Discipleship #1

Regular worship and study of God’s Word:

Worship is a precious privilege and responsibility. In worship, God comes to us through his Word and through the body and blood of his Son in the Lord’s Supper. We respond by praising his Name, giving him thanks for what he has done, singing praises to him, and offering ourselves and our resources to him and his people. Thus, worship is a vertical relationship between God and you. But worship involves the horizontal dimension—between us and other Christians. Our praise and worship follow the examples of saints from all generations. By our presence at worship we encourage our fellow Christians to be faithful in this vital area.

Hebrews 10:24–25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

John 8:47 [Jesus said:] “Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Luke 11:28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Discipleship Intro

The following posts will offer some thoughts about discipleship from a Lutheran perspective.


As a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, Who is the Head of the Church, we have been granted great and precious promises, namely, the forgiveness of sins and the assurance of everlasting life in heaven. This means more, however, than attending worship services occasionally. As a member of the Body of Christ, we are a branch grafted into the Vine, Jesus Christ. Our life and health are tied to Him.

We as Christians have agreed to walk together in faith. We support, encourage, ex­hort, and rebuke one another—always in love. We also seek together to do the will of our heavenly Father. The primary task of the Church is to worship God and make disciples. That can be done only through a Word and Sacrament ministry (see Matthew 28:18–20). Every Christian is to be involved in the disciple-making process. God gives us the vision, the resources, and the strength for this most important work.