Discipleship

A disciple is truthful

Is Truthful A disciple is someone who keeps his word, someone who can be trusted, someone whose “yes” means yes and whose “no” means no. In Mt. 5:33-37, Jesus was warning his disciples not to swear. He ends by saying: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”[1] In Mt. 5:6 Jesus declares that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”[2] Therefore, to be true and straightforward is one of the characteristics a disciple needs to show. A disciple is someone who keeps…

A disciple is a loving person

Loving Person A disciple is expected to demonstrate love, not only to those who already love him but to everyone with whom he lives life. Being a loving person is not a suggestion, but rather, it is a command Jesus himself commanded his disciples to do. He said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”[1] There is a reason for being a loving person. Jesus hid it not. He was intentional in letting know his disciples what was expected…

Discipleship

The term disciple comes from Latin discipulus ‘learner’, from discere ‘learn’[1]. In other words, a disciple is a follower, someone who follows a leader, and discipleship is a philosophy. To be a disciple is to be a pupil. It is interesting that the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines the terms as a personal follower of Christ[2]. In essence, those who have placed faith in Jesus Christ and have decided to live a life committed to the principles contained in the Bible are disciples. Those of us who willingly have made the decision to live lives that reflect Jesus so that others might see…

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