Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< Answers for Church Members

Discipleship As A "Program" or a "Lifestyle"? - Answers for Church Members- October 29

  • 2014 Oct 29
  • COMMENTS

9 Marks

 

Should churches primarily view discipleship as a "program" or a "lifestyle"?
 
Church should not primarily view discipleship as special event or a flashy program. Discipleship is not something that’s occasional or out of the ordinary, something that can be sealed off from the rest of our Christian lives. To be a Christian is to be a disciple of Christ. And being a disciple of Christ means
  • (i) looking to others for help in being like Christ (to be a disciple);
  • (ii) looking to help others be like Christ (to disciple).
Therefore, churches should view discipleship as a lifestyle. It should constitute an ordinary part of being a Christian and a church member. It’s what a follower of Christ does.
 
This means that churches may or may not use programs to promote discipleship. But they definitely want promote a culture of discipleship. It should be normal for younger Christians to discuss spiritual matters over meals with older Christians. It should be normal for younger Christians to spend time in older Christians’ homes to see them apply their faith to every area of life, down to how they put their kids to bed. By God’s grace, a church that fosters a culture of discipleship will be full of members who look more and more like the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 11:1).

For more great resources from Mark Dever and 9Marks Ministries, visit www.9marks.org

Archives

Follow Crosswalk.com