Finally, the question must be asked, “What is a disciple?” For those early Christians, being a disciple was really quite simple. It meant that they were becoming more and more like Christ in every single aspect of their lives. Read the final entry in Steve Bruns' series on discipleship.
It was here, in Holy Communion, that the Church saw fully and completely what the potential cost of discipleship entailed: death. And yet it was literal good news, because despite his death, Jesus Christ was currently present with them in this very act of Holy Communion. Read more from Steve Bruns' series on the early church and discipleship.
Why does doctrine matter? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. William Abraham explains that, contrary to popular belief, doctrine doesn't stand in opposition to personal spiritual experience, nor Christian humanitarian action in the world. Rather, it is the vital task of articulating who the God is that we encounter in the gospel.
Before we can begin to make disciples, we must first come to terms with what the church is. What does it mean to be and join the church? Ancient Christians had an answer, and it pointed to the Nicene Creed: "We believe in one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church." Read more from Steve Bruns as he continues in his series on discipleship and the church.
Many discipleship programs prize individualism and leave out the essential ingredient without which discipleship doesn't really happen: the church. In today's article, Steve Bruns shares why we need to leave our Gnostic tendencies behind and recapture a vision for discipleship that happens in and by the church.
How well do you know the historical and doctrinal issues involved in 4 of the great ecumenical creeds that define historic Christianity? In these videos, Charles Gutenson outlines each creed and explains the historical and doctrinal issues involved in each one.
All four of the Gospels conclude with Jesus giving a final commission to his disciples. These commissions are all given by Jesus Christ after the resurrection. They are given at different times and places throughout the forty days between his resurrection and his ascension.
There is no more popular single word which summarizes the Christian faith than the word “gospel.” It comes from a word in the New Testament which means “the good message” or “the good news.”
Since prayer is such a central part of Christian life and faith, a number of special questions arise related to prayer which deserve special attention. Put simply, why do we pray and what role does prayer play in the larger work of God in the world?
Broadly speaking, a means of grace refers to all the ways by which Christians grow stronger in their faith and grow in the grace of Christ. In other words, they are God’s instruments to convey grace, including prevenient grace, justifying grace, sanctifying grace and, ultimately, glorifying grace.