A Four Part Series on Discipleship
by Rt Rev Donald Phillips, Bishop of Rupert’s Land
Jesus, after his resurrection, told his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. EVERY baptized Christian is a disciple of Jesus Christ. So what does this mean for us?
Part 1: Whose disciple are you?
What characterizes a disciple is not that they merely agree with or hold in high esteem, the methods and philosophy of their teacher. Rather, they identify on a very deep level, with the truth and integrity of their teacher’s approach – so much so that they seek to be like their teacher. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
We have been “marked” with the sign of the cross as belonging to him – forever. This means that we have been called to be disciples of Jesus Christ. How are we fulfilling our calling to the discovery of discipleship in Jesus Christ?
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a life-long process of growth. Developing as disciples is one of the primary reasons we gather as “church”. How are we developing our experience and expression of discipleship – and helping others to do the same?
In what ways are members of our congregation (individually and collectively) intentionally participating in God’s mission in the world as disciples of Jesus Christ?