fbpx
  • Why Discipleship

    Why Discipleship

    "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."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

  • Partnerships

    Partnerships

    "And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    - Phillipians 4:19

  • Why Discipleship

    Back

    Why Discipleship

    "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."
    - Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19-20

  • Partnerships

    Back

    Partnerships

    "And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    - Phillipians 4:19

  • Join the Mission

    Back

    Join the Mission

    With your help we are able to train leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples.

What Is Discipleship? (Part 2)

Date: 25/02/22

Category: Devotional General

Tags: Disciplemakers Discipleship

Have you ever thought about discipleship and what it means? What it means for you, defines how you live. 

Discipleship can improve every aspect of your life when you practice it well, allowing you to walk in your true identity as sons and daughters of God.

The Greek word for discipleship is mathēteuō (pronounced math-ayt-yoo’-o) and literally means to make disciples. The word is used in the context of being a disciple of one, following His precepts and instruction, making disciples, teaching, to instructing.

In our Previous Blog, “What is Discipleship? (Part 1)” we started unpacking what Christian discipleship looks like.

Discipleship Is A Process

Discipleship is a process; it is a journey.

In Matthew 4-18-20, Jesus’ call to those first disciples was to come and “follow Me”. A simple call with incredible obligations. To follow Jesus meant to be His disciple, to accept Him as their Master, to accept Him as their Teacher, and to walk the same path of life that He would.

Jesus’ call to discipleship hasn’t changed and still requires a surrendering of our agenda to His, an acceptance to follow His ways rather than ours, complete obedience to the word of God, daily pursuit of Christ, and attentiveness to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Discipleship is a return to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and follower of Christ. Learning how to be a disciple ourselves is the foundation of our understanding of discipleship. To model being a disciple in our own lives lays the foundation for us to be able to help others in their discipleship journey.

Discipleship is crucial to our growth

Discipleship is a crucial and necessary part of our growth as Christians. It works best when we commit to the Lordship of Christ giving Jesus full ownership of what is rightfully his.

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word [the message, the basis] of faith which we preach— because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.
Romans 10:8-10

Romans 10:9 is often used as the foundational scripture of what it means to commit to Jesus. But what does it means to confess that Jesus is Lord?

The following examples are just a few ways we can walk out our discipleship journey well

It Is an Active Mission

Discipleship is an active process. It cannot be forced, but it is something that one has to pursue. At the same time, discipleship is a natural process. If a person is truly and fully converted, then, like a child, they will grow into their belief and become more committed to their faith and desire to share that faith.

Yet, many people in the Christian Faith are not considered disciples. They are not actively involved or engaged in doing something for the Lord. Christ is not the center of their daily lives, nor is he their focus. Those who desire to be disciples must learn to be committed to God and His purpose. They must understand that it is their job to spread the word of God and to help others to understand what it means to be a Christian.

Carrying Out His Work

There are many ways in which a person can be a disciple. Some have chosen to pursue the ministry and are spreading the word to others; others are working as leaders in the church, recruiting and training new members to help strengthen the church and create a strong foundation for the future. Many have the desire to teach but do not have the opportunity to do so, so they search for other areas where they can make a difference. Some devote themselves to helping others, in whatever capacity they are allowed to do so, and they serve that role faithfully and diligently.

To be a disciple is to be truly devoted to Christ and his word. It is a life-long process that is necessary for all Christians. And it is a commitment. A disciple is constantly striving to be better, serve Christ more and in whatever capacity they are called, and they can do so. 

The Christian Faith is a journey of discovery. Each believer must be willing to search for the truth of the Word and learn and grow from that truth. It is about finding out who Christ is and how he and his word can shape their lives. About learning how to serve God so that one can truly and fully devote themselves to spreading the word of God and helping others to find the joy and peace that comes from the source. It is about learning how to share the word so that others can understand.

Conclusion

Discipleship is a key part of being a Christian. It is a necessary element of serving God and reaching out to others. It is a process of learning, growing, and living. Indeed, each follower must commit to being a follower of Christ, not just in word but in action.

It is about becoming something more, something better, something more dedicated and devoted.

Global Disciples Canada is a Christian mission organization that trains local leaders living near least-reached communities to multiply disciples for Christ. One-third of our world hasn’t heard the Good News of Jesus. Yet. Global Disciples refers to these as “least-reached” people, and fewer than 10% of all missionaries work among these groups. We live in a time where many of these people are within reach of a local church. Through our simple and effective training and coaching strategy, believers share the Gospel in their own nations and cultures. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we’re committed to doing just that. If you are looking for a Christian mission organization to partner with to become a better disciple and help make disciples, connect with us today!

christian disciple
Recent Posts
New Year Bible Verses: Empowering Words for a Fresh Start

Here are 10 Bible verses about the new year. Get excited about the plans that the Lord has for you over this coming year!

Empowering Leaders Through Discipleship Training

Global Disciples is committed to empowering leaders through discipleship training. Learn how we equip leaders in challenging settings.

A Mother On Mission

Be inspired by Sarah's faith journey as a mother on a mission, nurturing her children and impacting future generations of faith.

The Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue

We delve into the scriptural background supporting the importance of our words, provide practical ways to harness the power of the tongue.

Get God Stories Every Month. - blog page

Ordinary men and women are bringing the message of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard the name of Jesus. And they are experiencing extraordinary encounters.

Sign up now and receive a monthly reminder of how God is working in the least-reached areas across the world.

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Email*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Related Posts

View All Posts
Expanding the Kingdom through Small Business Development

Peter needed a way to support his family, so he took the Global Disciples Small Business Development training.

Date: 19/04/22

Category: General Testimony

Tags: Asia Disciplemakers Discipleship Evangelism Good News Hindu Least-reached Small Business Development

Read More
The Kingdom of God and Our Citizenship

The Kingdom of God refers to the realm, domain, or sphere in which God reigns. The Kingdom of God is central to the Gospel of Jesus.

Date: 26/08/22

Category: Devotional General

Tags: Disciplemakers Discipleship The Kingdom and the Church

Read More
Meditation and Learning to Listen

Christian meditation is reflecting on God, on His character and on His Word. It is prayerful reading of the Bible with our ears open wide, and pondering on it.

Date: 22/02/22

Category: Devotional General

Tags: Discipleship Good News Intimacy with God Prayer Worship

Read More
The Reach Website Logo

Give monthly, reach the world.

Join our community of monthly donors bringing the hope of Jesus to least-reached people groups around the world.