This Discipleship Program is designed to help you grow in your walk with Christ. With combined personal study lessons and Biblical teachings, this program is a life-changing commitment for its participants. The topics are divided into 6 lessons: 1) The Character of God; 2) How to Know Your Calling; 3) Life's Trials...How to Live and Learn; 4) Spiritual Gifts and Application; 5) Evangelism and Your Testimony; and 6) The Daily Life in Christ.
What does it mean to be a disciple? A Daily Disciple?
What does a disciple look like and what do disciples do? Can anyone be a disciple? And if you are a Christian, are you required to be a disciple because you have chosen to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?
The word disciple is defined as “one who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.” A disciple could be a pupil in any sort of realm. Socrates had disciples as well as Aristotle. Today, we find disciples of eastern philosophical teachers as well as disciples of movie stars. Yes, even movie stars. A disciple does not have to be religious in nature. A disciple holds on to the convictions of another to a point of embracing those thoughts and beliefs personally. Today, we find many who would call themselves a disciple of Jesus Christ and according to dictionary.com, these people would qualify to be a disciple. There are many people who embrace and assist in spreading the teachings of Jesus. But there are also many Christians who raise their hands to accept Christ, cry at certain worship songs and ask a neighbor to go to church with them, who according to Jesus, would not necessarily be considered His disciple. Jesus defines His disciples much differently than man does. "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26,27).
To become a disciple of Jesus Christ means to love nothing more than Him. It also means the understanding of bearing a cross. Both of those concepts hurt our flesh and are hard to accept for anyone. Think about it--would any of us accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior if we knew that these were the terms in following Him? At times, the cost of discipleship can be overwhelming in our daily lives; and it involves a level of trust that many of us have a hard time understanding.