I made the claim in my last post that churches need to adopt an educational model. In this post, I answer several questions surrounding that claim.
Why are you advocating an educational model for churches?
I am advocating an educational model because churches are failing to make true disciples.
What is a disciple?
The Oxford English Dictionary, which traces English words from their origins up to present day usage, says
- a disciple is a person who follows or attends upon another in order to learn from him or her.
- a disciple is a pupil; a follower.
- the word disciple was originally and chiefly used with reference to the followers of Jesus.
You can see from this definition that there are two aspects to being a disciple. A disciple is a follower, and a disciple is a student. As Christians, we use the term disciple appropriately, but rather than it evoking passion and purpose, it elicits a passive response.
…but an educational model changes that.
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