If you haven’t heard about our #freshquestions series yet, have a look back at ‘Telling your story, telling mine’ before you read on.
Last month we started a conversation about the topic of discipleship, specifically thinking about the question ‘How can we re-imagine discipleship?’
To put the question in context, when we were looking at all the questions we had been given by pioneers there were several around the following kind of themes:
- How do we make disciples who make disciples?
- When does discipleship start?
- Has anyone got to 2, 3, 4 generations of disciples? How did you get there?
- What can we learn from this and how can we apply it in our context?
Jesus called to himself 12 disciples. In spending their everyday with Jesus they saw how he lived, they learned from him, they made mistakes around him, they were loved, they were challenged, I don’t doubt that they had their minds blown many times.
Matthew finishes his gospel with the words of 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, baptising 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Matthew 28: 18 – 20]
Jesus leaves us with the clear commands to go, to make disciples, to baptise, to teach. And I am so thankful for the words He adds on the end there which give me confidence that I don’t go alone but He is with me always. The most important thing is that He tells us to go and do likewise.
The disciples were looking for someone to follow and Jesus inspired them, he grabbed their thoughts and their hearts. Some of them might not even have been looking but they heard his call to ‘Come, follow me’ and they went. Maybe people today are looking for that same Jesus to come along and capture their hearts and minds? How are we listening to His call on us to go and share Him?
What does it look like to ‘re-imagine’ discipleship in today’s world?
Article by Jo Edwards