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.