What Does it Mean to “Raise the Bar on What it Means to be a Disciple”

For a start how about …

  1. We would expect a greater involvement in reaching the lost from the the very start.
  2. We would give more opportunity earlier for them to demonstrate faithfulness.
  3. We would put them in stretching situations earlier.
  4. We would emphasize eschatology–Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (based on 1 Thessalonians).
  5. We would expect and exhort them to holiness, love and sacrifice.
  6. We would baptize them earlier than we do (generally).
  7. We would teach them the sermon on the mount as the normative goal for their behavior.
  8. We would cultivate a shema-lifestyle – loving God with all our heart, mind soul and strength and our neighbors as ourselves. There’s a start.

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