Intentional Discipleship: Christ in Us – All for Christ (Colossians 3:14-17)
Intentional Discipleship theme
Simon Dust, 11th March 2012
To be a ‘disciple’ of Jesus is nothing more and nothing less than to be a follower of Jesus. He says “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Discipleship is a ‘whole life’ concept and has been variously described as ’"a life-long call to Christ-likeness" and “an apprenticeship to Christ in community”. Discipleship must never be regarded as a bolt-on or as an optional extra to a life of faith, but rather as characterising the transformed life that flows out of a true personal commitment to Jesus, which itself demonstrates the genuine nature of an individual’s commitment. For followers of Jesus, it is therefore not so much about what you know, as it is about what you are becoming.
We finished last week recognising that we can only live out the holy and virtuous lives that God asks of us when we call upon the strength of the Holy Spirit. In this third talk of five, we consider what it means to let Jesus rule in our hearts collectively, and what it looks like to live together as his people, for him. Paul identifies some indispensable elements for living together as disciples of Jesus.
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