Ang problema kasi ngayon, maraming Christians, akala nila kapag pinag-uusapan ang discipleship para bang ito ay higher class ng pagiging Christian. Na para lang ito sa iilan. Ang iba feeling nila, tinawag sila para maging ordinaryo lang, basta tumanggap daw kay Jesus, mapupunta sa langit, nabaptize, nagsisimba, ayos na.
Ang mga tagasunod ni Jesus ay unang tinawag na Christian sa Antioch (Acts 11:26). Katunayan, bukod dito, dalawang beses lang ginamit ang salitang Christian sa New Testament (Acts 26:28; 1 Pet. 4:16). Bago ito, ang tawag sa kanila ay “disciples” o Jesus-followers (kahulugan ng karamihan sa 252 verses sa Gospels and Acts).
…Everything we are doing, trying to do, and must do in our church is about disciple-making. We are not just trying to make converts, na pagkatapos mabaptize, ayos na. Kasali iyon. Pero ang misyon natin ay higit pa doon. Our mission is to make disciples of all nations. At kung ‘yan ang nag-iisang misyon natin, mainam na alam natin ang ibig sabihin nito.
Tingnan natin ang definition nito ayon sa unang pagtawag ni Jesus sa kanyang mga magiging disciples.
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him (Matt. 4:18-20 NIV).
Ang pagiging disciple ay hindi one-time decision. Ito ay habang buhay na paglalakbay. Heto ang definition ni Jim Putman (Real-Life Discipleship) batay sa sinabi ni Jesus na, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men”: A disciple is following Jesus (“Come, follow me…”), being changed by Jesus (“…and I will make you…”), and committed to the mission of Jesus (“…fishers of men.”). Ang isang disciple ay sumusunod kay Jesus, binabago ni Jesus, at ibinibigay ang buhay sa misyon ni Jesus. We’ll explore this definition as we go along. At kaugnay nito, titingnan natin ang anim na bahagi ng identity ng isang disciple – learner, worshiper, family member, servant, missionary and disciple-maker.
***From the book’s “Introduction.”
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