Becoming a Disciple: A Lifelong Venture

July 06, 2016

by Adolf Hansen and Colleagues 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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