Developing Daily Disciples
Being a part of the church as a disciple of Christ is a 24 hour, 7 day a week calling. If we consider ourselves followers of Christ, It is who we are in the very core of our being. Jesus does not call the twelve to leave all that they know behind only to invite them to a weekly worship service, he jumps right in and says “If you want to follow me… you must pick up your cross daily” (Luke 9:23). We are called to this same life, to be a part of community in the everyday eating and drinking, working and commuting, learning and teaching. We were made for it.
Watson and Kisker say it this way in The Band Meeting:
We believe this connection in community is at the core of daily discipleship.
Discipleship has often been thought of as learning or the accumulation of knowledge, and that is definitely a part of it, but there is so much more. There is an abundant life to be found bound by love, learning, commitment, burden-bearing and laughter-sharing. A life marked by being known as a disciple. When we learn in the context of community, in relationships, as the twelve did with Christ, we are connected to each other and Christ by the love of God in all that we do and all that we are.
Have you experienced this type of intentional connection with others, helping spur one another on in discipleship?