It is a high privilege for a believer to respond to Christ’s challenge to follow Him as a full-time disciple. Jesus’ call to such full-time service remains essentially unchanged from His invitation to the fishermen on the shores of Galilee long ago: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
It is our conviction from Scripture that the ideal of such discipleship entails a commitment to devote one’s life to winning others to Christ, and to teaching and training others to follow Jesus as His disciples. “Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). “By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit [others won to Christ]; so will you be My disciples” (John 15:8).
Full discipleship also entails a renouncement and forsaking of the pursuit of material wealth, as well as worldly and materialistic ambitions and endeavors. “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who enlisted him as a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:4). Christ plainly set forth the rigorous terms of the high standard of discipleship when He said, “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33).
Christian discipleship is characterized by the commitment to believe in and follow the teachings of Jesus. “If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed” (John 8:31 AKJV). We believe that Jesus still challenges believers today to follow Him and to live according to His teachings.
The Gospels exemplify the life of Jesus and His closest disciples, who made their service to God their life calling. We believe that God still calls people today to a life dedicated to His service. The manner and degree to which they commit their time or resources to Christ is a matter of personal faith and conviction. We encourage individuals to follow Jesus according to the personal call He gives them, and to enact their commitment to God’s will for their lives.
“Discipleship is not dynamic until it is willing to be despised by the World. Furthermore, discipleship is not dynamic until it is despised by the World. And the converse is equally true. Discipleship is not despised by the World until it is dynamic.”
Verses on Discipleship
Matthew 4:19 Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 12:50 Whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in Heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother.
Matthew 19:29 Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Luke 9:23,24 If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.
Luke 9:62 No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.
John 8:31b If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed.
John 15:8 Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.
2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him Who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
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