Part 1 examines the fundamental definition of what it means to “make disciples” from a biblical context.
I love the phrase "in the dust of the Rabbi." It is so foreign to our 21st century ears, but so important to understand today. It’s where you want to be. And when you see where that is, if you haven’t already, you will want to get there as soon as possible. You will want to live there. In fact, I am going to encourage you to do just that. And what may sound even more extreme—once you are there you will wonder how you ever viewed your Christianity any other way. It is that powerful.
Growing up I had one thing on straight—I believed in God and the Bible, specifically, that Jesus was really who he said he was, the Son of God, and that the Bible was inspired by God. My understanding was not very deep on any of it, but it did not matter, as those foundational beliefs were present. It’s what made me a Christian. But what does this have to do with discipleship, or the discipleship deficiency? Everything...
Popular dictionaries list many different definitions for conversion. In all the definitions, the word "change" is continually used to convey the meaning, regardless of the context (monetary, scientific, medical, religious, etc.) Conversion to Christianity can be understood on three levels—the broad sense, the strict sense, and the discipleship sense. Understanding these has implications for living the Christian life.