Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously said, “Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.” According to Jesus’ own words before he ascended to the Father, the central task of the church throughout the ages has been to make disciples in the pattern of Jesus. Somewhere along the road, the church got distracted by other programs and agendas. Much of the western decline, both as a culture and as the church, has its roots in this failure to follow through on the basic premise and promise of the gospel. The remedy for this malady is to recapture the transforming power of the gospel in the Holy Spirit, and to make this an integral part of the life of the church.
Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video with Mike Breen, a leader in the global missional movement, as he walks through three aspects of discipleship—information, imitation, and innovation.
Explore more seeds: Mike Breen was one of the presenters at our New Room Conference in 2015—get the talks here; view all of our articles and resources related to discipleship here; read a piece by Andrew C. Thompson where he discusses the means of grace that God has set up to move us forward on the path to discipleship; read this practical series on children’s discipleship by Christina Embree.