learning, Loving & Teaching

“Christianity without the living Christ is
inevitably Christianity without discipleship,
and Christianity without discipleship is
always Christianity without Christ”.
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(The Cost of Discipleship)

I’ve often wondered why we make a point to make other Christians. This isn’t what Jesus called us to do. In Jesus’ parting words to the early believers He left them with the command of “making disciples” (re. Matthew 28:16-20). Why is it that we are not following this precept of Jesus?

In a recent Bible Study group I was leading, I asked the participants that same question. One of the participants said, “I have no clue what it means to be a disciple,” and another said, “I feel as though being a Christian is easier than being a disciple.” Both of these statements are rather profound and could be the reason we as Christians we do not pursue making disciples.

I have to admit that I feel as though I’m only scratching the surface of what it means to be a disciple. This weekend as we host the West Texas Elders’ Retreat, we will be going through a 4-part study of what it means to be a disciple. During this seminar we will look at four components to discipleship: Following, Loving, Learning & Teaching.

The premise for this seminar will be simple as we will be looking to Jesus’ examples of what it means to follow Him, love like Him, learn from Him and teach like Him. Jesus started the early disciples with this simple invitation, “Come, follow me…” (Matthew 4:19).

Are you willing to follow where He wants to lead? The best part of the journey is that we will have Christ with us through it all.

Grace and Peace!
Pastor Geraldo