Tag : Discipleship

Written on Feb, 05, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

When we fail to form people as disciples of Jesus Christ it isn’t just that we miss out on the fruits of vibrant ministries or sacrificial stewardship. It also means that our communities are filled with people who haven’t experienced God’s love for them.

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Written on Feb, 03, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Like salvation, discipleship is a process. We grow in holiness, we grow in our participation in the divine nature (see 2 Peter 1:2-4), we grow in our likeness to Christ. Discipleship is dynamic that begins in the sacraments and the hearing of the kerygma. But, to return to the Apostle Paul one last time, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14, NKJV).

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Written on Feb, 01, 2016 by in | 4 Comments.

If in fact, the parish “has replaced the Church and, by the same token, has become a completely secular organization” it isn’t simply because of secularism but a failure to preach the Gospel. It reflects a situation in which we make good Orthodox who are not (necessarily) good Christians in the sense of being disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Written on Jan, 29, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Like Zacchaeus, I must desire to draw close to Jesus. No matter what the obstacle, no matter how foolish I look in the eyes of the world, I must lay aside any obstacle that keeps me from committing my whole life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I must first desire to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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Written on Oct, 01, 2015 by in | 1 Comment.

Love—human and divine—are meant to function synergistically; the latter purifies and deifies the former while the former reveals the latter. The evangelical work of the Church embraces both the immature believer as well as the unbeliever. Both are called to a life of personal Christian discipleship. Both are called to that life of continual repentance that makes it possible to grow in the knowledge and experience of God’s love passing, as Paul says in another place, “from glory to glory.”

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