What is a Christian and What Does a Christian Do?
“A Christian is a disciple who makes disciples.”
What is a Christian? And what does a Christian do? In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus answers this question in his final words to His closest friends, to whom He was entrusting the entire future of Christianity: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” A Christian is a disciple of Jesus. And a Christian makes other disciples of Jesus. A Christian is a disciple who makes disciples.
A disciple can be described as an apprentice, a student. A good student or apprentice takes on the characteristics of his or her teacher and lives out the instructions the teacher gives. Likewise, Jesus’ disciples take on, are “baptized into,” the identity, the characteristics of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And a disciple of Jesus lives out the life that Jesus taught, obeying “everything [Jesus] commanded” us.
The way we like to say this at Believers Church is that Jesus is our vision, and our goal is to be near Jesus and to become like Jesus. This is the heart of discipleship.