A Circle Of Friendship, Discipleship And Apostleship

John 15:12-17

A circle of friendship, discipleship and apostleship: Jesus’ circle were first friends, then disciples and, after that, apostles.

* Friendship – the foundation of discipleship and apostleship
Personal – Discipleship and apostleship are not based on an impersonal contract of employment. It’s based on love. It’s about people – not numbers. They were known by name.)
Chosen – discipleship and apostleship were glad service – not grudged service

* Discipleship – learning for apostleship, learning to serve the Lord
Personal – The way in which the Lord teaches us is uniquely personal.
Continuing – Formal education ends early in life. Divine education continues throughout life: learning to obey love’s sweet lessons – loving God and loving one another.

* Apostleship – taking love into the world
Patterned – Christ’s sacrificial love (John 15:12-13)
Committed – Specific purpose – to go into the world and bear fruit by sharing the love of Christ with others.

A circle of friendship, discipleship and apostleship: This is what we are to be – based on Christ’s love, learning to love Him and sharing His love.

3 thoughts on “A Circle Of Friendship, Discipleship And Apostleship

  1. I read this with thoughts of how I turned Christianity into a profession for several years rather than a way of life. I missed out on so many opportunities to conduct ministry more like the Lord Jesus rather than this “preacher personality cult” that has developed and ministry strictly being within the walls of the church. Thanks for this post!

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