What Is a Disciple?

“What is a disciple?” Pastor Tim asks an eager crowd of UU and UT students. “What does the word discipleship mean?”

One student, an elderly North Korean man, says: “when you disciple someone, it means that you are making this person like yourself.”

Pastor Tim latches onto this answer. It’s correct, but he wants to talk about some stipulations.

“People make mistakes,” Pastor Tim says. “So it’s important not just to become like other people. We need to learn how to become like other people as they imitate the Lord.”

As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

Ultimately, the decision to imitate a person’s spiritual journey rather than the person themselves marks the difference between a cult and a church. The cult says “follow our leader, practice our methods.” The church says, “follow us as we follow Christ.” For the church and for the disciple, everything must point back to Christ.

But what does this look like in practice? Listen to Pastor Tim’s sermon to find out:

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4 Responses to What Is a Disciple?

  1. 란다 says:

    This blogpost is a salubrious find! Pastor Foley recently typed “evangelism and discipleship” and I searched to learn the definitions to those words. Sorry to miss this when it was first penned, spoken, and translated. Yet what a present to open now~
    mfseongyosa & Pastor Tim & Ms G are favorites.

    • tseongyosa says:

      What did you find out about the definition of evangelism?

      • 란다 says:

        Mark 16:15 and John 20:21 – just as the Father sent Jesus into the world to pursue people, so He has sent us.

        Acts 5:42 in the temple and from house to house
        Acts 8:4-13 Phillip to Samaria
        Acts 13-21 Paul’s 3 missionary journeys

        …did not search dotheword yet. More time tomorrow.

      • tseongyosa says:

        I am thankful to learn from you via these scriptures.

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