Discipleship is a key ingredient to life with Jesus. In fact, it was His last command to his followers – ‘Go and make disciples…’ (See Matthew 28:19). The trouble is that our discipleship looks more like a training programme for a business. We have strategies, bible studies, and highlight right doctrine but that’s not how Jesus did discipleship.
His strategy was this: Invitation and challenge.
Jesus lived by Invitation and challenge. He invited people into relationship with him and a challenge to live a Kingdom life. (As a Kingdom people thinking about discipleship and mission… we can recognise that they both hinge on these two things) Our discipleship and discipling of others is based on the invitation to be a part of the family followed by a challenge to live out those family values, characteristics and actions. Invitation and challenge… Be a part of the family but observe how we live and imitate that… Hopefully, we will be living authentic Jesus lives! It’s less about right doctrine and ticking the church programme box and more about being a community!
Here is a reminder of some invitations and challenges that Jesus offered..
Matthew 4:17 – Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
Matthew 4:19 – Follow me and fish for people
Matthew 5:13-16 – You are the salt of the earth and light of the world … don’t hide, don’t loose your flavour! People will see your good deeds.
Matthew 10:1 – Jesus gathered the disciples and gave them authority to continue the works He had been doing!
Matthew 11:28-30 – Come to me and learn from me.
Matthew 13:44-46 – Kingdom like a pearl/treasure … sell everything to enter it!
John 20:21-22 – Receive my peace – I am sending you!
Remember discipleship is about following Jesus. Its about learning what Jesus did and doing the same. As a family of God on mission we are called to continue Jesus’ ministry – heal, deliver, resurrect!
He is speaking to us all the time. Where is Jesus giving you an invitation today? Where is He challenging you?
ps… if you want to read more about this get yourself a copy of The Passionate Life or The Passionate Church by Mike Breen