DISCIPLESHIP IS A process. … Discipleship requires forward movement. Understanding faith as a continuous journey can be a daunting task for some people. We live in an age of instant gratification. … But the completion of a disciple isn’t done instantly. It is a lifetime process.
If you were to plot your faith journey through your lifetime [on a graph], it would provably have ups and downs, showing high points and low points in your relationship with God.
For some people, there is a specific, identifiable time of commitment to Christian living. John Wesley called this “new birth.” Today, people might refer to “being saved” or “giving my heart to Jesus.”
Some other people cannot remember a time when they were not Christian. Others describe a relationship with God that has grown slowly over time. Many people make re-commitments to Christian living throughout their life.
- Teresa Gilbert, Patty Johansen, and Jay Regennitter
Charting a Course of Discipleship
From page 48 of Charting a Course of Discipleship: A Workbook on Christian Discipleship by Teresa Gilbert, Patty Johansen, and Jay Regennitter. Revised by Delia Halverson. Copyright © 2012 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How would you describe your growth as a disciple of Jesus? Share your thoughts.
The spirit of the LORD speaks through me, his word is upon my tongue.
2 Samuel 23:2 NRSV
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Did You Know?
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This week we remember C.S. Lewis (November 12).
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