32: What is Discipleship?
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Discipleship is the process of becoming a better disciple of Jesus and the process of intentionally building and cultivating relationships with others in order to help them become better disciples of Jesus.
Tragically, discipleship is often misunderstood and simply relegated to a Sunday school class or curriculum, but discipleship is learning how to live a life fully engaged with the God, not just learning information about God.
In this episode, Kenny unpacks the origins of the word disciple, tracing its roots back to the first-century-BC rabbinical system where rabbis recruited disciples to preach and teach their methods, theology, and philosophy. We are to take the principles of the rabbinical system and apply them to our local contemporary context.
In discipleship we do two things:
– We seek to know Jesus well
– We seek to mentor others so that they will know Jesus well
Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.) is a professor and recruiter at Bethlehem College and a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN. He has 15+ years of vocational ministry experience. He’s also a podcaster, author, and Ph.D. student. Kenneth lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Malaina, they have one daughter.