7 marks of discipleship

Greg Ogden, Executive Pastor of Discipleship, Christ Church of Oak Brook, writes, “If we are to devise a successful strategy of disciple making in our churches, we must first assess the gap between where we are and where we are called to go.”

He reminds us that “One of the consistent images in the New Testament for the Christian life is the discipline of an athlete. Comparing the Christian life to a race, Paul wrote, ‘Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training’ (1 Cor. 9:24–25). In making this comparison, Paul raised the bar. If athletes will put themselves through a harsh regimen to get a ‘perishable wreath,’ how much more should Christians discipline themselves because our goal is ‘an imperishable one!’ One is left with an obvious impression that leading the Christian life is going to require spiritual discipline.'”

Greg adds, “According to Barna, fewer than one in five born-again adults has any specific and measurable goals related to his or her own spiritual development. Barna interviewed hundreds of people, including church leaders and pastors, and yet, shockingly, he concluded, ‘Not one of the adults we interviewed said that their goal in life was to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ or to make disciples of the entire world—or even their entire block.’ Dallas Willard adds the exclamation point, ‘The fact is that there is now lacking a serious and expectant intention to bring Jesus’ people into obedience and abundance through training.’”

In this free download, Greg explores the deficit that must be filled if making self-initiating, reproducing, fully devoted followers of Christ is to become our new reality. The purpose of this analysis is to help you assess the gap between where you are and where you want to go. At the end of each section, take the opportunity to identify the gap between the biblical standard and the reality of your ministry. Quietly pause and ask the Holy Spirit to allow you to receive the truth that will help you make disciples for life.

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