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Discipleship

Christian discipleship is characterized by the commitment to believe in and follow the teachings of Jesus. “If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed” (John 8:31 AKJV). We believe that Jesus still challenges believers today to follow Him and to live according to His teachings. His call to service remains essentially unchanged from His appeal to the fishermen on the shores of Galilee long ago: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).

The Gospels exemplify the life of Jesus and His closest disciples, who made their service to God their life calling. We believe that God still calls people today to a life dedicated to His service. The manner and degree to which they commit their time or resources to Christ is a matter of personal faith and conviction.

  • Luke 9:23–24; John 8:31–32, 15:16, 12:26; Mark 8:34–38

Scriptural references

Luke 9:23–24 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”

John 8:31–32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Mark 8:34–38 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

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