The cost of discipleship is high. But the profit is great. Changed lives. Changed families. Changed communities. Jesus set the precedent for the life of discipleship and creating disciples. In the Gospels, Jesus called many men and women to follow him. Many of them were rough around the edges—difficult, slow to understand, cowardly, with distasteful pasts, and of little reputation. Basically, they were a lot like most of us. Over time, they stuck with Jesus and devoted their lives to Him and His ministry.
For over three years, Jesus lived with and trained the people who stuck with him on who He was, what that meant for them and the world, and how to tell others about Him. Jesus lived life with them. He ate and drank with them. He prayed with them and taught to them what the Scriptures said. He cried for them. And He died for them. After three years of ,travel, work, and toil, the disciples watched their teacher die on a cross because He claimed to be God. And this is where most stories would end. But this isn’t just any story. Jesus rose from the dead, victorious over satan, sin, and death. And the first thing He did was go back to teaching and training His disciples over meals and through conversations.
And before He left this world to take His rightful place on His throne in heaven, Jesus said these words to his disciples, as recorded in Matthew 28:18–20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” And he gave them the Holy Spirit to help them live for Him in this world. It’s the simplicity of these words that drives Cornerstone Telugu Fellowship, as we seek to make disciples and release them on the very mission of Jesus to India.
Disciple. Strange word, isn’t it? Chances are, if you’ve never been to church, you’ve never used that word. But the word “disciple” is rich with meaning and purpose. For Christians, it’s at the very heart of the mission that Jesus himself gave us. So, we use it proudly but also know that we need to define it.
At Cornerstone Telugu Fellowship, we believe a disciple is someone entirely devoted to learning about and living for Jesus—after all, it is all about Jesus.
We conduct regular Discipleship Seminars, weekly Acts Bible Study a verse by verse study in the light of Discipleship and with personal counseling and prayers as well.
Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer