Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
“Looking Forward: The True Foundation”
Many of us can feel ill equipped to fully know how to fuel our faith. This is exactly why discipleship is one of the key priorities for our church. We want to equip you as followers of Christ.
So what does it mean to be a disciple? Or I will rephrase it, What does it look like for you to be a disciple?
Greg Ogden in the book “Discipleship Essentials” describes a disciple as one who responds in faith and obedience to the gracious call to follow Jesus Christ. Being a disciple is a lifelong process of dying to self while allowing Jesus Christ to come alive in us.
Dallas Willard describes discipleship as life of obedience to Jesus’ teaching and a life led by the Holy Spirit.
I want to focus on both as discipleship; life of obedience and life in the Spirit.
Discipleship as a life of obedience.
Discipleship as a life in the Spirit.
Some of us come from church backgrounds where all the emphasis on discipleship or following Christ is put on the person’s effort to work harder and try harder.
Others of us come from a church background that is on the other side of the pendulum, that where all the emphasis is not on any action on our part but purely on receiving God’s grace in our lives through the Spirit.
Discipleship is a combination of dependence on the Holy Spirit and obediently following Christ. This is a lifelong process. The two combined together allow Jesus Christ to come alive in us.