Pastor Rod Murphy spent time with us on Tuesday sharing his experience with discipleship. Different people have different methods when it comes to the application of discipleship. However, one thing remains the same…its intent. You can try every curriculum or method known to man on the topic of discipleship, but if it fails to do what is intended to do then it won’t be effective. He said “Discipleship is this…helping people get one step closer to God.”
Bottom line this statement sums up all of what discipleship is meant to accomplish. I believe strongly in influence. I believe everyone has the ability to influence others. The only problem is that influence can be led in two directions. If you are a follower of Christ, your influence with other people should work to bring them closer to God. Unfortunately, there are times when this is not the case. None the less it is our responsibility as believers in Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ desire was to live life alongside his disciples. His mission was to teach them the ways of righteousness. As a friend, he daily lived out and example of what it meant to love God and to serve Him with everything He had. He discipled them by helping them gain a better understanding of who God is. Helping them to get one step closer to God.