Discipleship – Step One
God is continually loving every one of us through the gift of the person of Jesus Christ. We must continually receive that love and respond by offering ourselves to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. We do that by coming to know Jesus more deeply in the community of his fellow disciples.
Discovery: Realizing God’s love and what it means for me
Discovering God’s love for us in Jesus, like any relationship, calls for a response in our lives – to God – to each other – to God’s creation. Why do I make certain life choices (values, principles, practices) to become a disciple? Because I’ve engaged in a loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Development: Going deeper in knowing God and knowing myself as a disciple of Jesus
Developing ways of looking at the world and myself from God’s perspective and choosing to act out of that world view. It involves learning on one’s own and in community; incorporating that learning into one’s daily life; and continuing to reflect on this reality through worship, study, prayer and fellowship. How do I be a disciple? I actively participate in life each day in the light of the love and wisdom I experience in my relationship with God through Jesus.
Being willing to see all of your life as part of God’s purposes in the world, and therefore expecting God to accomplish good and loving things in the lives of others through their encounter with the living Christ in your life. How do I live as a disciple? I order my life around the love and truth of God I experience in Jesus Christ.
Mission – Living out discipleship
God calls Jesus’ disciples to mission. Here are the areas of mission that we are working towards as Anglicans.
Tell: share the good news
Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
Teach: teach new believers
Teach, baptize and nurture new believers
Tend: help people in need
Respond to human need by loving service
Transform: work to make things fairer for all
Seek to transform the unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
Treasure: look after the planet
Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Read more on Discipleship from the Bishop.