In Praise of Unfinished Discipleship

YouthMinistry.com | 9/20/2018 | Mark DeVries
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I’m just imagining the first followers of Jesus taking a “discipleship assessment” just after his death and resurrection. Would a single one of them make the grade as a “fully formed disciple” by today’s youth ministry standards?

If the model Jesus himself used produced the kind of results that would get most of us a poor performance review, maybe there’s a problem with the way we think about discipleship. If the Alpha and the Omega had a mixed-results youth group, what makes us think that we can produce fully formed disciples by the time our kids graduate?

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How about, instead, we set our sights on the kinds of disciples that Jesus influenced…the unfinished kind?

By the end of Jesus ministry, his closest allies were unsettled, confused, and ill-equipped for the mission ahead of them. They were not anchored by their own spiritual competence, and they did not really understand what they were being called to do. They were certainly not master disciplers.

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By the end of Jesus ministry, his closest allies were unsettled, confused, and ill-equipped for the mission ahead of them.

But there’s one thing Jesus...
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