discipling

30 Jul

Yesterday I was reading about discipling and I came away with a new definition. I guess through church rightly, or wrongly, I have always found the word discipling to be filled with lots of heavy connotations and formula. I kind of feel stupid writing about this but yesterday I learnt that the greek word for disciple means to mentor and mentor means to stamp an image.

Therefore Jesus called his disciples to stamp an image on the world – more precisely to stamp his image on the world. Discipling seems so much easier looking at it this way. How many people are you in contact with who you are stamping an image on – more importatnly stamping God’s image on? Your children, work collegues, friends, people at the homeless shelter, at the coffee house, addictions centre and many more?

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7 Responses to “discipling”

  1. Heidi July 30, 2007 at 14:38 #

    I love this concept, stamping an image!! Wow. Thanks Lyn. It gives discipling a whole new meaning.

  2. lynhallewell July 30, 2007 at 14:51 #

    🙂 How’s the packing going?

  3. Erin July 30, 2007 at 15:39 #

    Wow Lyn – Yeah the word “discipling” has been so abused, this is a really cool way of looking at it. Great thoughts.

  4. Mary July 30, 2007 at 16:37 #

    This is good. I’ve seen discipling focus on going through a workbook – in effect, reducing discipling to giving “right” answers. That might make a good regurgitator, but not a disciple. Great post.

  5. lynhallewell July 31, 2007 at 07:57 #

    Erin and Mary thank you for your encouragement 🙂

  6. Sara November 16, 2008 at 22:30 #

    I stumbled across your blog on this subject. Thank you for your new insight on the word “discipling.” This is something I’ve been struggling with lately and haven’t been able to resolve. It had been clouded over with so many other requirements.

  7. lynhallewell November 20, 2008 at 07:40 #

    I hope it has helped you Sara. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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