“All authority in heaven and on earth ahs been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.
One of the most important commands that Jesus gave all Christians is to make disciples of all nations. This command is so important that we have called I the “Great Commission.” But what exactly was Jesus asking us to do? The word disciple is derived from the Latin word disci-pulus – disci stands for learning, pulus stands for the English word pupil. The word disciple comes from the same root word as discipline.
A disciple is one who is disciplined, often by someone else. In the modern world discipline often carries a negative connotation to it. Especially if it is connected to a religious affiliation, such as Christian discipline. Yet, Biblically, that’s what Jesus is calling us to be and to make. Throughout the history of the church there have been a series of Biblical disciplines that have unfortunately been lost in the Christian community. In the month of May we will explore and hopefully regain some of the spiritual practices. Practices that are essentially disciplines which lead us to know God more intimately.
April 26 – The Practice of Fasting
May 3 – The Practice of Prayer
May 10 – The Practice of Scripture Study
May 17 – The Practice of Giving and Tithing
May 24 – The Practice of Simplicity
March 31 – The Practice of Service
June 7 – The Practice of Sabbath