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Making Disciples Today: Blog

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What do you mean by "Disciple"?

drop your nets

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.’ And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him” (Luke 5:10-11).  From the moment he dropped his nets to follow Jesus, he was a disciple."  Forming Intentional Disciples, 64.

What "being a disciple" means and what it looks like can be confusing.  At the core, discipleship is an active response to a relationship with Christ.  Discipleship is active. It happens on purpose.  Author of the book Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell, said, "You don't do [discipleship] accidentally; you don't do it in your sleep." 

"Go and make disciples of all nations." Matthew 28:19

Maybe you're already a disciple. If so, part of our mission is to help you discover how to be more intentional about your discipleship.

Maybe you're not yet a disciple. If so, part of our mission to help you enter into a deeper understanding of what it means to be a disciple and become more hungry to respond to Jesus' call.

“A disciple is someone who seeks to enter more deeply into his relationship with Christ, and lead others into their own relationship with him." Fr. Sean Pogue 

Isn't Discipleship only for the super holy?

Not at all, though this is a common misconception.  Most Christians acknowledge the weaknesses of their faith and inconsistencies of their lifestyles and therefore wrongly assume that they are only "normal" Christians who will never attain the level of a disciple.

"We must be convinced that all the baptized - unless they die early or are incapable of making such a decision - will eventually be called to make a personal choice to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ in the midst of his Church." 

Forming Intentional Disciples, 70.

The reality is that every single one of us has been called to discipleship. It's not just for the super holy, it's not just for the saints.

"Through our Baptism, we become witnesses to the Gospel and disciples of Christ." 

Disciples Called to Witness, USCCB

How do I become a disciple?

Develop, through formation, a personal relationship with Christ, then invite others into a relationship with him.

Disciples discover their greatest, God-given purpose as husband and father, a wife and mother, and as a teacher or preacher, evangelist, missions worker, or administrator. They discern the gifts that God has given them, and they give those gifts back to Him in service to the Church and to each other.

"This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35

If this sounds like a life worth living, like something you'd be interested in, let us help.

What are the Burning Hearts Disciples?

We at Burning Hearts want to help you become a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ who has the tools and inspiration you need to pursue a deeper, consistent and more meaningful relationship with God.  We want to help give those who are called training, support, and avenues to live out Jesus' call to "go and make disciples."

If you would like to support Burning Hearts by becoming a Burning Hearts Disciple, we'd love to help you prayerfully discern your gifts and where God may be calling you.  Contact us today!