“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” —John 8:31
We know that we are disciples of Christ, yet sometimes it’s difficult to define exactly what that means, and how it plays into evangelism. In Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Jonathan Dodson writes, “Jesus puts the gospel first, which leads to making and maturing disciples. He does not call people to evangelize first, making discipleship an optional second. Both evangelism and discipleship are gospel motivated.” Disciples are who we are, and evangelism is part of our roles as disciples. Being a disciple should be our identity, with commitment to God and evangelism being our role. Evangelism only lasts while we are here on earth, while our identity as disciples lasts forever. Our lives consist of both leading and following, all while keeping the gospel at the center. Jesus commands us to follow him, yet in the process we’re to bring others to follow him, too.
A disciple of Jesus is someone who learns the Gospel and communicates it to others. We see this in Jesus’ ministry on earth. Jesus proclaimed the same Gospel to his disciples and to crowds of nonbelievers. They weren’t learning how to be leaders; they were being taught the truths of the Gospel, which in turn filled them with a passion to lead for Christ’s sake.
“Disciples are gospel people who introduce and reintroduce themselves and others to the person and power of Jesus over and over again. A disciple of Jesus never stops learning the gospel, relating in the gospel, and communicating the gospel.” –Jonathan K. Dodson, Gospel-Centered Discipleship
As disciples, we should be constantly learning. We’ll never leave our role as students and become solely teachers of the gospel. And through our teaching, God brings us through experiences that challenge us and convict us to become even more knowledgeable. It’s a constant process of growing and refining, while leading up other disciples in the process.
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“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” —John 8:31 We know that we are disciples of Christ, yet sometimes it’s difficult to define exactly what that means, and [...]