Can we use research to discover the core attributes of a disciple? Or is this a purely biblical matter?
In a previous post, I shared different methods that we use to filter whether or not someone is a disciple of Jesus. The only problem with those common methods is that they are often anecdotal, and purely based on situational experiences.
Take Greg Ogden’s list, for example. He presents a biblical standard for discipleship by outlining how disciples:
- Are proactive ministers
- Live a disciplined way of life
- Understand that discipleship affects all of life
- Are a countercultural force
- Are an essential, chosen organism
- Are a biblically informed people
- Are people who share their faith
This is a fantastic list, and very difficult to disagree with, since it is biblical. The problem with his list and everyone else’s is that they are merely anecdotal good ideas and frameworks. There is no evidence that these ideas, when transformed into a discipleship pathway, will actually produce the attributes of a healthy disciple.