what does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”

Matthew 28:18-20

I heard an interesting rather short presentation or lecture by a prominent evangelical theologian whose thought and writings I respect. But I came away not at all convinced by what he said, specifically in regard to the follower of Christ and creation care. He pointed to Deuteronomy which would provide context for the time Christ was here. It is certainly a call for humanity in general (Genesis). Not sure it’s actually taken up in God’s call to Abraham.

It seems to me to be a follower/disciple of Christ is cross-shaped through and through. And what it involves is spelled out in both the gospels, Acts, and the letters, along with Revelation, the entire New (Second) Testament. It’s to be a witness to the gospel/good news of God in Jesus. And it’s first to be impacting our own lives, but we also consider it in reference to all of life. In and through Jesus.

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