First, You Pick Up the Cross

“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27) Not to offend anyone here, but I believe we have a way to easy and convenient and almost metaphorical picture of cross-bearing. We are not talking inconveniences here. The term is way too glibly used. The general idea […]

Discipleship 101 #5 – What Shall We Say Then?

So, looking at all that has been said, what shall we say then? All of this can be summed up in what Jesus said to the Pharisees: “But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him. ‘Teacher, […]

Discipleship 101 #4 – New School

So, what does this all mean for us in our daily lives? What is it that a disciple of Jesus does? Let me list five things a disciple of Jesus does. A disciple is a Reborn Follower of Jesus There is no distinction between being a Christian and being a disciple. Christian means “belonging to […]

Discipleship 101 #3 – Paul, An Example

As an example of what Jesus meant by discipleship, let’s have a brief look at the life and ministry of Paul. Traditional Upbringing He spent the better part of his life learning the ins and outs of traditional Jewish discipleship from Gamaliel, which means Paul was accustomed to the “old way” of discipleship. Paul says, […]

Discipleship 101 #2 – Jesus Made It Unique

In the previous post I took a look at how the Jewish tradition dealt with the topic of discipleship. Now, the question that could be raised is whether Jesus’ views on discipleship were an exact copy of how the Jews did it, or if Jesus used the method of the Jews just as a stepping […]

Discipleship 101 #1 – Old School

When Jesus started his ministry and people started following Him, his early followers did not ask any questions about becoming a disciple. We read in John 1:38 that his early followers immediately started calling Jesus ‘Rabbi’ (which means teacher) and started following Him. Why? Let’s see if we can find out why that was, shall […]

Confusion Explosion

For the last couple of weeks nothing less than an explosion of confusion has manifested itself in my head. Sounds lovely, isn’t it! The funny thing is that although there is much confusion there is much clarity on what the confusion is about. In other words, the confusion explosion is not an all encompassing confusion […]

The Year Of

The year of 2009 (According to our Gregorian calendar) The year of the Ox (According to the Chinese calendar) The year of discipline (As this is much needed in my life) The year of the Cross of Christ (As I need to “feel” its weight more in my life) The year of the ESV Study […]

Partners in Crime

Timothy probably became a Christian, together with his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois, on Paul’s first missionary trip to Lystra (Acts 14:6-18). On Paul’s second missionary journey to Lystra, some three years later, he met Timothy, as we read, “Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra and a disciple was there, named Timothy, […]