What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple? Our Intercultural Studies Department Explains

Evangelism and discipleship are two areas of focus at Global University. That’s because our mission is to seek the lost and train the found, helping them become closer to God and fulfill Christ’s mission for His people. In today’s blog from Global University, our intercultural studies experts explain what it means to be a disciple in the modern world.

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Based in Christian Tradition

Traditionally, there were 12 disciples (or apostles) of Jesus. These men followed Jesus and His ways. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus spoke to 70 people who went out to spread the message of Jesus to surrounding areas.

Following Jesus’s death, the apostles received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This is when the disciples of Christ received the ability to speak in foreign languages so that they could spread the gospel to all nations on Earth.

It is the Pentecostal tradition that drives the intercultural studies program at Global University.

More Than a Student

Disciples, both in modern and biblical times, were not just students who absorbed the teachings of Jesus and then talked about it to others. These people live the Word. They lead by example as much as possible.

God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Jesus recognized this when he forgave the sins of everyone during His life, death, and resurrection.

But being a disciple is more than just learning what you can about what Jesus said and did. You must follow several principles about Christ in order to teach others.

When you feel led to be a disciple in a foreign country, you’ll need intercultural studies training to learn how to relate to others in a different culture and language.

How to Prepare for Discipleship

Pray. Being a disciple of Christ isn’t always easy. Pray for guidance, and let the Holy Spirit move you.

Trust in Christ. The one true salvation is through Christ and living by His example. Learn to trust in His ways.

Love. One of Jesus’s great commandments states, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” It is this kind of love that you need for discipleship.

Obey. God wants you to obey Him, not because He’s cruel or mean, but because He wants to be close to you. When you obey God, He is merciful and shows you the way and the path to follow, as well as the rewards for being faithful.

Transform. Our goal is to transform lives, and it’s the end result of your discipleship through our intercultural studies program. We help you to transform lives with your ministry.

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Intercultural Studies at Global University

Do you feel led to teach the gospel of Jesus to others? Do you want help to reach this goal that God has put on your heart? Reach out to Global University today, and we’ll be happy to talk to you!