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September 29, 2006

Jesus -- The ’Lead’ Disciple

Discipleship, particularly Transformational Discipleship, is a hot topic at Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint right now, as this past year we've adopted a new mission/vision/values focused on discipleship that transforms individual lives, churches and communities.

As I said in an earlier post, I attended a discipleship and mentoring seminar last weekend taught by Don Payne of Denver Seminary. Here's a thought-provoking point from the day, tied to an analogy Don made of a group of skiers making their way down a mountain of fresh powder, with the expert at the front of the pack, and those still learning following behind:

"Jesus is the lead disciple for God. He cut a trail for us that we could not cut ourselves."

I like this quote because it reminds me that ultimately, it is Christ we look to as our example, as our mentor, as our guide. While we learn much from our brothers and sisters who are on the journey with us, it is Jesus who is the Way we follow.

Oh -- and if you want a great book that gives practial ideas for how to mentor/disciple others, and what discipleship really is, read Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time by Greg Ogden.

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