On Apostates, Heretics, and the Hurting

Over the last few years there seems to have been a rash of public Christian personalities (I hesitate to call them leaders) either apostatizing, espousing heresy, or admitting that they are struggling to hold on to orthodox Christian beliefs; and in the most heartbreaking cases, committing suicide.

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The Purpose of Imitating Jesus as His Disciple

This is the second article in our series responding to the feedback we have received concerning His Words His Ways Fellowship’s four principles of discipleship.

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The Image of God as the Basis of Discipleship

Over the last year, His Words His Ways Fellowship has adopted 4 principles of discipleship to ensure that we are making disciples of Jesus according to words and ways of Jesus and the rest of Scripture. These principles (with the scriptural references in footnotes) are:
 
  1. The Image of God as the Basis of Discipleship. The ultimate goal of the Gospel is that men bring glory to God by being re-conformed to the image of God that they were originally created to be.[1]
 
  1. The Purpose of Imitating Jesus as His Disciple. The goal of men being re-conformed to the image of God is accomplished by men imitating Jesus (who is the perfect image of God) as His disciple; through the empowerment and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.[2]
 
  1. The First Century, Biblical Understanding of Discipleship. Imitating Jesus as His disciple begins (but does not end) with specifically learning and then keeping the words, teachings, commands, and example that He gave during His earthly ministry. It is simply impossible to imitate someone without knowing what they said and did.[3]
 
  1. Biblical Discipleship in a Relational Environment (Relational Discipleship). Being conformed to the image of Jesus by imitating Him as His disciple is not a passive process, but an active/interactive process that occurs within a relational environment; which was established and demonstrated by Jesus during His earthly ministry.[4]
 
 
 


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