What Is the Content of Discipleship

Alan Hirsch shares what the content of discipleship is.

He says, “Now the question is, between the incarnation and the cross there is a huge gap, right? In that gap, what ever happened to that part of it in the way we think about ourselves? What happened to the model—the exemplary life of Jesus?  His teachings? His message?  His commands as our Lord…?

The problem is in that middle piece, folks, that’s where we get the agenda. The content of discipleship comes from the life and the teachings of Jesus…That’s where we get the agenda for discipleship. You take that out of our theology and our thinking and you won’t have any agenda for Christian life…

Because all you do when you focus on the ‘cross stuff’ and we have nothing else about christology that informs the way we are then we have a very truncated, it’s called a reduction of the gospel. It’s a reducing of the gospel down to one point…That reduction has damaged our capacity to be disciples, because we don’t have any content. If the cross stuff is where Jesus is my Savior…the other stuff is where He’s my Lord…”

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About The Author

Alan Hirsch

Founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network. Alan is also part of the leadership team of Christian Associates, a missional church planting agency with focus on Western Europe. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is a teacher and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. His popular book with Michael Frost The Shaping of Things to Come is widely considered to be a seminal text on mission. Alan’s recent book The Forgotten Ways, has quickly become a key reference for missional thinking, particularly as it relates to movements. His recent books include ReJesus, Right Here Right Now, On The Verge and his newest book called The Permanent Revolution. His experience in leadership includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized as well as heading up the Mission and Revitalization work of his denomination. Alan is and adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the U.S.

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