Friday, February 28, 2014

Imitation Based Discipleship

There is much talk of discipleship these days, which is a good thing, but I still think that many people have no idea what it means or looks like to make a disciple. Discipleship is not something that happens once a week sitting in a room where the church gathers while one person teaches the whole time. Discipleship is not just the transferring of content.

A simple definition of a disciple is one who hears and obeys what the Holy Spirit and His word have told us to do. So we need to get away from this idea of knowledge-based discipleship and move to imitation-based discipleship.

The Release Initiative describes imitation based discipleship this way: "Each of us live out particular rhythms each week in our domains. We grocery shop, go to the gym, go to work, live in a neighborhood, eat and drink, watch sports or engage in hobbies. A simple way to allow others to observe you is to invite them into what you already do. This way you are not adding anything new to your already busy schedule. So as you live out your life in the normal, everyday rhythms bring others along with you. And as you go, talk about the Kingdom and demonstrate the kingdom with them, just like Jesus."

So what are your natural rhythms? Are you inviting others along with you to imitate you in those rhythms? Quit delegating discipleship to a once a week class or Bible study and start imitating what a disciple is and what the Kingdom looks like for those around you. 

1 comment:

  1. We were just talking about this last night in small groups. Lois and I do this with the kids, especially with CEF and our missions endeavors. Outside of that, most of what I do no one else is interested in following me around to do also. Our culture has become too individualized.