Published September 20, 2011

Paul's Epistle...
Are You A Disciple?

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."  (Matthew 28:19-20)

What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? You should know, because you should want to be one!

"Walking With Jesus Ministries" is a New Zealand-based ministry that serves as an encouragement to other ministries, with a strong desire to build discipleship. Founder David Tait recently came up with this list about discipleship:

Discipleship is —

The Book of Acts frequently uses the term "disciple" to refer generally to all those who believe in the risen Lord (6:1-2,7; 9:1,10,19,26,38; 11:26,29). All true disciples are believers. But are all believers truly disciples? Here are some of David Tait's thoughts about that:

Wow. There is a lot in those lines — definitely food for thought. I'd suggest you print them out and re-read them from time to time. Each line could form the basis of an entire devotional message.

The words of Charles Gabriel's classic hymn, "More Like The Master," come to mind:

"More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.

More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self-denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be."


- Paul

Note: The above first appeared here March 5, 2002.

Comments on this? paul@thegospelgreats.com

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