Living an Authentic Life: Our Lent 2017 study course will focus on discipleship.
The aim of this study course is to explore what it means to be a disciple of Christ. We will be looking at the Bible and reading about the experiences of Christians around the world.
We do not intend to offer definitive answers, but rather encourage you or your study group to investigate what discipleship means to you personally and collectively.
We hope the result will be that we feel more able to live an authentic life, being true to ourselves, true to those we meet, and true to God.
We have allocated a space as part of each study for you to note down something you have learned that you could incorporate into your practice of discipleship.
Some thoughts on discipleship
- According to the Oxford Dictionary, a disciple is ‘a follower or pupil of a teacher, leader or philosopher’.
- The word disciple is derived from the Latin discipulus, meaning pupil, from discere, to learn.
- The Greek term for ‘disciple’ in the New Testament is mathetes, which means more than just ‘student’ or ‘learner’: a disciple is a ‘follower’, someone who adheres to the teachings of another, making them their model for life.
- Jesus’ followers were called disciples long before they were ever called Christians. Their discipleship began with Jesus’ call and required them to respond by following him, and resulted in following him through his ministry, death and resurrection. The word ‘disciples’ is found 233 times in the Gospels.
Some thoughts on authenticity
- Christ calls us to be authentic. We are not called to be perfect, but to turn to God as we seek to become more Christ-like in our discipleship.
- A disciple is not required to live the Christian life in isolation. Instead, we are encouraged to seek the support of our brothers and sisters, locally and globally.
- According to the Oxford Dictionary, authentic means of undisputed origin, not a copy, genuine, faithfully resembling the original, based on facts, accurate, reliable.