Last month our subject in this “Letter of Exhortation” was DISCIPLINE – establishing a new LIFE-PATTERN. This month we want to share on DISCIPLING. They’re not the same! As a matter of fact, in order to come into a new DISCIPLINE, we need to be DISCIPLED! And coming into the place of God in our Christian walk for almost all of us, a new LIFE-PATTERN.

Here’s a very practical word on the subject by one who has seen it work – in both directions. Only slightly edited, the following is by Bill Eubank, who oversees a fellowship in the state of North Carolina. . .

Practical Discipleship

A disciple is one who seeks to follow the doctrines and teachings of another. Like a student follows a teacher. . .In the KINGDOM OF GOD today we see many who recognize the validity of living a LIFE STYE or LIFE-PATTERN imparted to them by another in whom they trust and look up to in the Body of Christ. Instead of talking about the “Doctrine of Discipleship” I would like to share with you some thoughts about the results that discipleship should bring about in our life.

I believe there are FIVE stages that flow forth as a person subjects himself to the discipling of another. I’ll list these first and then comment briefly on each one in order. They are:

  1. Self-denial
  2. Teachableness
  3. Obedience
  4. Recognition
  5. Release

Obviously, as you look at this list you see a progression in the process of being a disciple. Let’s take a look at each one of these stages and see if we can’t get a better feel for the progressive nature of the process that God wants to work in our lives – a process that truly brings about maturity.

From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 6, December 1980.