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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What is a disciple?

Jesus calls us to “make” disciples. We must first understand what a Christ follower would look like. A simple definition is found in Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life.” A life of discipleship is understood in terms of living out the five purposes.

A disciple (or Christ follower) is one who:
• Is pleasing God every day, this is true Worship. They realize that they are planned for God’s pleasure.
• Is an active member of a local body of believers, which is Fellowship. They understand that they are formed for a family.
• Is learning to be more Christ-like in their behavior every day, which is Discipleship. They realize they are created to become like Christ.
• Is serving sacrificially within the local body of believers, which is Ministry. They know how they have been shaped for service and live it out continually.
• Is sharing God’s love, forgiveness and hope with people who do not know Christ, which is
Mission. They declare openly and confidently, “I was made for a mission.”

Be wise today and always – follow God’s purposes.