When I hear the word disciple, I tend to think of the brave men and women during Jesus’ life who heard Him preach and became His followers.
And truthfully, I’ve always been a little confused as to who was an Apostle vs. a Disciple and what the difference is. I thought others might also share this confusion so this would be a good topic to cover.
As I began my research though, something unexpected happened.
My focus was shifted away from learning about Jesus’ Disciples and Apostles and more towards how we can become a disciple.
I never really thought of it in terms of me being a disciple and what that would mean. It’s just two dots that never connected for me … until now.
This week’s issue of Genuflect looks closely at discipleship … specifically our discipleship. What it means to be a disciple, how to be a disciple when Jesus isn’t physically here, the stages of conversion to discipleship, the marks of a disciple, true discipleship, and the difference between apostles and disciples.
Whether the disciple dots have always been connected for you or not, I pray there’s some information here that will help you practice discipleship more in your life. I’ve definitely got some work to do!
Founding Editor, Genuflect
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What is a Disciple?
You’ve heard Jesus talk about disciples. You know we are called to be disciples of Christ and to make disciples. But have you ever stopped to really understand what it means? Maurice Blumberg is here to help clear the air so we can work on our discipleship.
Being a Disciple of Christ | Catholic Exchange
21st Century Disciple
Jesus drew large crowds during his ministry on Earth and he attracted disciples … men and women who believed in Him and followed Him. We too can be His disciples, despite the fact that he’s not physically here. And in fact, we should be. Here are some ways to be a disciple of Jesus in the 21st Century.
Discipleship in The 21st Century | Thoughts From a Catholic
Become an Intentional Disciple
When we hear the word conversion, we tend to think of people becoming a Christian or a Catholic. But conversion is also experienced when one decides to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. And we’re all supposed to be His disciples. Here are 5 stages of spiritual growth for conversion by Sherry Weddell. Which stage would you say you’re in?
5 Steps to Becoming an Intentional Disciple | Our Sunday Visitor
5 Discipleship Lessons
Deacon Michael Bickerstaff takes a look at the Travel Narrative in the Gospel of Luke and pulls out the 5 key lessons of discipleship we need today to help us to not only live our faith day in and day out, but to strengthen it.
Five Discipleship Lessons for Following Jesus | Integrated Catholic Life
Habits of Disciples
Though discipleship looks different in every person, there are 6 key habits of mature disciples of Jesus Christ. Follow Jesus more closely in your life by building these habits.
The Six Disciplines of a Disciple | M3 Catholic
Marks of a Disciple
So how does one live as a disciple of Jesus Christ? It can be challenging. Here are 12 marks of a disciple to consider and help us grow in our own discipleship.
12 Marks of Discipleship | Catholic Missionary Disciples
Dr. Edward Sri discusses what true discipleship is … and isn’t. He explains the importance of imitation and why we should focus on the rabbi-disciple relationship.
True Discipleship is “Jesus Christ’s Way of Life Transforming me” | Catholic World Report
Whatever our vocation, we should always strive to improve ourselves, in all aspects of our life. Bishop Kevin Rhoades explains this is important for living an integrated Catholic life. Fortunately we have this one important tool to help us along the way.
Living as Intentional Disciples of Jesus | Today’s Catholic
Make Disciples For Christ
Christ calls us all to be missionaries and to make disciples. Pope Francis warns us that we need to be careful though. It may be tempting to make followers of ourselves or of a particular group. But that’s not who the disciples are supposed to be following. Pope Francis explains.
Mission is to Make Disciples For Christ, Not For One’s Group, Pope Say | National Catholic Reporter
Apostle vs. Disciple
It can get confusing trying to keep straight who was an apostle or a disciple. It seems like the terms are almost interchangeable. But they actually mean two different things. Here’s what you need to know to keep them straight.
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