Case-Making 101: What is Discipleship and why is it Important?

Discipleship is a tough commitment in our fast paced, independent and self-sufficient world today. Many of us, self included, believe that we can take care of ourselves and do the God thing on our own terms. But, is that what the Bible teaches? Check out this two minute video clip on Discipleship:


I believe there are two important parts to Discipleship:

1. Discipleship: In Community

“Only a disciple can make a disciple.”  – A. W. Tozer

  • We cannot do life alone, and we cannot enjoy our relationship with God without having Christian brothers and sisters to share it with.
  • Doing life with other Christians in community is important for prayer, support and growth.
  • The New Testament book of Acts and most of the Epistles gives us a glimpse of how early Christians lived in community in tough times, helping each other through famine and persecution.
  • Hebrews 10:23-25 gives us a Biblical mandate for supporting each other in Christian community:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

  • Growth comes in community and by supporting each other as we share the things we learn. (Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Peter 3:15)
  • This kind of discipleship can come about in various ways: Small groups, classes, worship services, life groups and working together in community outreach services.

However, discipleship should not be confined within a Christian’s own small community or church for one very important reason…

Listen to Francis Chan speak on the urgency for Christians in America to be practicing “Discipleship” in our increasingly dangerous world.

2. Discipleship: Sharing the Gospel with others

“His voice leads us not into timid discipleship but into bold witness.”  – Charles Stanley

Why do we need to share our faith? Simple answer, because God asked us to. We find this command given to us in Scripture, we know it as the “Great Commission:”

Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:18-20

  • The Great Commission is God’s call to all Christians to share their faith.
  • There are so many ways to share our faith: On social media (the fastest growing means of communication); in person with a friend, acquaintance, non-believer or seeker; with a person of another faith, or the all so scary street witnessing. All of these requires the effort on our part to develop a relationship.
  • Another important reason to share our faith: BECAUSE IT IS TRUE!!! We live in a culture today where truth is said to be relative (but is that true?). Christianity is an evidential faith and truth is easy to prove with just a little training in apologetics.
  • Whether or not you are a new Christian the excitement of learning about, and sharing, God’s plan of salvation as ultimate truth is something to be proud of and hang on to forever!

Listen to Pastor Greg Laurie explain the importance and excitement of Discipling others: 

Francis Chan is an awesome Pastor, Speaker and Disciple-maker. His book “Multiply, disciples making disciples” is a must read. Listen to Chan, in this 45 minute presentation, speak on the Great Commission:

Join us next week as we continue to build a case for Christianity.

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You will not find this material in the public school curriculum even though it is based on solid evidence and grounded in research. It is ironic that following the evidence to where it leads stops at the door of our public schools as they will not let a “Divine footprint” in!  Join us as we examine evidence for Christianity and learn how to become a thoughtful defender and ambassador of your faith.

Click into the resource page of this website to view many of the top Christian thinkers and apologists along with some of their work; connecting to these types of resources is essential in your Christian growth.

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Teri Dugan

TeriDugan@truthfaithandreason.com

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