Understand Christian Disciples
Christian Disciples. Have you ever found yourself wondering, who they are and what they do? Let’s get started on a few. First, what is a Christian disciple? How were the terms “Christian” and “Christian disciple” affected by Jesus’ ministry and Jesus’ resurrection?
Let’s begin on the origin of the terms “Christian” and “disciple.” In Strong’s Online Concordance, a disciple is a learner or pupil. Jesus referred to His followers as Christian disciples. Disciples were being taught by Him and learned about the Kingdom of God. Sound familiar? Christian disciples were pupils in Jesus’ School of Supernatural Ministry. After Jesus’ resurrection, one of many supernatural events, He sent the disciples out as Apostles to the nations on the “Great Commission.”
Follower of Christ
On the other hand, one of the Greek meanings for “Christian” is “follower of Christ.” “Christian” is found in the Bible three times. Did you know that in Acts chapter 11 verse 2, the disciples were called “Christians” (by the pagans) first at Antioch? The disciples didn’t call each other Christians. They used apostolic offices or family terms to refer to each other. Pagans used “Christian” to make fun of those who believed in Jesus’ ministry. Believe it or not, It was used as a disrespectful name-calling adjective.
Religion is “a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”
You might ask, how are Christians different from Christian disciples? When using “Christian” as a noun, it refers to one who has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Someone who lives a Christian life or the teachings of Jesus and not religion. Religion is “a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” Whereas, Christian disciples practice, live and share the teachings of Jesus. God doesn’t honor religion. God honors relationship. Having God’s Spirit brings us into relationship with Him. You’ll have an understanding to spread the gospel, effectively. To sum things up, the difference between a “Christian” and a “Christian disciple” is simple. A disciple is called to be a servant. Jesus used the mustard seed parable to compare the church to the world.
Today, Christian disciples with spiritual gifts and talents still share and spread the Gospel of Jesus. Apostles, pastors, prophets, evangelists, teachers and others work hard behind the scenes all the time, everywhere. Followers and disciples alike can utilize Christian life resources for the “Great Commission” through video media technology. For example, at Kingdoms Network Christian Broadcasting, the gospel is spread by means of Christian videos via GodSent TV, Crusade TV, Christian Travel TV, Christian Chef TV, Christian Movies TV and more.
Most importantly,Christians and disciples are the same in one respect. They have faith in God and are not ashamed of the gospel. The paganistic “put down” was a divine setup for a future “going up.” As stated by Joseph after what his brothers did to him, in Genesis chapter 50 verse 20, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good….”
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