Monday, October 09, 2006

Discipleship comes through doing, not thinking

Greetings from California! i'm taking a Doctor of Ministry class with Alan Hirsch, author of The Shaping of Things to Come. It is an excellent work on the missional church.

Here is a thought on discipleship. How did Jesus create disciples? He didn't have them sit around and study concepts. He said, "Come, follow me." We think that information and study leads to transformation. It rarely does. Think about how many sermons we have heard. Then think about how many times this actually changed our behavior. Ouch.

We need to disciple not by saying, study this. We need to disciple by saying, Come alongside me and serve. Then, as we are "on the road," teaching moments come up. This behavior leads to a change of thinking. The problem is that most of us have never actually been discipled.

What percentage of things that we hear do you think that we actually put into practice?


Missional Jerry said...

Teaching by doing I believe is the answer to producing Missional followers.

James said...

Amen! Thanks for commenting, missional Jerry. I hope you can join us in the future.

steve said...

Remember the old cliche', "People don't care what you know, till they know that you care." Teaching is certainly important but without application and action it is meaningless.

James said...

Yes. We must remember that Jesus said in the Great Commission to teach people to obey. The transmission of information is not teaching to obey and does not result in transformation.

Additionally, the action is often both the "teaching" and the application (like driver's ed). Thanks for joining the discussion.