What Does it Mean To Be A Disciple?
- Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, Radical Living
Jesus Christ commands all of his followers to go forth and make disciples of all nations. That great commission began with His disciples and remains our duty as believers as well. But the tough part is that we live in a world dominated by sin, and we can become misguided and often times disheartened when fulfilling the call to share the Gospel.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20
In the following interview led by John Ankerberg, we see a helpful conversation unfold to answer the question, what does is mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? Pastors and authors, David Platt, Robby Gallaty, and Bill Hull, explain the importance of discipleship but also encourage christians in our nation to remain biblical in our discipleship and avoid what culture and sin tempts us into.
David Platt opens up the interview with a statement that we as Americans have misunderstood what it means to be a disciple. It is one thing to be a biblical Christian and another to culturally identify as a Christian. Just because a person attends church on a regular basis, does not mean that they are a biblical follower of Christ.
Watch the interview and be encouraged by the testimony and conviction these pastors put before believers. If you are concerned with the state of the Gospel in American culture and discipleship, this interview can help answer some of your questions.
Matthew 7:22 Jesus is saying that many people who claim to be followers of Christ will plead to the Lord that they have been faithful. But Christ knows their heart and is more than aware of the life they led on earth. Part of being a biblical follower of Christ is having a close relationship with Him, and on the day of judgement there will be so-called christians surprised to hear from Christ, “I never knew you.” because they never actually had a close relationship with Him.
God wants to use you has a vehicle to proclaim His name. The Lord wants a close relationship with you. The Holy Spirit enables believers to accomplish that task of discipleship, and we know it will work. When you put your faith in Christ it will change your life. You will move away from the routine of church and step into the spirit of God to guide you through life. The power of the Holy Spirit is in you and David Platt says, “the spirit of God and the gospel of God are sufficient to make this happen.” Jesus will equip and help you, as Christ says in Matthew 28 he will never leave us, even until the end of time.
For more on this series of interviews visit: https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/ankerberg-show/