Discipleship

Jesus Said

Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version (NIV)

19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The Online Dictionary Says a Disciple is:

a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
b. An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.
Therefore it could be said that a disciple is someone who has:
  1. Accepted Jesus as their Saviour – he has paid the price for the eternal consequences of their sin and is baptised or considering baptism( in the case of a recent decision to follow Jesus)
  2. Decided to follow Jesus, learn his teachings and put them into practice
  3. Praying to God through the name of Jesus and receiving answers to prayer
  4. Seeking to encourage others talking about their faith in Jesus while helping their fellow person
  5. Desire to meet up with others to praise, worship and listen to teaching about Christianity
 

When I saw that the Methodist Church was running a discipleship course in Hedon I wanted to be part of it.   Why?   Because God has given me a passion for the healing of the divisive wounds which separated our denominations for centuries and together, in harmony, to bring the Good News of salvation to all of Holderness.

I was welcomed into this Methodist Group with open arms despite the fact that I am a lifelong Roman Catholic.   That was a wonderful start.   I have learnt so much from listening to the impact that our readings have had on peoples’ understanding of their faith.   I have been helped particularly by the  comments and interpretation and leadership of Lansford.   His good humour and gentle manner make every session a joy.

My thanks must also go to Val Hoff for her generous welcome and hospitality.

It has not been easy keeping up with the readings and the study which, in the midst of the rest of my busy life, make particular demands on planning my time.   But God has blessed my efforts with the understanding and support of all the group.   I have made and am making many new friends.   Will I ever be a real disciple?   Only God knows but I trust Him to use me to make some small contribution to bring His Kingdom here in this part of His earth.

May His name always be praised.

Peter J. Ainscough

From the Roman Catholic Church