Discipleship: God's Call to Every Believer

White Wing Messenger|May 2020

Discipleship: God's Call to Every Believer
What is discipleship? The term discipleship never appears in Scripture.
SHAUN MCKINLEY

As a noun, “disciple” and the verb “make disciples” only occur in the Gospels and the Book of Acts. Ask your fellow believers what the word means, and you will find multiple definitions and variations. Discipleship also has both personal and corporate applications.

As we consider God’s call to discipleship, we must be cautious not to focus on the terminology. Instead, we should focus on the invitation the Father gives us to know Him intimately and follow Him purposefully.

In Mark 3:13–21, we witness the appointment of the 12 disciples. While multitudes were following Jesus, these 12 were chosen and set apart for the ministry. They were ordinary and average, coming from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with unique personalities; yet, they were chosen to follow Him as a disciple.

In Mark 3:14, we find the purpose behind Jesus’ initial calling to these disciples. Scripture tells us that, “He appointed twelve that they might be with him…” (Mark 3:14 NIV). For the first disciples, Jesus understood that He would not be with them long. He had much to teach them in a short amount of time. Jesus would draw these men closer to Him so that they would know Him, He could instruct them, and prepare them for service.

SHAUN MCKINLEY | DIRECTOR, CM INTERNATIONAL

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