DISCIPLESHIP

We believe that following Jesus as Lord in all of life means that the Christian life is characterised by love, integrity, purity, and simplicity. The believer’s commitment to Christ and the global church becomes the standard for discerning the level of participation in society.

Following Jesus. Jesus calls all believers to follow him obediently. By God’s grace we follow the pattern of Jesus as his disciples. The life and teaching of Jesus reveal what faithful discipleship means. Following Jesus is made possible through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, in the context of an accountable, loving church community.

Mt 7:21, 24-27; 18:15-20; Ro 6:11; Eph 5:18; 1 Pe 2:21-25; 1 Jn 3:11; 4:12-13

Characteristics of Discipleship. Believers follow Jesus in discipleship because of his call to follow and in response to his love. Disciples are characterised by a commitment to unconditional love for all people, whether friend or foe. They love with integrity, willingly suffering for what is right. Disciples are committed to truthfulness in word and deed, where yes means yes and no means no. They are committed to purity, not conforming to the sinful patterns of the world. Disciples of Jesus live in a manner consistent with kingdom values regarding material wealth. Disciples are not enslaved to materialism and give generously to those in need.

Mt 5:10-12, 33-37, 43-48; 6:19-33; Ro 12:1-2; 2 Co 9:6-7; Php 4:11-12; 1 Ti 6:6-12; 1 Jn 4:7-16; 2 Co 8

Global Church Commitment. Disciples of Jesus Christ from all nations are citizens of God’s kingdom. Believers from around the world unite as witness of the salvation that God has provided through Jesus Christ. A commitment to discipleship means that we are aware of, and willing to partner with sisters and brothers around the world. We are committed to work with believers globally to spread the Gospel to every nation. Since we have received God’s gracious gift of life, we will seek to enhance the life of our brothers and sisters of all nations.

Mt 5:43-48; Jn 13:3-17; 17:11; 2 Co 8:7; Eph 2:11-22; Col 1:6; 1 Pe 2:9-17; Rev 5:9

Participation in Society. The confession that Jesus Christ is Lord shapes our decisions about society. We will participate with persons and organisations that we discern are promoting peace, justice, reconciliation, generosity, truth, health, and godly values. We will challenge people and groups engaged in war, injustice, racism, greed, deception, disease, and ungodliness. We realise that people and groups are subject to mixed motives. So we follow the pattern of Jesus who associated with sinners and shared God’s love without becoming a sinner in the process.

Mt 9:10-13; Jn 17:14-21; 2 Co 6:14-18; 1 Ti 2:1-2; Jas 4:4

For more reading check out this article from in the Recorder.

DISCIPLESHIP – the Recorder Article.

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