Kyle Idleman in his book, Not A Fan, talks about how often scripture talks about being disciples compared to being believers. Time and time again the word disciple is used far more often than the word believer. It is important to note the difference in the terms. A believer may believe certain things but a disciple lives what he believes. James tells us that we show our faith by what we do, not just what we say. Francis Chan in his book, Multiply, says that we are to be disciples, but that we are also to make disciples. A disciple was someone willing to follow, and to become like their teacher. He makes the observation that many today feel like they can be a Christian without being like Christ.
We are in a series (which may be a long one) of looking at Jesus’ teaching and asking why it matters. If we are to be more than just believers in Christ, if we are to follow him, we need to know what he taught and how he lived. But then we must add to that the follow part, we must desire in our lives to be like Jesus. In a few weeks we will spend three evenings on this topic as Paul Cocklin shares with us this idea of being disciples, not just believers. My prayer is that you will mark your calendar, set aside time and most of all bring open ears and open hearts to those three days.