To be a disciple or not to be a disciple…does it matter?

17 Jan

What do you think, is it an option for Christians to be disciples?  Is it possible that there are levels of connection with Jesus that are okay?  Specifically, while we all have to be believers in him, is it okay to be a believer but not a disciple?  Maybe discipleship is for the really intense followers of Jesus, like missionaries or pastors or leaders in the church?

On Sunday we begin a three-part teaching on Discipleship.  This is the second topic in our sermon series called Faith Church New Year’s Resolutions.

So what do you think?  Does being a disciple matter, in God’s eyes?  What are some passages of Scripture that would have something to say to help answer these questions?

Let’s discuss!

2 Responses to “To be a disciple or not to be a disciple…does it matter?”

  1. Lisa B January 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Tough one. And good questions. I was thinking today about two people in Jesus’ time: the thief on the cross and Judas. The thief is typically used as a deathbed confession example. Obviously, he had no opportunity to be a disciple in the sense that we might think of it. And Judas … he walked with Jesus and was among the 12 and yet that didn’t change the choices he made. I’m not going to start a salvation/apostasy discussion, but those are two examples that don’t really fit a discipleship mold. Then you have the words Jesus spoke about the cost of being a disciple (Luke 14 is one). He doesn’t seem to be trying to gain disciples when he says these things. (And isn’t there a passage where after Jesus talks about this, a bunch of people who had been following him leave? I can’t find it just yet.) But it’s hard to talk about levels of commitment sometimes because it sounds like demands (you can only be a disciple if you do such and such). I think the people who wanted to know what they had to do to be saved, or when we ask what do I have to do to be a disciple, were looking for the minimum requirement. Like when we say, how close can I come to sinning without actually sinning? We should be as far from sin as we can get. With being a disciple, the question isn’t, what’s the least I can do and still be called a follower of Christ or a Christian but what more can I do? Discipleship is always going to be a growing process and it’s individual because we all grow at different rates and in different areas. But I think we should always be moving toward Christ-likeness, whether that means we do one more thing or 10 more things. This got to be a little bit rambly. I hope that makes sense!

    • joelkime January 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      Great stuff here, Lisa. You hit on a couple angles that will be very helpful to the sermon. I think the passage you were thinking of, when people left Jesus, could be John 6. All that talk about eating his flesh and drinking his blood didn’t go over very well.

      Verse 66: “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.”

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