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Are We Christians or Disciples?

The word \u201cdisciple\u201d is found in the Bible almost 250 times. The word \u201cChristian\u201d is found only
3 times. Yet, we identify ourselves as Christians. When we go out and evangelize, are we
trying to make disciples or to \u201cconvert them to Christianity?\u201d One of the most misquoted
verses of the Bible is:

Mt 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Jesus does not say to go and make Christians, or to even go preach the gospel. He tells us to
make disciples. So what is a disciple? Here is what Webster's dictionary says:
Main Entry:
dis\u00b7ci\u00b7ple
Pronunciation:
\di- s\u012b-p\u0259l\
\u02c8
Function:
noun

Etymology:
Middle English, from Old Englishdiscipul & Anglo-Frenchdisciple, from Late Latin and
Latin; Late Latindiscipul us follower of Jesus Christ in his lifetime, from Latin, pupil

Date:before 12th century

1: one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another: as a: one of the twelve
in the inner circle of Christ's followers according to the Gospel accounts b: a convinced
adherent of a school or individual

One who accepts and assists in the spreading of the doctrines of another. Such as the 12
disciples of Jesus' time. When I think of a disciple, I think of a student or apprentice.
Someone who listens to their master and hopes to learn everything the master knows.

So here is the big question. How many of us do this with Jesus? Whether we may be a
salesman, teacher, or police officer; how many of us in our chosen field seek to learn as much
about Jesus as we can so we can apply it to our lives?

I know I've mentioned before how so many churches today seem to teach that all you have to do is accept the idea that Jesus died for your sins and forgive you and you go to heaven. I'm not going to say thats not true, but here is a question for you. So you accept this teaching and say the right prayer to be saved. Then you live the rest of your life with as little to do with Jesus as possible. Why would you even want to be with him in heaven after you die? You didn't want to spend a single moment with him while here on earth.

I'm not saying \u201cyou\u201d to anyone in particular other than in general, including myself. So how
did the disciples in Jesus' time live? All of them dropped what they were doing to follow
Jesus. Peter didn't even take the time to bury his dead father. Matthew gave up a lucrative
job as a tax collector.

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