Following Jesus looks like something. Historical writings inform us that the goal of disciples in the 1st century was to follow a rabbi so closely that the very dust that came up from their rabbi’s sandals would settle onto their own clothing. For Jesus’ disciples, following the Messiah meant that they responded to his every move, hung onto his every word, and followed his leadership so closely that the holy dust of his life settled onto their own.
The goal of Christianity today is no different. To be a Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus, and to be a disciple of Jesus is to walk in his footsteps, allowing ourselves to be transformed and shaped to look more like him over time. Just as athletes continually practice their sport, performing the same action day after day and moment after moment, so are we invited to practice discipleship. And as we are discipled by Jesus, we are commanded to bring others along with us! Matthew 28:19-20 commands us to go and make disciples of all nations, participating in a lifestyle of ministering, mentoring, and multiplying.
This 4-week series teaches us about the people who followed Jesus most closely when he walked on the earth - the disciples – and come to understand that we have the same invitation.