What is discipleship?


Discipleship is being a student instead of being your own leader. Discipleship is partnering up with Jesus and listen to His voice, instead of trying to imitate Him. Jesus is unique in His mankind and His calling. His call is: "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
Our task as disciples is to be fishers of men and making new disciples. Every Gospel ends with this task: “Proclaim the Gospel and make disciples.”
(Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16: 15-18; Luke 24:46-49 and John 20:20-23)

We are called into unity with Christ

“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9)
This is the foundation of discipleship. This unity is Jesus’ personal longing, too. (John 17:21-24) Christianity is not a religion, it is about the relationship between people and God. This unity is a goal in itself and a primary condition for all our achievements and endeavours. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)

God’s plan for your life and your work for God

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29) Everything that will happen in your life and everything you do He will try to use, to build you to the image of Jesus Christ. God is interested in human beings, not in plans, targets, goals and achievements. God is more interested in you, than in your personal mission, ambition and life plan. Do not think you have to work for God, because there is nothing He needs. “He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” (Acts 17:25) God wants to work throughout you and build you at the same moment. 

The Holy Spirit and our personal drive

When the Holy Spirit changes our nature, it will change our behaviour, goals and ambitions. As a disciple, our drive and motivation to act must come from a changed nature by His Holy Spirit and the understanding of Jesus’ voice. For example: 'We would like to love people, for the sake of love and not for our benefit. We are eager to serve, because we would like to'. Guiding principles who are the fruit of the Spirit are becoming a goal in themselves. This change in nature is a process of growing and the normal Christian life. It is done by God, but we need to be open for it and willing to die to our old nature with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5) 

Discipleship and businesspeople & professionals

We will offer more tools for business and discipleship in other resources compartments:

  • Faith and Work
  • Finances God’s way
  • Business God’s way
  • Leadership

Download the Discipleship Tools Guide to walk through what's available, time commitments and the step-by-step to application.