Pastor Bill Clem has been teaching on this subject for years now. I have been very fortunate to sit under his teaching numerous times. At Mars Hill Ch...morePastor Bill Clem has been teaching on this subject for years now. I have been very fortunate to sit under his teaching numerous times. At Mars Hill Church we have used this robust definition of being a disciple of Jesus for many years now. In a nut shell it consists of four key aspects: #1. Image = Being an image bearer of God gives us Identity, purpose, and meaning. This is because of His character, and the work He has accomplished. #2. Worship = as His Image bearers we are created as worshipers. We see this in the God head itself. God is by nature other-centric. Father pours out to Son and Spirit, Son pours out to Father, Spirit, Spirit pours out to Father, Son. We do the same. We pour are made to be filled up by Him, and pour out to Him. What I mean by pour out is to ascribe worth, value, adoration to Him. However because of sin we get filled up by things of our own invention, or things God has created, and thus pour out to those things instead of Him. This is called idolatry. #3. Community = We see the Trinitarian God in community with Himself. As His image bearers He has designed us to be in community with each other. #4. Mission = God has a mission, and has called us to be a part of the work He is doing. We do this in community with other people.
Each of these points is expounded upon and has tons of scripture references. These are obviously Biblical truths, which should enhance all of our lives with meaning and purpose.
Every chapter has a great set of questions and a Bible study reflection to go along with it. I recommend setting aside the time needed to go through each of these studies.(less)