This is Discipleship
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40, ESV)
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. (Matthew 28:19-20, ESV)
Adrian Hickman was my head football coach in high school. He was also my position coach. He played on the defensive line for the Los Angeles Raiders football team, and had a pretty high level of expertise in coaching the big guys in the sport of football. I was a disciple of Adrian Hickman for 6 years. Every day, I woke up, ate, worked out, slept, and dreamed about my life as a young man and athlete under his leadership.
In 1992, I signed a full football scholarship with Louisiana State University under Head Coach Curley Hallman. My position coach was Buddy King in 1992, Larry Zirlien in 1993 to ’94, and Hal Hunter in 1994 to ’96. Each coach was different. Each coach had a different way of life, a different approach to football and a different style of coaching. Every coach taught different techniques. Regardless of what I thought about the coaches, if I wanted to be on the team, I had to be a disciple of the coach and his ways.
Imagine for a moment that I paid no attention to the way my football coaches taught me to play. I couldn’t call myself a student of that coach, could I? Furthermore, no team can survive the division that comes from players who are not aligned with and hearts that are not submitted to the way of the coaches.
When Jesus came to the frontlines of the Jewish community in the First Century and began to assemble His team, He did so by teaching them a way of life that was altogether different from the previous coaches they’d had. He often used phrases like, “You’ve heard it said, … but, I tell you …”. These statements were pillars of clarity regarding His program for eternal life.
Two thousand years later, the ways of Jesus still exist and are revealed to us by God through the Scriptures. People who learn and live His Way are His disciples and they have eternal life.
THREE ESSENTIAL KEYS TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
- DISCIPLESHIP REQUIRES A LEARNER
A disciple is inherently a learner, no matter what that learner is committed to. Christian discipleship requires people who are committed to learning about Christ. Anyone who is a disciple of Jesus is dedicated to learning His ways and putting His ways into practice.
2. DISCIPLESHIP REQUIRES DISCIPLE MAKERS
New learners need help understanding. Certainly it’s possibly for a student to be self-taught in a particular field of study, but isn’t it easier and often times the curriculum more comprehensive when there is an experienced teacher available to help the student? So it is with Christian discipleship; it is essential that people who are more experienced in their process of learning Jesus help people who are newer in the process.
3. ALL LEARNERS ARE CAPABLE OF HELPING SOMEONE ELSE
Regardless of how long a person has been learning Jesus and putting His ways into practice, every single person has a responsibility to help others become followers of Jesus. We all have different perspectives to share and life experiences that can be used to teach and encourage others.
Discipleship is the very definition of echoing God. It is the process by which we hear, learn and know Him. Discipleship is our echo.
Who shaped the way you currently follow Jesus? Write down their names and a one sentence summary of how they shaped your views on following Jesus.
What disciplines are currently in your life that help you grow in your understanding of Jesus and His ways? What is helping you become more like Him?
What are the greatest barriers preventing you from intentionally helping at least one other person grow in their faith? Write down the barrier and why it is a barrier. Then write down the solution or key to removing the barrier and making a difference in someone else’s life.
Lord Jesus, thank you for calling me to follow you and bringing me onto your team. Today I surrender to your call to do my part in making disciples. I want to learn more but I don’t want to just learn for myself. I want to love others by helping others in their understanding of you, but sometimes I feel that I’m not good enough or that I don’t know enough. Lord, draw me close to you and do with me as you will. I love you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
- BAPTISM – if you have never been baptized after receiving salvation, go to myanchorchurch.com/baptism and register for baptism today.
- GROWTH TRACK – register today for Step 1, 2 or 3 in the Growth Track at www.myanchorchurch.com/growthtrack. Then tell someone about what is happening in your journey to Know God.
- GET IN A GROUP – explore the opportunities to connect with other people in an Anchor Group at www.myanchorchurch.com/groups. You will grow and you will help others grow in their faith. Day