Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. It's t easy, and it is never over. Jesus himself set forth the conditions: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Eight United Methodist clergy all ordained since 2008 explore a definition disciple and help us along in our efforts to pursue the adventure of a lifetime. Each writer looks at one aspect of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. He or she is a person who ...Experiences the forgiveness and acceptance of God. Follows the life and teachings of Jesus. Demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit. Shares in the life and witness of a community of disciples, including Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Serves in some form of ministry every day. Participates in God's suffering and transformation of the world. Anticipates a future life in the presence of God. Yearns to lead others to become disciples.
Adolf Hansen is Theologian in Residence, St. Luke's United Methodist Church Indianoplis, Indiana and Senior Scholar and Vice President Emeritus, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.