I keep on reading and rummaging around discipleship. It remains the vine-centre. The most central thing.
Here’s some out-takes from a book called, Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow by the three-man team of Eric Geiger, Michael Kelley and Philip Nation. It’s got plenty to offer, with the first-third of the book being particularly strong…..
“Every person who has ever lived is a disciple…Everyone everywhere is a disciple of someone. Or something.”
“Many churches equate discipleship with knowledge…The essence of discipleship is transformational not informational.”
“From Judas we learn that knowledge about Christ alone does not result in true discipleship.”
“Leading a ministry that approaches discipleship as merely information and not repentance devalues discipleship and denies the power of the gospel.”
“If a church views discipleship as merely tweaking behaviour, then their work is contrary to the content of the gospel and the way of Jesus. Go after hearts. God does not desire to tweak our behaviour. He desires to transform our lives.”
“As a church leader your role is not to transform people. You cannot, and it is offensive to God if you believe you can. Your role is to place people in the pathway of God’s transforming power.”
“If people in our churches graduate from the gospel, they are not advancing to spiritual maturity but rather to lifeless religion, moralistic self-righteousness, or performance-based faith inaccurately called Christian.”