“Discipleship” is not defined or identified as a group of folks meeting on a 2-hour study of a particular subject on a particular day. I have no idea where’s this thing came from since Jesus and the disciples never did it.
Jesus could have asked Peter to pass around copies of Discipleship Lesson 2 On Faith when they enter into the upper room in Jerusalem or synagogue. But instead, as they passes… by hills and valleys and they hear birds singing Jesus said, “look at the birds” and it’s about faith. “See these grasses?” Jesus added and it becomes a lesson on trust.
The way our master discipler, Jesus, raised them as sons and daughters of the kingdom, (not as faithful members of a social religious fan (god) club) is very effective and powerful that He can just leave after three years with them. And a revolution starts with just a bunch of smelly fishermen. We must go back to the basics of discipleship which is apprenticeship: one who is bound to serve one another for a long period of time. Full of endurance to learn the art of changing lives. As we are called to serve Him and one another, Jesus then develops His followers and all who wants to follow Him to be servants. “Denying” “dying to yourself” “laying down ones life to your brother” “no desire of yourself whatsoever” is not a “leadership course” at all to attend in a classroom during a conference. As we see most leadership stuff develops in the “barn” whereas servanthood is develop in the “field.”
Imagine if Jesus had only spent 12-hours a day with His disciples for 3 years time, and we do it for a 2-hour academic knowledge once a week discipleship training. Do you know how many years would it take for us to become Jesus disciples?
No wonder it is in the “togetherness,” it’s in the “daily from house to house” “breaking bread” and “in the apostles doctrine” (Acts 2:42-46) that the earliest church functioned as a body of Christ, (not fragmented species) to corporately obey their King. A “change life” depends on “one another” and not on a weekly 2-hour knowledge puff-up style.
There are 168 hours in one week. If we spent only 2 or 4 hour in a quick meeting-based church having a “talk-shows” instead of “do-it-together LIFE” you know what? It doesn’t transfer kingdom values!