Spiritual Growth as Being Disciples

Another biblical way to think about growing spiritually is discipleship. A disciple is “a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.” Those who choose to follow Jesus are called “disciples.” Disciples spend time with their teacher. They watch how he or she behaves, lives, acts. They listen to his or her words and teachings. They try to mimic his or her life in their own.
 
Originally, Jesus’ disciples were called “members of The Way.” (Check it out in Acts 18:26; 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22.) Think about that! Being a Christian wasn’t just about believing in Jesus–it wasn’t mainly about what you said you believed. It was a way of life! Other people could tell that those who claimed Jesus had a different kind of life. They lived differently–by what they did, how they talked, where they went.

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Going to the Source

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2 Kings 4:8-37 relates an interesting story about the prophet Elisha.  Most stories about Elisha are interesting, but they are also hard to understand.  There is the one where he curses some youths and they are mauled by a bear (2 Kings 2:23-25), he makes an ax head float (6:1-7), he creates an antidote for a pot of poisoned stew (2 Kings 4:42-44) and most weird of all, a dead man comes back to life when he touches Elisha’s buried bones (2 Kings 13: 20-21)! 
 
Basically, we all need to go back and read through 2 Kings.  It is a wonderfully strange collection of stories about a powerful man of God who prompts us to ask important questions.

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