A good friend, after hearing about a new short-term study, Discipleship for the Ages, pulled me aside and asked me an interesting question. She wanted to know exactly what “discipleship” means. Without hesitating I told her that a disciple is a student; a follower who accepts and assists in spreading the teachings of another. So, for us as Christian disciples, we are a people who accept and proclaim the teachings of Jesus. I also told her that we often talk about discipleship in terms like prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness.
But the more I thought about it, the more I wish I hadn’t answered so quickly. I wish I hadn’t given her such a “churchy” answer. Sure, prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness make for an easy sermon series on stewardship and discipleship, but I think there was something lacking in my answer. And for that, I need to apologize to her.
Discipleship is not knowing more information about Jesus, but knowing Jesus and being transformed by His grace and love. When those first disciples chose to follow this itinerant rabbi, Jesus didn’t provide a syllabus or make a Power Point presentation or preach a 5-part sermon series. Instead, Jesus taught discipleship as they lived life together, as He invited the disciples to become part of God’s story of redemption and grace.
To me, that is discipleship: an invitation given to you and me to join God’s story. So, perhaps discipleship begins with two basic questions:
- What is God doing in the world?
- What part does God want me to play?
In order to know what part God wants me to play in His story, I need to know my story so that I can live a story that has meaning and purpose. Throughout the month of October, beginning this Sunday, I will be leading a study during the Sunday School hour that will help each of us discover our story. Together we will learn how to live a better story and a more meaningful life. We will meet in Music rooms A&B.
I hope you will come and check it out! If you need more information, please holler at me . . .
If you are living life at full throttle . . . you are engaged in embracing or in developing your career path, your calendar is filled with responsibilities beyond your choosing, and your days require all the energy you have . . . Marty is leading a class for you. What does it mean to be a disciple when life’s demands are rich and full? The Kairos Class is sponsoring a class during the Sunday’s in October. It will meet in Room A/B in the music suite at 9:15.