Discipleship Overview

For discipleship to be most effective it must be personal and consistent. The process of discipleship is rooted in relationship. Discipleship is more than assigning a fill in the blank Bible study to an individual. It is the impartation of life, the transference of principles and leading by example.

The Bible must be at the center of discipleship. Discipleship is the building of a biblical foundation in an individual’s life. One way of describing this process is to build a biblical or Christian worldview. Each person has a worldview whether they realize it or not. Our worldview determines the way we view life. A worldview is like a set of filters that affect the way we perceive things, people, ideas and the world around us. Our worldview can be formed by many things—our upbringing, our environment, our education, our experiences, and the culture we are a part of, what we read and watch and partake of in the media. Just about any stimuli that we receive can play a part in shaping our worldview. Unfortunately, many people are not strategic in developing and managing their worldview. Too often a person’s worldview is a result of a patchwork of beliefs that are formed more by default and “osmosis” rather than strategically and on purpose. True biblical discipleship teaches a person to use God’s word as the source and foundation of their worldview.

The goal of transformational discipleship is to nurture growth in one’s relationship with God, resulting in Christ like-character, which is based on a solid Biblical foundation, the work of the Holy Spirit and personal, practical application of biblical truth.

While there are many very effective tools available that can be used for discipleship, it’s important to remember that the goal of discipleship is not to get through as many studies as possible. Transformational discipleship is not the accumulation of biblical information but the development of biblical character.  We must have an idea of the outcomes we want to see in the lives of those we disciple or we may find ourselves drifting aimlessly in our desire to help others.