Whenever Christians discuss the mission of the church, we tend to get mired in debates over the responsibility of local congregations to be involved in social ministry. Is our work in the world part of the church’s mission? Is the mission broad or narrow? Underneath these discussions, however, is a bigger question concerning the nature of discipleship. The question isn’t merely about the mission; it’s about how disciple-making should be defined. Is disciple-making broad or narrow? Below are four important truths we should keep in mind as we consider biblical discipleship:Trevin did a great job on this article. This was probably my favorite part:
The goal of discipleship is balanced. As Gregg Allison points out, followers of Christ should be characterized by
orthodoxy (sound doctrine),
orthopraxis (right practice),
and orthopatheia (proper sentiment).