Sunday, January 01, 2012

Disciple versus Believer

In 1980 Dallas Willard wrote for Christianity Today:
The word "disciple" occurs 269 times in the New Testament.  "Christian" is found only three times and was first introduced to refer precisely to the disciples...The New Testament is a book about disciples, by disciples and for disciples of Jesus Christ.

But the point is not merely verbal.  What is more important is that...the assurances and benefits offered to humankind in the gospel evidently presuppose such a life and do not make realistic sense apart from it...

Dare I tell people as believers without discipleship that they are at peace with God?  Where can I find authority for such a message?
We need Yeshua's yoke.

UPDATE: Heh.  The google ngram for the words disciple and discipline shows how in about 1925 the word discipline became increasingly used for a meaning apart from being a disciple.  The word discipline has always appeared in more books, but before that time the two words appeared in rough proportionality

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