A Disciple Submits
1. To Jesus
Jesus is Lord. When we happily embrace his Lordship in our lives, we grant him the right to tell us what we will and will not say, what we will and will not do. His leadership is both demanding and life-giving, transforming us into people who think, act and speak like Him.
2. To the Body of Christ
A follower of Jesus is not an island. He or she chooses to obligate themselves to their brothers and sisters in Christ. We willingly submit to the influence, wisdom and words of other Christ-followers.
3. To a person discipling them
We entrust ourselves to the care and direction of someone who deeply loves the triune God (Father, Son and Spirit), the mission of God, the body of Christ, and us. Thus we gladly grant this person the right to speak truthfully to us about who we are and who we need to become.
A Disciple Deeply Connects to Jesus
1. Through His Words
Jesus taught. His words inform our understanding of reality and our role in the world. His words are eternal life and the spiritual food for our souls. His words hold the ultimate authority for what we believe and how we should live.
2. Through His Way of Life
Jesus modeled for us a way of life, not merely a way of thinking. Being a disciple of Jesus means doing the things he did, not just knowing the things he taught.
3. Through His Death and Resurrection
The message of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the power of God for salvation. Jesus was crucified on the cross to atone for our sin. He was raised from the dead to validate his identity and defeat death. We cherish and are defined by these realities.
A Disciple Deeply Connects to People
1. Through Hospitality
Hospitality is kindness shown to people – people we might naturally know, people we have just met and people whose life experiences are very different from our own. The primary expression of this kindness is fellowship around a meal in a home and providing for material needs. We demonstrate hospitality when we regularly and intentionally invite into our lives all kinds of people.
2. Through Intentionality
We consciously engage the people around us – family members, co-workers, neighbors, friends, people at the grocery store, etc. We take relational initiative with people we don’t know or who we have just met. We are proactive in inviting people into our lives. We are increasingly purposeful in the questions we ask and the love we show.
3. Through Time Spent
In our fast-paced and self-seeking world there is no substitute for setting aside significant amounts of time to simply be with and invest in people.
A Disciple Deeply Connects to Mission
1. By Doing Justice
Loving vulnerable people is the activity of those who follow Jesus. We steward all our resources – education, wealth, relationships, spiritual gifts, and experience – towards care for the “least of these.”
2. By Witnessing
Followers of Jesus bear witness to the reality of Kingdom of God through their activity and their words. We testify to the presence of Jesus as we act and speak of his saving work on the cross. Both are necessary.
3. By Financial Generosity
Followers of Christ faithfully bring a tithe (10% of income) and joyfully give an offering (as much money as possible) to the work of the Kingdom of God.
A Disciple finds and makes other disciples of Jesus
1. By teaching the path of submission.
2. By deeply connecting them to Jesus, people and mission.
3. By helping them find and make other disciples of Jesus.