The church (we Christians) are commanded by Jesus to “go and make disciples” (Mt 28), but churches (including Vista) fail at a consistently surprising degree. But there’s no sense in beating ourselves up about it. It’s hard to “disciple,” because doing it well requires special thought and technique if you’re committed to methods tailored to your unique culture, context and friends. In many cases, our discipleship languishes because churches are force-fitting a one-size-fits-all, or outdated approach. So, it’s good to think through “how to disciple,” and we’ll do that throughout this new series.
But before we address “How?” it’s imperative to talk about “What.” What exactly IS discipleship? Starting with the wrong definition will certainly secure failure. We’ll also talk about “What” during the series, but let me give you a glimpse.
We’ve essentially defined discipleship as Worshipful, Relational, Missional communities of people living at the intersection of Jesus and real life.
Our definition puts Jesus at the center of what is discipleship, and it puts Jesus at the center of all of life, and it puts us in a posture of humility and learning from Jesus throughout the whole discipleship process.
So, we’ll spend the next four weeks defining discipleship as something about Jesus (it’s all about him), with Jesus (his presence is critical), like Jesus (we are to be like him), and by Jesus (only by his power does anything of consequence ever happen).
Hope you can join us and learn what it means to live at the intersection of Jesus and real life!