Discipleship 101

It still amazes me that people can think of the Bible as a smorgasbord. It’s the book that provides a five-course feast, and yet, rather than feasting on the whole Word, we’d rather skip to the dessert

Honestly, I used to hate the dreaded ”E” word – Evangelism is something I struggled with for a long time because I hated when someone would try to speak to me about Jesus (I was an atheist)

Therefore, as soon as I realised (very quickly) what their end goal was, I would either walk away (if in a good mood) or verbally tear a strip of them (if my day was not so great)

Then, fast forward to when I found Christ, the dreaded ”E” word came up again, and it felt like my worst nightmare being asked to tell people about Jesus

In truth, I hadn’t discovered what discipleship meant. I assumed that Christianity was living a life where you wanted to be kind to people, and simply to read your Bible

Yet, discipleship is a call to become devoted to your teacher. In other words, to follow all of their ways

Friends, we have a call to the Great Commission. Jesus called us, His disciples because that meant there is a cost to follow Him – it’s His will above our own

The word, ”Christian” was just a derogatory term that the Romans used towards Jesus’ followers. Within the Bible, there are no guidelines to being a ”Christian”; however, if you look at what Jesus says in the Bible regarding His followers or Disciples, there’s a vast difference! So, my question today is:

Are we a Christian, or a Disciple? Do we seek out God? Do we pick up our cross each day and ask Jesus, ”what’s next?”?

When I realised the difference between a Christian and Disciple, it changed me. No more could I sit back and watch the ”Jesus-freaks” do their thing, because honestly, when I started to form a deeper relationship with God, and also, when He began to show me who I am in Him, I became one myself

If we understand Jesus to be Lord, and Saviour of our lives, then Discipleship means to follow Jesus’ ways, and that simply means: loving God and loving others.

Never be ashamed of the Gospel and the radical things it can do for people because I am a walking example of this!

”For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.” Romans‬ ‭1:16‬

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Rebecca Brand

My hearts desire is for everyone to have an intimate relationship with Christ. To hear the voice of God and to experience His presence. Also, to help disciple others to discover their purpose within the body of Christ - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

My God-given dream is to break down barriers within life and the Church as a whole to strengthen and develop relationships within every denomination and bring unity - so that we will collectively raise up together and fulfil the Great Commission, within this lifetime.

I am living proof that no matter what your past was or whatever your life has become - God will use you to fulfil what He created you to do, when you step out in obedience and faith.

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