Discipleship is Life For The Christian...

A great misconception in understanding is the notion discipleship is something "we attain."  Most of us have approached discipleship as an exercise of certain "disciplines" or "attitudes" that align with Christianity and Jesus. If thats really the truth consider Jesus words in John 15:5 when he says "For apart from me you can do nothing."  Yet despite the volume of books and programs on the issue, what makes up a disciple still alludes most Christians.  Instead of having lives that impact the world the way Jesus said we would, most go through life discouraged, ineffective, struggling in ther same areas of sin and unsure of who they are in Christ. 

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?  If anyone asked us how would we respond? One things certain, you can't create disciples through programs. Disciples embrace "the continual transformation into the person of Jesus aligning themselves with the priorites of Jesus."  Discipleship is a call which is supernatrually intitiated to which we respond.  It does involve some neccessary actions like obedience, community, growth, and most importantly, an increasing awareness of who Jesus is, but we don't create "spiritually maturity" as an excercise of our reason or will. God's Spirit conforms us more and more like His Son and in the process, we become more like Jesus. This is what makes a disciple.

The Discipleship Assessment Tool (DAT) So whats the difference between a convert and a disciple? As part of an informal research project while in the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University, JP and Sentinels For Christ developed the Discipleship Assessment Tool.  The DAT is similar to psychometric tests in that it assesses beliefs and behaviors the individual has in regards to their Christian worldview and faith experience. The DAT provides powerful feedback in the five major areas of spiritual maturity in the life of the individual desiring to understand themselves better and make changes in their spiritual direction.  The DAT can be used as a tool for counselors or mentors working with clients and spiritual students.  Take the DAT

Where Do I Start? Great question.  First you want to plug into a church that emphasizes following Jesus personally as their main focus.  Second, get connected to a small group of individuals who are digging into who Jesus is through the study of scripture, the Bible. Third, and this is probably the most important consideration, you want to connect yourself with an individual(s) yes most likely one person who is a spiritual veteran.  You might call this person a mentor but someone unmistakenly on the road of discipleship.   

Mentors...We also highly reccommend you consider interviewing a potential mentor.  Here's some information that will help you make the right choice.  How to choose a spritual mentor Here