What is the Content of Discipleship?

Alan Hirsch of the Verge Network:

“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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Alan Hirsch is the founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network. He 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.

Alan is a plenary speaker at the 2021 Mission Central Conference.

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