Practical Ideas for Intentional Discipleship

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Being a disciple ain’t easy.

But to be fair to Jesus, He never said it would be. In fact, He straight up told us that it would difficult:

In the world you will have tribulation.” (John 16:33)

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27, 30)

The great disciple Peter told us that Christ left us an example of suffering injustice well so that we might follow in His steps (I Peter 2:18-25).

The apostle Paul told us that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (II Timothy 3:12). And again, he and Barnabas said “that through many tribulation we must enter the kingdom of God.

Yep, this Christian life, this discipleship is challenging, for sure. But what is it? What does it mean to be a disciple? Well, here’s one way to explain it:

A Christian disciple is a learning, believing, and worshiping follower of Jesus Christ.

Two important things to note here are:

  1. These actions (i.e., learning, believing, worshiping, and following) are not optional. If you don’t do these things, then you are not a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  2. These actions are difficult. We need help. We need help in learning more about Jesus, trusting Him more, worshiping Him more fully, and following Him more faithfully in every area of our lives. We need God’s grace and we need God’s Spirit. And praise the Lord, He has promised us these! But what else do we need? How will is grace come by His Spirit? Well, we need God’s Word (and all of the spiritual disciplines) and we need God’s people. And sometimes it is helpful to have some practical ideas to engage with God’s people, in God’s Word, and in all of the spiritual disciplines.

So since we are taking a break from our Peine Families this summer, here are some practical ideas for intentional discipleship as you possibly explore new paths/ways of growing in your love for, faith in, and submission to Jesus this summer:

Practical Ideas for Intentional Discipleship