The Four Pillars of Discipleship
This kick off series for 2019 links with our four Network Values and our focus on being disciples who make disciples.
The word disciple isn’t a common word today outside of Christian circles. Even for us as Christians, we might wonder what it means to be a disciple. What parts of the Christian life are we talking about when we think about discipleship? And how does being a disciple look in the nitty gritty of everyday life?
Jesus said this when he addressed his own disciples about what it meant to be his disciple: ‘Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’ (Luke 9:23)
At the heart of being a disciple seem to be the ideas of sacrifice and following Jesus.
For those first disciples, there was obviously a very physical following of Jesus as they walked with him during his ministry, listening and watching as he preached, healed, calmed storms and drove out demons (among many other things!) There was a very obvious sacrifice as they left their livelihoods, their homes and their families to go on their journey following Jesus.
For us as disciples over 2000 years later, what does this sacrifice and following of Jesus involve? What does it look like for us to live as disciples of Jesus in 2019?
Our first sermon series for 2019 is only a brief dip into the world of being a follower of Jesus. There are a plethora of books that address the subject of discipleship from many different angles. Please ask one of the church staff if you’re interested in some recommendations for reading more.
But in this series of sermons and Connect Group studies, we’ve chosen to address just four key aspects of the life of a disciple and to explore these as they connect with our four Network values. These are:
God’s call to us to follow Jesus and share the good news, and how that connects with worshipping God;
God’s call to be people who are growing in community and godliness of character with each other;
God’s call to be people who serve him with all our hearts and what it means to be both a follower and a leader; and
God’s call to live sacrificially with everything he’s given us and how this looks in our stewardship of our resources.
Our prayer as we read, think and pray together about being disciples of Jesus is that God will indeed be transforming us into the likeness of Christ as we follow Jesus in every aspect of our lives.
Mark Juers & Natalie Rosner