Lent 2019 – The Meaning of Discipleship

Matthew 5:1-2, “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them…”

What is Discipleship?
Discipleship is teaching biblical precepts, while modeling and guiding others toward living righteously as followers of Jesus Christ. This should be a cyclical process—meaning once we are discipled, we are to disciple others, and so on. One of the most important characteristics of being a disciple (a student or pupil), is to develop an intimate relationship with God through Christ rather than just learning about Him. Discipleship equips the Christian with God’s Word, prayer, doctrine, worship, encouragement, and service.

What is a Disciple?

• One who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another

• One of the twelve in the inner circle of Christ’s followers according to the Gospels  account

• A convinced adherent of a school or individual

The beautiful part of Lent for me is drawing closer to God through study, prayer, small group discussions, finding and following a specifically guided course leading me to the cross and Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday! The past three years I’ve found specific books or pamphlets to guide me and I’ve been blessed to be able to share them and my thoughts through this wonderful platform. I know I serve a mighty God, powerful and loving, my life is blessed beyond measure and I seek to share it with all those who God places in my path. I am also excited to be more involved with my church’s Lenten journey and honored to serve as an Elder. My goals this Lenten season are simple, grow my spirit closer to God’s and to encourage those around me to see God’s radical love and forgiveness for all. Attending church is many things to me, it is a place of family, a space for community, a sanctuary for prayer and peace, a place of study and discussion and learning, it’s a place to experience the Lord’s supper with fellow believers, it’s a place of instruction and a place to heal, a place to seek repentance and a place to sing praises. Just to mention a few! Church is for sinners to be welcomed with open arms, hand shakes and hugs, all are welcome no one will be turned away. Sadly, this may not necessarily be the case at the threshold of all church; however, I can say with assuredness…all are welcome at my church. When we think of churches and who may or may not be welcomed we must ask ourselves, what would Jesus do? (WWJD). Just thinking back to the scripture from yesterday, Jesus hung out with and had dinner with sinners; the tax collectors, the poor, the diseased, and prostitutes. He came to save the lost, we are all lost if we are not following Jesus. My dear friends, my prayer is that you experience the love of God in very real ways today, may His love be felt on your skin as the sun shines down or as the breeze blows in its mysterious ways. May the voice of God be heard in the sweet chirping and singing from the birds and fowls in the air. Look around and see the wonders of God and say, “thank you!”

You are very loved, indeed you are BELOVED!

Jesus is calling!

Are you ready to hear?

Are you ready to learn?

Are you ready to take the time needed, to make the space for what is coming?

Breath Prayer: Guiding God, I am ready…to learn your way.