Becoming a Disciple: A Lifelong Venture

January 06, 2016

by Adolf Hansen becoming a disciple

Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. It’s not easy, and it is never over. Jesus himself set forth the conditions: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Eight United Methodist clergy—all ordained since 2008—explore a definition disciple and help us along in our efforts to pursue the adventure of a lifetime. Each writer looks at one aspect of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. He or she is a person who . . .

Experiences the forgiveness and acceptance of God. Follows the life and teachings of Jesus. Demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit. Shares in the life and witness of a community of disciples, including Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Serves in some form of ministry every day. Participates in God’s suffering and transformation of the world. Anticipates a future life in the presence of God. Yearns to lead others to become disciples.

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