Discipleship

Adherence to Christ – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Adherence to Christ – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Discipleship means adherence to Christ, and, because Christ is the object of that adherence, it must take the form of discipleship.  An abstract Christology, a doctrinal system, a general religious knowledge on the subject of grace or on the forgiveness of sins, render discipleship superfluous.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer –

Preserving fruit of my labor – George Whitefield

Preserving fruit of my labor – George Whitefield

“My brother Wesley acted wisely,” Whitefield said. “The souls that were awakened under his ministry he joined in societies, and  thus preserved the fruit of his labor. This I neglected, and my people are a rope of sand.”

– George Whitefield –

Self-Giving Love – Bill Ury

Self-Giving Love – Bill Ury

Holiness is nothing less than self-giving love. More than conceptual, this love is tangibly self-offering, self-dispensing, and self-emptying. It is the essence of biblical discipleship.

– Bill Ury –

A price to pay to follow Jesus – Dennis Curtis

A price to pay to follow Jesus – Dennis Curtis

Are you saying that there is a price to pay to follow Jesus? I can’t just believe the right things? I have to actually do something that may encroach upon my comfort zone? Now I remember! I am to pick up my cross daily if I want to be His disciple.

– Dennis Curtis –

The Church is not an end in itself – Robby Gallaty

The Church is not an end in itself – Robby Gallaty

When the church becomes an end in itself, it ends … When small groups ministry becomes an end in itself, it ends. When the worship service becomes an end in itself, it ends. What we need is for discipleship to become the goal, and then the process never ends. The process is fluid. It is moving. It is active. It is a living thing. It must continue to go on. Every disciple must make disciples.

– Robby Gallaty –

Discipleship – Bill Hull

Discipleship – Bill Hull

Discipleship isn’t a program or an event; it’s a way of life. It’s not for a limited time, but for our whole life. Discipleship isn’t for beginners alone; it’s for all believers for every day of their life. Discipleship isn’t just one of the things the church does; it is what the church does.

– Bill Hull –

Transformation is a process – David Kinnaman

Transformation is a process – David Kinnaman

Most people in America, when they are exposed to the Christian faith, are not being transformed. They take one step into the door, and the journey ends. They are not being allowed, encouraged, or equipped to love or to think like Christ. Yet in many ways a focus on spiritual formation fits what a new generation is really seeking. Transformation is a process, a journey, not a one-time decision.

– David Kinnaman –

Canned Discipleship – Francis Chan

Canned Discipleship – Francis Chan

We reduce discipleship to a canned program, and so many in the church end up sidelined in a spectator mentality that delegates disciple making to pastors and professionals, ministers and missionaries.

– Francis Chan –