Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What are disciples?

From Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K. Dodson:
The word disciple is used more frequently than Christian to refer to believers in the Bible. This repeated usage tells us that disciple is a fundamental category for Christians. We are disciples first and parents, employees, pastors, deacons, and spouses second. Disciple is an identity; everything else is a role. Our roles are temporary but our identity will last forever. Marvelous. If this is true, it is incredibly important to have a sound definition for the word disciple. (29)

Dodson works his way through some foundational ideas about disciples and arrives at a definition of the word:
A disciple of Jesus, then, is someone who learns the gospel, relates in the gospel, and communicates the gospel. (38)

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