Discipleship is not something we accomplish and then move on to the next thing; rather, biblical discipleship is a lifelong pursuit of Christ, growing in our understanding and relationship with Him, and being conformed to His image.

The concept of discipleship is akin to an apprentice that takes on not just the knowledge but the lifestyle of the one to whom they are following – in our case, God Himself. We are to become Christlike … not through self-effort or talent, but through the indwelling of the very life of Christ (i.e., the Holy Spirit).

One great way to continue your lifelong pursuit of Christ is have an intentional plan to grow in Christ. Here are two great options I’d highly recommend:

  • Ellerslie Online – a “go at your own pace” online discipleship program that is available for a donation of any amount (registration closes February 29)
  • Come to Colorado and join me and Ellerslie for an in-person discipleship program this upcoming summer or fall. You can learn more about our discipleship programs or sign up to enter to win one of our ten full-ride scholarships we are giving away (end February 15, so sign up soon if you’re interested). You can learn more about the scholarship giveaway here.

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Scriptures mentioned

  • Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
  • Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to keep all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
  • Romans 8:29 – Because those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers …

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