Over the past few weeks we’ve been searching the Scriptures and discussing what it means to:

– Be a Christian

– Follow Christ

– Be a disciple of Christ

– Reproduce spiritually

Starting from John 6:60-68, we’ve had some great input about what or who a “follower of Jesus” is or does.  How do they act?  What do they say?  How, when, and where do they relate to those who don’t yet know the Lord Jesus?  Why?  What’s their worldview?  What are their core beliefs, values, perspectives, priorities?  Is being a “follower” of Christ different from being a “disciple”?  How?

Here’s an interesting perspective  from Haggai and Matthew 28:18-20 posted by Don Davis.  It’s titled Simple Discipleship – Where to Start.

The author of this intriguing post asserts that what most Christians consider “discipleship” or “disciple training” = “ministry training” = developing a set of skills and abilities.  He writes:

The problem with skill based discipleship is that the Church is filled with people whose value is determined by what they do rather than who they are. Their identity is determined by a position in ministry rather than their position in Christ. Therefore you have a highly skilled church that has very little interaction with God and are susceptible to moral failure, chronic disappointment, and an inflated ego that serves self (“my ministry”) rather than others.

Something to think about, huh?  He continues:

The solution is to make disciples through relationships rather than academics; using their life experiences, tragedies, and victories of life. Life itself would serve as the lessons and the curriculum would be provided by searching the scriptures and determining what the Lord says regarding what is happening from day to day. By teaching the disciple to relate their situations to the Word of God and in the context of the gospel of the Kingdom, the disciple’s relationship to the Lord grows deeper and they are able to withstand life in this fallen world in victory and be an example of a disciple of Jesus. …

Training and preparing disciples in ministry skills is important and should not be neglected, but it should never be considered the goal of discipleship. Discipleship’s goal is to transform our lives so that we are like Jesus, imitators of Him, obedient to Him. This must be in the area of how we live, our character and how we respond to life and apply the truth of His Word to those situations. Therefore we must be able to hear the voice of our Lord.